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To get to zero by 2050, Idaho must cut climate pollution by
1.2 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Idaho
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
10% of Idaho'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 Idaho's 942,000 buildings.
In fact, 38% of buildings in Idaho are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 583,000 dirty buildings in Idaho. That's around 21,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 10% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
32% of Idaho'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 588,000 vehicles in Idaho and 2,000 are already electric (0.4% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 586,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 21,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 32% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
4% of Idaho'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 Idaho
8 gas plants
Bennett Mountain Power Project
Langley Gulch Power Plant
Rathdrum Power, LLC
Evander Andrews Power Complex
Rathdrum Combustion Turbine Project
Amalgamated Sugar Twin Falls
Twin Falls County
Amalgamated Sugar LLC Nampa
BYUI Central Energy Facility
1 oil plant
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 2,000 Megawatts of wind power and 1,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since Idaho already has 303 Megawatts of wind and 78 Megawatts of solar, that's 1,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 1,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 48 Megawatts of wind power and 47 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 4% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 54% of Idaho'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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