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To get to zero by 2050, Georgia must cut climate pollution by
5.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Georgia
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.
- 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
8% of Georgia'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 Georgia's 4.0 million buildings.
In fact, 52% of buildings in Georgia are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 1.9 million dirty buildings in Georgia. That's around 69,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 8% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
37% of Georgia'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 3.5 million vehicles in Georgia and 24,000 are already electric (0.7% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 3.5 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 125,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 37% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
34% of Georgia's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.
To cut this pollution...
Put solar panels on your roof!
Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.
...and find good jobs for those workers.
Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Georgia
5 coal plants
27 gas plants
McIntosh Combined Cycle Facility
Wansley CC (55965)
11 oil plants
Allen B Wilson Combustion Turbine Plant
Savannah River Mill
Walton Bainbridge Power Facility
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
State Farm Support Center East
Emory Decatur Hospital
Emory Hillandale Hospital
Sun Trust Plaza
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 10,000 Megawatts of wind power and 12,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since Georgia already has 0 Megawatts of wind and 591 Megawatts of solar, that's 11,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 11,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 355 Megawatts of wind power and 391 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 34% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 21% of Georgia'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:
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