Climate Action

Policy Goals:

Before 2025, each UC campus (including their associated Academic Health Center), LBNL, and UCOP will set location-specific targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a 2019 baseline. Before 2026, these locations will submit campus-adopted climate action plans to the Office of the President. 

These targets and plans will address:

Total Emissions

  • Reduce total emissions (scope 1, 2, and 3) at least 90% by 2045 without relying on carbon offsets
  • Negate any residual emissions remaining in 2045 through investments in carbon removal (no more than 10% of 2019 emission levels)

Scope 1 Emissions

  • Set reduction targets for 2030, 2035 and 2040 by January 1, 2025
  • Incrementally reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from the on-site combustion of fossil fuels 
  • Allocate funds equal to $25/mtCO2e for all remaining Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions in 2025 through 2030 towards projects that achieve direct emissions reductions or support climate justice or community benefit programs

Scope 2 Emissions

  • Purchase 100% clean electricity beginning in 2025 (LBNL will follow federal requirements)

Scope 3 Emissions

  • Set scope 3 emissions reduction targets for business travel, commuting, and solid waste disposal in alignment with the State of California’s goals

Note: This is a summary of policy goals. Additional details and current requirements are available in the UC Sustainable Practices Policy. See UC's progress toward these goals in the Annual Report on Sustainable Practices.


Leading on Climate

UC is committed to understanding the climate crisis and implementing practical solutions to build a more equitable, resilient and healthy world.