GHG Introduction

Why conduct a Greenhouse Gas Inventory?

Each year, MIT measures campus emissions to better understand our impact on the health of people and the environment, and to inform our carbon reduction strategy. The current inventory includes emissions in three areas: owned/leased buildings, fugitive gases, and campus vehicles. In October 2015, MIT set a goal to use the campus as a “test bed” for climate action, and develop solutions to reduce campus emissions by at least 32 percent by 2030 and aspire toward achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible. The inventory is being used to inform MIT’s carbon reduction plans and as a tool for campus learning and engagement.

With the underlying energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) data publicly available, staff, students, and faculty can use the inventory to support the Institute’s efforts to identify ways to reduce MIT’s emissions, understand related energy and emission trends, and refine data collection methods.

MIT has published its first ever Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy, which lays out the pathways and strategies that will guide the MIT administration in meeting or surpassing MIT's greenhouse gas emission reduction goal. A two-page summary of progress through 2016 is also available.

To learn more:

Read the recent MIT News article on the release of the 2016 MIT GHG inventory here. Check out the MIT News article on the release of the 2014 and 2015 inventories here. Download the MIT Greenhouse Gas Inventory FAQ. Read MIT's Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy report here.

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