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To get to zero by 2050, Ohio must cut climate pollution by 8.9 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Ohio
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
13% of emissions in Ohio 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 5.5 million buildings in Ohio and 27% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 4.1 million buildings in Ohio. That's around 146,000 per year.
That will solve 13% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
25% of emissions in Ohio 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 4.2 million vehicles in Ohio and 15,000 are already electric (0.3% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 4.2 million vehicles. That's around 152,000 a year.
That will solve another 25% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
30% of emissions in Ohio 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 Ohio we need to close and replace:
15 coal plants
Gen J M Gavin
W H Sammis
Miami Fort Power Station
W H Zimmer Generating Station
Avon Lake Power Plant
Haverhill North Cogeneration Facility
Middletown Coke Company, LLC
Wausau Paper Middletown
39 gas plants
Dynegy Hanging Rock II, LLC
Oregon Clean Energy Center
Rolling Hills Generating LLC
Clean Energy Future - Lordstown, LLC
Carroll County Energy
Troy Energy, LLC
Fremont Energy Center
Dynegy Washington II, LLC
Madison Generating Station
36 oil plants
Piqua Power 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 13,000 MWs of wind and 13,000 MWs of solar.
Since Ohio already has 107 megawatts of solar power generation and 296 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 466 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 468 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 30% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 32% of emissions in Ohio 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