The University of Michigan is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions university-wide.
FY23 Climate Action Report
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- 2025 — reduce emissions from purchased power (Scope 2) to net zero.
- 2040 — eliminate direct, on-campus greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1).
- 2025 — establish goals for a wide range of indirect emission sources (Scope 3).
- Foster a university-wide culture of sustainability, with justice as a core principle.
- Discontinued direct investments in companies that are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases, and new investments in funds whose primary focus is oil reserves, oil extraction, or thermal coal extraction.
- Shifted natural resource investments to renewable energy, low-carbon fuel and other investments to help build a sustainable economy.
- Pursuing a net-zero endowment by 2050.
U-M efforts align with UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance:
- U-M is on pace to reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2025, which exceeds the IPCC's guidance to reduce emissions by 45 percent by 2030.
- U-M committed to eliminating 100 percent of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2040 — ten years ahead of the IPCC's global net-zero target.
For more up-to-date information on how U-M is progressing toward carbon neutrality, visit the Priorities & Progress page.