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To get to zero by 2050, Massachusetts must cut climate pollution by 2.6 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Massachusetts
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
30% of emissions in Massachusetts 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 2.1 million buildings in Massachusetts and 24% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 1.6 million buildings in Massachusetts. That's around 58,000 per year.
That will solve 30% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
43% of emissions in Massachusetts 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 2.0 million vehicles in Massachusetts and 21,000 are already electric (1% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 2.0 million vehicles. That's around 71,000 a year.
That will solve another 43% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
11% of emissions in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts we need to close and replace:
38 gas plants
Fore River Energy Center
Salem Harbor Station NGCC
ANP Bellingham Energy Company, LLC
ANP Blackstone Energy Company, LLC
Millennium Power Partners
Kendall Green Energy LLC
16 oil plants
Stony Brook Energy Center
MBTA South Boston Power Facility
Wellesley College Central Utility 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 6,000 MWs of wind and 5,000 MWs of solar.
Since Massachusetts already has 491 megawatts of solar power generation and 25 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 205 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 151 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 11% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 16% of emissions in Massachusetts 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