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

Emissions in Louisiana

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.


Louisiana's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    2% of Louisiana'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 Louisiana's 2.2 million buildings.

    In fact, 59% of buildings in Louisiana are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 888,000 dirty buildings in Louisiana. That's around 32,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.59.15% have been electrified, and the remaining 40.85% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 2% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    20% of Louisiana'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 1.3 million vehicles in Louisiana and 2,000 are already electric (0.1% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 1.3 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 47,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.1% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.9% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 20% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    14% of Louisiana'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 Louisiana

    3 coal plants

    Name: Big Cajun 2
County: Pointe Coupee
Megawatt Capacity: 2,633
Utility: Louisiana Generating LLC

    Big Cajun 2
    Pointe Coupee County
    2,633 MW

    Name: Brame Energy Center
County: Rapides
Megawatt Capacity: 1,707
Utility: Cleco Power LLC

    Brame Energy Center
    Rapides County
    1,707 MW

    Name: Dolet Hills Power Station
County: DeSoto
Megawatt Capacity: 721
Utility: Cleco Power LLC

    Dolet Hills Power Station
    DeSoto County
    721 MW

    46 gas plants

    Name: Ninemile Point
County: Jefferson
Megawatt Capacity: 2,791
Utility: Entergy Louisiana LLC

    Ninemile Point
    Jefferson County
    2,791 MW

    Name: Acadia Power Station
County: Acadia
Megawatt Capacity: 1,389
Utility: Cleco Power LLC

    Acadia Power Station
    Acadia County
    1,389 MW

    Name: Little Gypsy
County: St Charles
Megawatt Capacity: 1,251
Utility: Entergy Louisiana LLC

    Little Gypsy
    St Charles County
    1,251 MW

    Name: St. Charles Power Station
County: St Charles
Megawatt Capacity: 1,000
Utility: Entergy Louisiana LLC

    St. Charles Power Station
    St Charles County
    1,000 MW

    ...and 42 more

    1 oil plant

    Name: Nelson Industrial Steam Company
County: Calcasieu
Megawatt Capacity: 1,597
Utility: Entergy Louisiana LLC

    Nelson Industrial Steam Company
    Calcasieu County
    1,597 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 5,000 Megawatts of wind power and 7,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Louisiana already has 0 Megawatts of wind and 49 Megawatts of solar, that's 7,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 7,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 192 Megawatts of wind power and 242 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 1% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 14% of the pollution.

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

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 64%🔌 Power: 14%🚗 Transport: 20%🏠 Buildings: 2%

    The last 64% of Louisiana'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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