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To get to zero by 2050, District of Columbia must cut emissions by 3.7% a year
Emissions in District of Columbia
Million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent (MTCO2e ) emissions
Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.
Source: WRI, Mar 2021
This is how we're going to do it
Source: WRI, Mar 2021
- Boilers and furnaces with heat pumps
- Gas stoves with electric induction stoves
- 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
Decarbonize Our Buildings
47% of District of Columbia'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!
...in all of District of Columbia's 78,000 buildings.
In fact, 36.4% of appliances in buildings in District of Columbia are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 49,000 dirty buildings in District of Columbia. That's around 2,000 per year.Source: Microsoft, Mar 2021; NREL, Dec 2021
Electrifying all buildings cuts 47% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
30% of District of Columbia'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 210,000 vehicles in District of Columbia and 2,000 are already electric (1.1% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 208,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 8,000 a year.Source: DOT, Feb 2021
Electrifying all transportation cuts 30% of the pollution.
District of Columbia doesn't produce any power that creates climate pollution! 😎
Check out another state to see how they can cut their power emissions to zero.
The last 23% of District of Columbia'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:
That doesn't mean there's no solution, it just means that clean electrification doesn't help with these problems, and you could fill a whole book with covering all of them. We need to encourage our politicians to invest in researching new solutions and implementing existing solutions to these problems!
Ready to do your part?
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