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To get to zero by 2050, Rhode Island must cut climate pollution by
0.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Rhode Island
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
27% of Rhode Island'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 Rhode Island's 393,000 buildings.
In fact, 21% of buildings in Rhode Island are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 311,000 dirty buildings in Rhode Island. That's around 11,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 27% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
34% of Rhode Island'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 382,000 vehicles in Rhode Island and 2,000 are already electric (0.4% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 380,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 14,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 34% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
26% of Rhode Island'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 Rhode Island
9 gas plants
Rhode Island State Energy Center
Tiverton Power, LLC
Manchester Street Station
Ocean State Power
Ocean State Power II
Pawtucket Power Associates, LP
Toray Plastic America's CHP Plant
Central Power Plant
Rhode Island Hospital
1 oil plant
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 1,000 Megawatts of wind power and 1,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since Rhode Island already has 0 Megawatts of wind and 0 Megawatts of solar, that's 1,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 1,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 40 Megawatts of wind power and 37 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 26% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 14% of Rhode Island'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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