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To get to zero by 2050, Florida must cut climate pollution by 9.5 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Florida
Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions
We can do it. Here's how.
- Regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon in soil
- Composting to reduce landfill methane emissions
- New techniques for manufacturing CO2 emitting materials, like concrete
3% of emissions in Florida comes from buildings.
Mostly from different types of heating.
80% of the pollution of your typical home comes from heating your space, water, and food.
There are 7.3 million buildings in Florida and 84% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 1.2 million buildings in Florida. That's around 42,000 per year.
That will solve 3% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
42% of emissions in Florida comes from cars, trucks, and planes.
Mostly from our cars.
To cut this pollution, if you have a car, your next one needs to be an electric vehicle (EV).
Or try going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, or walking if it works for you.
There are 7.8 million vehicles in Florida and 58,000 are already electric (0.7% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 7.8 million vehicles. That's around 280,000 a year.
That will solve another 42% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
37% of emissions in Florida comes from making power.
Specifically from coal, gas, and oil plants.
To cut this pollution, we need to replace all dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar).
In Florida we need to close and replace:
7 coal plants
Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center
Crist Electric Generating Plant
62 gas plants
West County Energy Center
Palm Beach County
Hines Energy Complex
Bayside Power Station
4 oil plants
Marathon Generating Plant
...and help those workers find good jobs.
But wait! Remember how we electrified all cars and buildings?
Our machines don't pollute now, because they run on electricity!
But that means we need to make more power for those new electric machines - twice as much power as we make now!
And all of it needs to be clean power!
So to cut the climate pollution from our power, cars, and buildings we need to INSTALL 16,000 MWs of wind and 22,000 MWs of solar.
Since Florida already has 1,000 megawatts of solar power generation and 0 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 584 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 726 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 37% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 18% of emissions in Florida comes other sources
This includes industry, landfills, and farming.
There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are a lot of great ideas!
Learn how to electrify your own machines and pass local policy to electrify the restTake Action