If you’re like us, you might be surprised to learn that buildings are the third-largest source of carbon emissions in Colorado.
That’s right, our homes and businesses emit more carbon than industry activities like oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and manufacturing. In fact, buildings contribute more climate pollution than oil and gas operations and agriculture combined. Really?! Yes, really.
Thankfully, electric alternatives exist for all of these items. Heat pumps can replace boilers, furnaces, and conventional water heaters while wind and solar systems are viable options for clean electricity generation.
Commercial and residential buildings account for more than 43% of all energy used in Colorado. So in a state where less than half of our electricity comes from renewable sources, buildings are a significant source of indirect emissions.
That’s why tackling all carbonemissions — both direct and indirect — from the built environment is essential for climate action.
So how are we going to do it?
That’s where you come in.
Colorado’s Zero-Carbon Opportunity
With your help, Colorado can continue to lead the nation in achieving a clean energy future.
Last legislative session, your activation and advocacy set Colorado on a path of climate action with the passage of more than a dozen bills to reduce carbon pollution and drive clean energy deployment.
Now it’s up to us to ensure that our state decision makers and air quality regulators craft the necessary policies to make a zero-carbon Colorado reality.
With a statute in place that sets carbon reduction targets of at least 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, Colorado has the framework in place.
The next step is to seize the crucial window of opportunity we have to decarbonize the built environment and our broader economy through a catchall approach, reducing emissions sector by sector and economy-wide.
In doing so, we can address the climate crisis and be a model of success.