Kilroy Realty achieves carbon-neutral operations - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  January 5, 2021

Kilroy Realty achieves carbon-neutral operations

Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a West Coast landlord and developer, announced Jan. 4 that it achieved carbon-neutral operations at the end of 2020. In 2018, the company was the first North American real estate investment trust to make a commitment to achieve carbon-neutral operations and it accomplished its goal. These efforts fully addressed Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions associated with the operations of KRC’s buildings.

“In 2018, I committed our company to reach carbon-neutral operations by the end of 2020 and we have kept that promise,” John Kilroy, chairman and CEO of KRC, said in a statement. “This achievement demonstrates that real-estate companies can and should thrive while being excellent stewards of the environment.”

The company focused on the following strategies to achieve carbon-neutral operations:

  • Energy efficiency, reducing energy use by approximately 18% from 2010 levels
  • Onsite renewables, installing solar PV on 15 of its properties
  • Offsite renewables, entering into an agreement for a large offsite solar array that will fully address the electricity consumption of its properties and procuring 100% Green-e certified power from several energy providers
  • RECs, purchasing RECs to convert to 100% renewable electricity across all properties
  • Carbon offsets, using verified emission reduction credits to offset the remainder of the company’s greenhouse gas emissions

KRC will continue to achieve annual carbon-neutral operations, effectively decoupling its carbon emissions from the company’s growth or from changes in the operation of its properties, such as those due to COVID-19. The company is now focusing on reducing its Scope 3 emissions through strategic management of the carbon emissions associated with its construction materials as well as emissions associated with tenant energy use.

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