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To get to zero by 2050, South Carolina must cut climate pollution by 3.0 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in South 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
5% of emissions in South 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 2.3 million buildings in South Carolina and 66% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 779,000 buildings in South Carolina. That's around 28,000 per year.
That will solve 5% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
40% of emissions in South 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 1.8 million vehicles in South Carolina and 4,000 are already electric (0.2% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 1.8 million vehicles. That's around 63,000 a year.
That will solve another 40% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
33% of emissions in South 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 South Carolina we need to close and replace:
7 coal plants
WestRock CP, LLC Florence Mill
KapStone Charleston Kraft, LLC
19 gas plants
John S. Rainey Generating Station
W S Lee
Jasper County Generating Facility
Broad River Energy Center
Mill Creek Combustion Turbine Station
Columbia Energy Center (SC)
11 oil plants
Hilton Head Gas Turbine Site
Myrtle Beach Gas Turbine Site
North Road Peak
Seneca City of
City West Diesel Plant
Pacolet Diesel Generation Facility
...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 5,000 MWs of wind and 5,000 MWs of solar.
Since South Carolina already has 309 megawatts of solar power generation and 0 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 161 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 179 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 33% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 22% of emissions in South 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