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

Emissions in California

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.


California's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    10% of California'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 California's 11.5 million buildings.

    In fact, 28% of buildings in California are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 8.3 million dirty buildings in California. That's around 297,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.28.43% have been electrified, and the remaining 71.57% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 10% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    49% of California'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 14.2 million vehicles in California and 425,000 are already electric (3% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 13.8 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 496,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.3% have been electrified, and the remaining 97% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 49% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    7% of California'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 California

    1 coal plant

    Name: Argus Cogen Plant
County: San Bernardino
Megawatt Capacity: 63
Utility: Searles Valley Minerals Operations Inc.

    Argus Cogen Plant
    San Bernardino County
    63 MW

    293 gas plants

    Name: Moss Landing
County: Monterey
Megawatt Capacity: 3,102
Utility: Dynegy -Moss Landing LLC

    Moss Landing
    Monterey County
    3,102 MW

    Name: Haynes Generating Station
County: Los Angeles
Megawatt Capacity: 2,885
Utility: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    Haynes Generating Station
    Los Angeles County
    2,885 MW

    Name: AES Alamitos
County: Los Angeles
Megawatt Capacity: 2,055
Utility: AES Alamitos LLC

    AES Alamitos
    Los Angeles County
    2,055 MW

    Name: Scattergood Generating Station
County: Los Angeles
Megawatt Capacity: 1,719
Utility: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    Scattergood Generating Station
    Los Angeles County
    1,719 MW

    ...and 289 more

    7 oil plants

    Name: Dynegy Oakland Power Plant
County: Alameda
Megawatt Capacity: 260
Utility: Dynegy Oakland, LLC

    Dynegy Oakland Power Plant
    Alameda County
    260 MW

    Name: McClure
County: Stanislaus
Megawatt Capacity: 142
Utility: Modesto Irrigation District

    McClure
    Stanislaus County
    142 MW

    Name: SC 1 Data Center, Phase 2
County: Santa Clara
Megawatt Capacity: 93
Utility: Xeres Ventures LLC

    SC 1 Data Center, Phase 2
    Santa Clara County
    93 MW

    Name: Kings Beach
County: Placer
Megawatt Capacity: 31
Utility: Liberty Utilities (CalPeco Electric) LLC

    Kings Beach
    Placer County
    31 MW

    Name: Phillips 66 Carbon Plant
County: Contra Costa
Megawatt Capacity: 27
Utility: Phillips 66 Company

    Phillips 66 Carbon Plant
    Contra Costa County
    27 MW

    Name: Pebbly Beach Generating Station Hybrid
County: Los Angeles
Megawatt Capacity: 13
Utility: Southern California Edison Co

    Pebbly Beach Generating Station Hybrid
    Los Angeles County
    13 MW

    Name: Regional Wastewater Control Facility
County: San Joaquin
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: City of Stockton MUD

    Regional Wastewater Control Facility
    San Joaquin County
    5 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 23,000 Megawatts of wind power and 24,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since California already has 2,000 Megawatts of wind and 6,000 Megawatts of solar, that's 18,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 18,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 746 Megawatts of wind power and 647 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 29% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 7% of the pollution.

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

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 7%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    The last 34% of California'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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