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

Emissions in Washington

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.


Washington's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    11% of Washington'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 Washington's 3.1 million buildings.

    In fact, 60% of buildings in Washington are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 1.3 million dirty buildings in Washington. That's around 45,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.59.73% have been electrified, and the remaining 40.27% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 11% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    49% of Washington'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 2.8 million vehicles in Washington and 51,000 are already electric (1.8% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 2.7 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 99,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.1.8% have been electrified, and the remaining 98.2% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 49% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    10% of Washington'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 Washington

    1 coal plant

    Name: Centralia
County: Lewis
Megawatt Capacity: 1,782
Utility: TransAlta Centralia Gen LLC

    Centralia
    Lewis County
    1,782 MW

    16 gas plants

    Name: Chehalis Generation Facility
County: Lewis
Megawatt Capacity: 698
Utility: PacifiCorp

    Chehalis Generation Facility
    Lewis County
    698 MW

    Name: Grays Harbor Energy Center
County: Grays Harbor
Megawatt Capacity: 698
Utility: Invenergy Services LLC

    Grays Harbor Energy Center
    Grays Harbor County
    698 MW

    Name: Fredonia Generating Station
County: Skagit
Megawatt Capacity: 376
Utility: Puget Sound Energy Inc

    Fredonia Generating Station
    Skagit County
    376 MW

    Name: Mint Farm Generating Station
County: Cowlitz
Megawatt Capacity: 319
Utility: Puget Sound Energy Inc

    Mint Farm Generating Station
    Cowlitz County
    319 MW

    ...and 12 more

    2 oil plants

    Name: Grimes Way
County: Whitman
Megawatt Capacity: 4
Utility: Washington State University

    Grimes Way
    Whitman County
    4 MW

    Name: Crystal Mountain
County: Pierce
Megawatt Capacity: 3
Utility: Puget Sound Energy Inc

    Crystal Mountain
    Pierce County
    3 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 6,000 Megawatts of wind power and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Washington already has 1,000 Megawatts of wind and 41 Megawatts of solar, that's 5,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 183 Megawatts of wind power and 192 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 9.5% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 10% of the pollution.

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

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 30%🔌 Power: 10%🚗 Transport: 49%🏠 Buildings: 11%

    The last 30% of Washington'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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