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To get to zero by 2050, Virginia must cut climate pollution by
4.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.
Emissions in Virginia
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
10% of Virginia'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 Virginia's 3.1 million buildings.
In fact, 55% of buildings in Virginia are already fossil fuel free!
That means we only need to electrify the remaining 1.4 million dirty buildings in Virginia. That's around 50,000 per year.
Electrifying all buildings cuts 10% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Transport
39% of Virginia'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 3.1 million vehicles in Virginia and 21,000 are already electric (0.7% of the total).
We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 3.0 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 109,000 a year.
Electrifying all transportation cuts 39% of the pollution.
Decarbonize Our Power
24% of Virginia's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.
To cut this pollution...
Put solar panels on your roof!
Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.
...and find good jobs for those workers.
Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Virginia
6 coal plants
Clover Power Station
Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center
Birchwood Power Facility
King George County
Spruance Genco, LLC
Richmond City County
City Point Energy Center
Hopewell City County
RockTenn West Point Mill
King William County
28 gas plants
Possum Point Power Station
Prince William County
Chesterfield Power Station
Greensville County Power Station
Warren County Power Station
33 oil plants
Yorktown Power Station
Chesapeake City County
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 8,000 Megawatts of wind power and 9,000 Megawatts of solar power.
Since Virginia already has 6 Megawatts of wind and 420 Megawatts of solar, that's 8,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 8,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 298 Megawatts of wind power and 292 Megawatts of solar power a year.
Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 24% of the pollution.
And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!
The last 27% of Virginia'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:
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