Our goal of 2048 coincides with the university’s 200th anniversary while also aligning with recommendations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as the City of Madison’s 2050 goal and the Wisconsin Clean Energy Plan. UW–Madison has also set an interim target of 100% renewable electricity by 2030–an ambitious yet critical step on the path to net-zero emissions.
The infrastructure changes required to achieve Net Zero will be a major undertaking. Success will depend not only on actions by UW–Madison but by our valued partners, from utility providers to state agencies, as well as other factors. Presently, UW–Madison is embarking on multiple studies to assess and understand our opportunities for action, as well as continuing to expand our renewable energy portfolio and seek opportunities for collaboration. Below, we define Net Zero and offer examples of the work we are doing to get there.