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.


Virginia's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    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!

    We'll replace...

    ...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.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.55.23% have been electrified, and the remaining 44.77% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 10% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    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.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.7% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.3% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 39% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    24% of Virginia'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 Virginia

    6 coal plants

    Name: Clover Power Station
County: Halifax
Megawatt Capacity: 848
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Clover Power Station
    Halifax County
    848 MW

    Name: Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center
County: Wise
Megawatt Capacity: 668
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center
    Wise County
    668 MW

    Name: Birchwood Power Facility
County: King George
Megawatt Capacity: 258
Utility: Birchwood Power Partners LP

    Birchwood Power Facility
    King George County
    258 MW

    Name: Spruance Genco, LLC
County: Richmond City
Megawatt Capacity: 230
Utility: Veolia Energy Operating Service

    Spruance Genco, LLC
    Richmond City County
    230 MW

    Name: City Point Energy Center
County: Hopewell City
Megawatt Capacity: 115
Utility: City Point Energy Center

    City Point Energy Center
    Hopewell City County
    115 MW

    Name: RockTenn West Point Mill
County: King William
Megawatt Capacity: 101
Utility: WestRock-West Point Mill

    RockTenn West Point Mill
    King William County
    101 MW

    28 gas plants

    Name: Possum Point Power Station
County: Prince William
Megawatt Capacity: 2,082
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Possum Point Power Station
    Prince William County
    2,082 MW

    Name: Chesterfield Power Station
County: Chesterfield
Megawatt Capacity: 1,800
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Chesterfield Power Station
    Chesterfield County
    1,800 MW

    Name: Greensville County Power Station
County: Greensville
Megawatt Capacity: 1,773
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Greensville County Power Station
    Greensville County
    1,773 MW

    Name: Warren County Power Station
County: Warren
Megawatt Capacity: 1,472
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Warren County Power Station
    Warren County
    1,472 MW

    ...and 24 more

    33 oil plants

    Name: Yorktown Power Station
County: York
Megawatt Capacity: 1,257
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Yorktown Power Station
    York County
    1,257 MW

    Name: Chesapeake
County: Chesapeake City
Megawatt Capacity: 812
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Chesapeake
    Chesapeake City County
    812 MW

    Name: Commonwealth Chesapeake
County: Accomack
Megawatt Capacity: 403
Utility: Commonwealth Chesapeake Co LLC

    Commonwealth Chesapeake
    Accomack County
    403 MW

    Name: Low Moor
County: Alleghany
Megawatt Capacity: 83
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Low Moor
    Alleghany County
    83 MW

    ...and 29 more

    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 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.

    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 5% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 24% of the pollution.

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

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 27%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 39%🏠 Buildings: 10%

    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:

    • 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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