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To get to zero by 2050, Tennessee must cut climate pollution by 4.2 million metric tons of C02 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Tennessee
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 Tennessee 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 3.2 million buildings in Tennessee and 58% of building systems are already electrified.
We need to electrify the remaining 1.4 million buildings in Tennessee. That's around 49,000 per year.
That will solve 8% of the problem.
🚗 Getting Around
38% of emissions in Tennessee 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 2.1 million vehicles in Tennessee and 8,000 are already electric (0.4% of the total).
We need to electrify the remaining 2.1 million vehicles. That's around 76,000 a year.
That will solve another 38% of the problem.
🔌 Power Generation
21% of emissions in Tennessee 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 Tennessee we need to close and replace:
5 coal plants
Eastman Chemical Company
12 gas plants
Gleason Combustion Turbine Plant
Brownsville Combustion Turbine Plant
Tate & Lyle Loudon Plant
Vanderbilt University Power Plant
MTSU Power Co-Gen Plant
Mountain Home Energy Center
University of Tennessee Steam Plant
2 oil plants
...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 6,000 MWs of wind and 6,000 MWs of solar.
Since Tennessee already has 48 megawatts of solar power generation and 5 megawatts of wind power generation, that's 210 Megawatts of wind capacity AND 216 Megawatts of solar capacity a year we need to build.
That will solve another 21% of the problem.
🏭 Other Emissions
The last 33% of emissions in Tennessee 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