Turning Paris into reality at the University of California

The Paris Agreement highlights the need for local climate leadership. The University Of California’s approach to deep decarbonization offers lessons in efficiency, alternative fuels and electrification. Bending the emissions curve globally requires efforts that blend academic insights with practical solutions.

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Fig. 1: Emissions and natural gas consumption at University of California (UC) campuses in 2015.
Fig. 2: UC’s recent rate of progress toward eliminating carbon from operations since 2009 (reliable data for all campuses is not available for prior years).

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We gratefully acknowledge the TomKat Charitable Trust, which provided funding to convene our working group, and UCSB’s National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and Institute for Energy Efficiency, which co-administered the TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality project. Supplementary support was provided by the University of California Office of the President and by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at the University of California. D.G.V. and A.A. were supported by the Deep Decarbonization Initiative of UCSD and by Electric Power Research Institute. S.J.D. was supported by NSF INFEWS Grant EAR 1639318. A.M. and R.Z.P. were supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the US Department of Energy under contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231. We also thank the other members of the Natural Gas Exit Strategies Working Group: F. Bockmiller, J. Brouwer, C. Diamond, E. Dowey, J. Elliott, R. Eng, S. Kaffka, M. Kloss, L. McNeilly, I. Mezić, J. Morejohn, E. Ritzinger, S. Weissman and J. Williams.

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Alan Meier10,11, Steven J. Davis8, David G. Victor1,2,3, Karl Brown7, Lisa McNeilly16, Mark Modera11, Rebecca Zarin Pass10, Jordan Sager13, David Weil14, David Auston4, Ahmed Abdulla1,2, Fred Bockmiller5, Wendell Brase5, Jack Brouwer6, Charles Diamond13, Emily Dowey17, John Elliott10, Rowena Eng13, Stephen Kaffka11, Carrie V. Kappel9, Margarita Kloss10, Igor Mezić13, Josh Morejohn11, David Phillips12, Evan Ritzinger13, Steven Weissman18 and Jim Williams19

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    Victor, D.G., Abdulla, A., Auston, D. et al. Turning Paris into reality at the University of California. Nature Clim Change 8, 183–185 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0103-3

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