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To get to zero by 2050, North Carolina must cut climate pollution by
5.1 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in North Carolina
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 North Carolina'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 North Carolina's 4.7 million buildings.
In fact, 60% of buildings in North Carolina are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 1.9 million dirty buildings in North Carolina. That's around 67,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 8% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
36% of North Carolina'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 3.4 million vehicles in North Carolina and 16,000 are already electric (0.5% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 3.4 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 122,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 36% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
33% of North Carolina'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 North Carolina
8 coal plants
G G Allen
University of NC Chapel Hill
16 gas plants
H F Lee Steam Electric Plant
Richmond County Plant
L V Sutton
New Hanover County
Cleveland County Generating Facility
43 oil plants
Lincoln Combustion Turbine
W H Weatherspoon
Rosemary Power Station
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 9,000 Megawatts of wind power and 10,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since North Carolina already has 58 Megawatts of wind and 1,000 Megawatts of solar, that's 9,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 9,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 334 Megawatts of wind power and 327 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 33% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 23% of North Carolina'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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