Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a Department of Energy Office of Science research laboratory operated by the University of California. Sustainability performance highlights from the last year include:
Maintained energy savings
The Lab maintains a portfolio of energy and water savings which currently totals 12.2 million kilowatt hours of weather-corrected electricity and natural gas savings and over 19 million gallons of water savings per year. Much of this savings is being generated through improvements in building operations, driven by a dedicated ongoing commissioning team.
Measured energy savings
The Lab’s total weather-corrected energy use intensity is 21% lower than in 2015. The Lab has paid particular attention to reducing natural gas consumption: Natural gas energy use intensity is now 28% lower than in 2015.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Total reported greenhouse gas emissions are 29% below 2008 levels and 20% below 2015 levels.
The Lab reduced its annual consumption of potable water by about 20 million gallons, mostly through efforts to reduce intermittent single-pass cooling.
The Lab opened its Integrative Genomics Laboratory in November 2019. This building, which won the UC Best Practice Award for Overall Sustainable Design, is designed to meet deep energy-efficiency targets (consuming less than 36% of the energy used by the future occupants at their current facility) and use no natural gas for space or water heating.
The Lab published a new campus-level policy on sustainability standards for operations that clarifies roles and responsibilities related to achieving zero waste, advances management of energy and water, and reduces use of toxic substances. The Lab also updated its Sustainability Standards for New Construction, first implemented in 2013, adding electrification requirements, among other improvements.
After undergoing two Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in the fall of 2020, Berkeley Lab is now taking steps to improve the resilience of its energy systems. This effort is raising new requirements for sustainable energy systems as the Lab works toward a unified vision of how renewable generation and storage, along with changes […]
CLIMATE PROTECTION – EMISSIONS
ENERGY USE INTENSITY (EUI)
The Lab continued to make strides in its efforts to use alternative transportation methods and support the use of electric vehicles in 2020.
of light-duty vehicles acquired in 2020 were electric (zero-emission) and hybrid vehicles
EV charging stations at this location for 2019-2020
ZERO WASTE – GENERATED
ZERO WASTE – DIVERTED
The Lab’s total LEED certifications speak to its commitment to sustainability.
1 Platinum and 5 GoldTotal number of LEED certifications
The Lab received three Department of Energy Sustainability Awards: the 2019 Accelerating Smart Labs Project Award, the Sustainable High Performance Computing/Data Center Award, and a 2020 Department of Energy Sustainability Award Honorable Mention – Outstanding Sustainability Program/Project
A full list of awards is here.