To get to zero by 2050, Alabama must cut climate pollution by
4.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in Alabama

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


Alabama's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    3% of Alabama's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of Alabama's 2.5 million buildings.

    In fact, 61% of buildings in Alabama are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 968,000 dirty buildings in Alabama. That's around 35,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.60.58% have been electrified, and the remaining 39.42% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 3% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    24% of Alabama's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 2.0 million vehicles in Alabama and 3,000 are already electric (0.1% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 2.0 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 73,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.1% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.9% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 24% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    38% of Alabama's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Alabama

    5 coal plants

    Name: Barry
County: Mobile
Megawatt Capacity: 2,842
Utility: Alabama Power Co

    Barry
    Mobile County
    2,842 MW

    Name: James H Miller Jr
County: Jefferson
Megawatt Capacity: 2,822
Utility: Alabama Power Co

    James H Miller Jr
    Jefferson County
    2,822 MW

    Name: E C Gaston
County: Shelby
Megawatt Capacity: 2,034
Utility: Alabama Power Co

    E C Gaston
    Shelby County
    2,034 MW

    Name: Gorgas
County: Walker
Megawatt Capacity: 1,417
Utility: Alabama Power Co

    Gorgas
    Walker County
    1,417 MW

    Name: Charles R Lowman
County: Washington
Megawatt Capacity: 1,265
Utility: PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

    Charles R Lowman
    Washington County
    1,265 MW

    25 gas plants

    Name: Plant H. Allen Franklin
County: Lee
Megawatt Capacity: 2,684
Utility: Southern Power Co

    Plant H. Allen Franklin
    Lee County
    2,684 MW

    Name: E B Harris Generating Plant
County: Autauga
Megawatt Capacity: 2,534
Utility: Southern Power Co

    E B Harris Generating Plant
    Autauga County
    2,534 MW

    Name: Colbert
County: Colbert
Megawatt Capacity: 1,826
Utility: Tennessee Valley Authority

    Colbert
    Colbert County
    1,826 MW

    Name: Greene County
County: Greene
Megawatt Capacity: 1,288
Utility: Alabama Power Co

    Greene County
    Greene County
    1,288 MW

    ...and 21 more

    1 oil plant

    Name: Crestwood Dothan
County: Houston
Megawatt Capacity: 14
Utility: Crestwood Corp

    Crestwood Dothan
    Houston County
    14 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 7,000 Megawatts of wind power and 8,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Alabama already has 0 Megawatts of wind and 58 Megawatts of solar, that's 8,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 8,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 237 Megawatts of wind power and 287 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 1% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 38% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 38%🚗 Transport: 24%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    The last 34% of Alabama's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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