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To get to zero by 2050, North Carolina must cut climate pollution by 5.1 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in North Carolina
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
8% of emissions in North Carolina 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 4.7 million buildings in North Carolina and 60% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 1.9 million buildings in North Carolina. That's around 67,000 per year.
That will solve 8% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
36% of emissions in North Carolina 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 3.4 million vehicles in North Carolina and 16,000 are already electric (0.5% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 3.4 million vehicles. That's around 122,000 a year.
That will solve another 36% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
33% of emissions in North Carolina 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 North Carolina we need to close and replace:
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
Plant Rowan County
Rockingham County Combustion Turbine
Kings Mountain Energy Center
NCEMC Anson Plant
43 oil plants
Lincoln Combustion Turbine
W H Weatherspoon
Rosemary Power Station
Smithfield Farmland Corp Bladen
Gastonia Prime Power Park
Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp.
Gastonia, Tulip Drive
...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 9,000 MWs of wind and 10,000 MWs of solar.
Since North Carolina already has 1,000 megawatts of solar power generation and 58 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 334 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 327 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 33% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 23% of emissions in North Carolina 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