Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, said the University adopted a “wait and see” approach in 2012 to the coal-free deadline established by former Chancellor Holden Thorp. UNC made no public announcement about the approach.
“What we are working on is coming up with a realistic plan using technologies that are viable and developing a realistic financial time frame. We are highly committed to getting off of coal,” Ives said. “We’re just not willing to set a timeline that is arbitrary before we know what our technology is going to be.”
Ives said UNC will have a plan by the end of 2016 about how to convert the Cameron Avenue plant off of coal and how to be greenhouse gas neutral. He said UNC plans to be greenhouse gas neutral by 2050 and is looking to move up the timeline.
The 2020 coal-free deadline planned for the cogeneration plant on Cameron Avenue, which generates power for campus, to be converted off of coal use in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.