Climate optimism for Earth Day: Solutions for Pennsylvania
The IPCC made it clear: we have to lower emissions by 2030. But in Pennsylvania, we have local solutions available.
The IPCC has stated global temperatures were 1.1°C (2° F) higher in 2011–2020 than 1850–1900.
Despite warming across all 50 states and the race to cut emissions by 2030, there’s a reason to remain optimistic this Earth Day: climate solutions are still possible.
For Pennsylvania, industry is the top-emitting sector, contributing to 31% of emissions, followed by electricity (29%) and transit.
So how can Pennslyvania find solutions for its larger carbon emitter?
One key climate solution for industry in Pennsylvania is the switch to clean fuels. The state can encourage industries to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal energy. These clean fuels are better for the environment and can help companies save money on their energy bills in the long run.
Increasing energy efficiency is another important climate solution for Pennsylvania’s industrial sector. By adopting energy-efficient technologies, such as LED lighting and smart energy management systems, companies can reduce their energy consumption and save money on their energy bills. Incentives for energy-efficient upgrades, such as tax credits and rebates, can encourage more companies to adopt these solutions.
Promoting circular material reuse is also an effective climate solution for industry in Pennsylvania. By reusing materials instead of disposing of them, companies can reduce waste, material and energy demand, and save money on disposal costs. Pennsylvania can support this circular economy by incentivizing companies to adopt circular material reuse practices and investing in developing new recycling and reuse technologies. Organizations like Circular Philadelphia are implementing solutions locally.