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To get to zero by 2050, Vermont must cut climate pollution by
0.3 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Vermont
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
31% of Vermont'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 Vermont's 351,000 buildings.
In fact, 20% of buildings in Vermont are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 281,000 dirty buildings in Vermont. That's around 10,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 31% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
38% of Vermont'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 193,000 vehicles in Vermont and 2,000 are already electric (1.2% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 191,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 7,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 38% of the pollution.
Vermont produces all of it's power without making any climate pollution! 😎
Check out another state to see how they can cut their power emissions to zero.
The last 31% of Vermont'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:
Ready to do your part?
Learn how to electrify your own machines and pass local policy to electrify the restTake Action