To get to zero by 2050, South Carolina must cut climate pollution by
3.0 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in South 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.


South Carolina's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    5% of South 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!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of South Carolina's 2.3 million buildings.

    In fact, 66% of buildings in South Carolina are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 779,000 dirty buildings in South Carolina. That's around 28,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.66.13% have been electrified, and the remaining 33.87% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 5% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    40% of South 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 1.8 million vehicles in South Carolina and 4,000 are already electric (0.2% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 1.8 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 63,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.2% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.8% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 40% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    33% of South Carolina's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in South Carolina

    7 coal plants

    Name: Cross
County: Berkeley
Megawatt Capacity: 2,390
Utility: South Carolina Public Service Authority

    Cross
    Berkeley County
    2,390 MW

    Name: Winyah
County: Georgetown
Megawatt Capacity: 1,260
Utility: South Carolina Public Service Authority

    Winyah
    Georgetown County
    1,260 MW

    Name: Wateree
County: Richland
Megawatt Capacity: 772
Utility: Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc

    Wateree
    Richland County
    772 MW

    Name: Williams
County: Berkeley
Megawatt Capacity: 714
Utility: South Carolina Genertg Co, Inc

    Williams
    Berkeley County
    714 MW

    Name: Cope Station
County: Orangeburg
Megawatt Capacity: 417
Utility: Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc

    Cope Station
    Orangeburg County
    417 MW

    Name: WestRock CP, LLC Florence Mill
County: Florence
Megawatt Capacity: 104
Utility: WestRock-Florence

    WestRock CP, LLC Florence Mill
    Florence County
    104 MW

    Name: KapStone Charleston Kraft, LLC
County: Charleston
Megawatt Capacity: 99
Utility: WestRock North Charleston

    KapStone Charleston Kraft, LLC
    Charleston County
    99 MW

    19 gas plants

    Name: John S. Rainey Generating Station
County: Anderson
Megawatt Capacity: 1,632
Utility: South Carolina Public Service Authority

    John S. Rainey Generating Station
    Anderson County
    1,632 MW

    Name: W S Lee
County: Anderson
Megawatt Capacity: 1,403
Utility: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC

    W S Lee
    Anderson County
    1,403 MW

    Name: Darlington County
County: Darlington
Megawatt Capacity: 1,046
Utility: Duke Energy Progress - (NC)

    Darlington County
    Darlington County
    1,046 MW

    Name: Jasper County Generating Facility
County: Jasper
Megawatt Capacity: 1,002
Utility: Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc

    Jasper County Generating Facility
    Jasper County
    1,002 MW

    ...and 15 more

    11 oil plants

    Name: Sediver
County: York
Megawatt Capacity: 523
Utility: Central Electric Power

    Sediver
    York County
    523 MW

    Name: Hilton Head Gas Turbine Site
County: Beaufort
Megawatt Capacity: 118
Utility: South Carolina Public Service Authority

    Hilton Head Gas Turbine Site
    Beaufort County
    118 MW

    Name: Myrtle Beach Gas Turbine Site
County: Horry
Megawatt Capacity: 112
Utility: South Carolina Public Service Authority

    Myrtle Beach Gas Turbine Site
    Horry County
    112 MW

    Name: North Road Peak
County: Orangeburg
Megawatt Capacity: 14
Utility: City of Orangeburg - (SC)

    North Road Peak
    Orangeburg County
    14 MW

    Name: Seneca City of
County: Oconee
Megawatt Capacity: 10
Utility: City of Seneca - (SC)

    Seneca City of
    Oconee County
    10 MW

    Name: City West Diesel Plant
County: Union
Megawatt Capacity: 7
Utility: Lockhart Power Co

    City West Diesel Plant
    Union County
    7 MW

    Name: Webb Forging
County: Union
Megawatt Capacity: 6
Utility: Central Electric Power

    Webb Forging
    Union County
    6 MW

    Name: Pacolet Diesel Generation Facility
County: Spartanburg
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: Lockhart Power Co

    Pacolet Diesel Generation Facility
    Spartanburg County
    5 MW

    Name: Thermal Kem
County: York
Megawatt Capacity: 3
Utility: Central Electric Power

    Thermal Kem
    York County
    3 MW

    Name: Valenite
County: Oconee
Megawatt Capacity: 3
Utility: Central Electric Power

    Valenite
    Oconee County
    3 MW

    Name: Honea Path
County: Abbeville
Megawatt Capacity: 3
Utility: Central Electric Power

    Honea Path
    Abbeville County
    3 MW

    But wait!

    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 5,000 Megawatts of wind power and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since South Carolina already has 0 Megawatts of wind and 309 Megawatts of solar, that's 5,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 161 Megawatts of wind power and 179 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 6% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 33% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 22%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 40%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    The last 22% of South 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:

    • 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

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