Climate Solutions

To accelerate its transition away from fossil fuels, the University of California has adopted new, stronger climate action goals that prioritize direct emission reductions and align UC’s climate goals with those of the state of California. 

In October, 2022, President Drake created a Pathways to a Fossil-Free UC Task Force under the purview of the UC Global Climate Leadership Council. He tasked members with convening stakeholders — including students, faculty staff and administrators — across the University on the best path for accelerating UC’s decarbonization efforts. 

The new policy goals supersede UC’s 2013 Carbon Neutrality Initiative and put in place a framework and timetable for UC campuses and academic health centers to fully decarbonize no later than 2045, while achieving progressively significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 2035, and 2040. 

The Energy Services Unit supports all UC locations in achieving these goals.