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

Emissions in Utah

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.


Utah's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    9% of Utah'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 Utah's 1.1 million buildings.

    In fact, 21% of buildings in Utah are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 859,000 dirty buildings in Utah. That's around 31,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.20.58% have been electrified, and the remaining 79.42% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 9% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    26% of Utah'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 903,000 vehicles in Utah and 11,000 are already electric (1.2% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 891,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 32,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.1.2% have been electrified, and the remaining 98.8% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 26% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    39% of Utah'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 Utah

    5 coal plants

    Name: Intermountain
County: Millard
Megawatt Capacity: 2,480
Utility: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    Intermountain
    Millard County
    2,480 MW

    Name: Hunter
County: Emery
Megawatt Capacity: 1,577
Utility: PacifiCorp

    Hunter
    Emery County
    1,577 MW

    Name: Huntington
County: Emery
Megawatt Capacity: 1,037
Utility: PacifiCorp

    Huntington
    Emery County
    1,037 MW

    Name: Bonanza
County: Uintah
Megawatt Capacity: 610
Utility: Deseret Generation & Tran Coop

    Bonanza
    Uintah County
    610 MW

    Name: Sunnyside Cogen Associates
County: Carbon
Megawatt Capacity: 58
Utility: Sunnyside Cogeneration Assoc

    Sunnyside Cogen Associates
    Carbon County
    58 MW

    21 gas plants

    Name: Lake Side Power Plant
County: Utah
Megawatt Capacity: 1,385
Utility: PacifiCorp

    Lake Side Power Plant
    Utah County
    1,385 MW

    Name: Currant Creek Power Project
County: Juab
Megawatt Capacity: 649
Utility: PacifiCorp

    Currant Creek Power Project
    Juab County
    649 MW

    Name: Gadsby
County: Salt Lake
Megawatt Capacity: 492
Utility: PacifiCorp

    Gadsby
    Salt Lake County
    492 MW

    Name: West Valley Power Plant
County: Salt Lake
Megawatt Capacity: 217
Utility: Utah Municipal Power Agency

    West Valley Power Plant
    Salt Lake County
    217 MW

    ...and 17 more

    1 oil plant

    Name: St George Red Rock
County: Washington
Megawatt Capacity: 14
Utility: City of St George

    St George Red Rock
    Washington County
    14 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 4,000 Megawatts of wind power and 4,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Utah already has 94 Megawatts of wind and 471 Megawatts of solar, that's 4,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 4,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 146 Megawatts of wind power and 136 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 12% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 39% of the pollution.

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

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 26%🔌 Power: 39%🚗 Transport: 26%🏠 Buildings: 9%

    The last 26% of Utah'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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