Heat pumps have been having a “moment” lately—and rightfully so. Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change means transitioning our entire economy, starting here in Minnesota, to be carbon-neutral by 2050. That requires a dramatic change in the energy that powers our homes, businesses, and workplaces, shifting away from burning fossil fuels towards using zero- and low-carbon alternatives. Heat pumps can help us make that transition.
Every day, Minnesotans drive more than 123 million miles—the distance from Earth to the sun, and halfway back again. These miles add up to a massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions, making cars and trucks the number one source of climate pollution for the transportation sector in our state. While Minnesota is working to curb the number of vehicle miles traveled by increasing investments in electrification and in public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, more must be done to reduce the emissions from vehicles on the road. That’s where clean car standards come into play.
For nearly two years, a broad mix of stakeholders—from natural gas and electric utilities to natural gas consumers to workforce advocates to clean energy advocates and implementers—has been convening to discuss methods for decarbonizing Minnesota’s natural gas end uses, with final recommendations published in the report “Decarbonizing Minnesota’s Natural Gas End Uses.”
Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is moving to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons.
Ambitious city-driven climate actions taking place right here in Minnesota. Learn what the cities of Red Wing, Morris, and Duluth are doing to act on climate change.
Have you ever wondered how much electricity is generated from natural gas vs. renewables? Or which sectors have the highest greenhouse gas emissions? Learn that and more with our handy infographic!