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Beyond Carbon: Economy

The changing climate affects not only our natural environment — it exacerbates social inequities, threatens livelihoods and impacts our public health. Drawdown Georgia’s solutions have direct and indirect impact across our state’s diverse populations.

Economy

Innovation is the engine of economic growth and renewal. Drawdown solutions can drive local economic and employment growth, bring high-skill jobs to our state, and drive infrastructure investments that make Georgia an attractive place to work and live.

Most solutions will create local jobs, especially in the solar and energy efficiency fields, however, it’s also possible that some solutions may displace workers, for example, as we shift from coal-powered electricity to renewable forms of energy. Other solutions can increase property values and tax revenues, but on the flip side, result in gentrification. Bringing together communities of leadership will help ensure a net economic benefit and a smooth transition to a thriving green economy.

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Areas to Watch or Address
Limited Impacts or Limited Data
Electricity
Sector Solutions Local
Economy
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Employment
Cost and
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Skilled
Labor
Opportunities
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Property
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Large Scale Solar
Cogeneration
Rooftop Solar
Demand Response
Landfill Methane
Buildings & Materials
Sector Solutions Local
Economy
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Cost and
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Skilled
Labor
Opportunities
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Recycling/Waste Management
Refrigerant
Retrofitting
Food & Agriculture
Sector Solutions Local
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Labor
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Composting
Conservation Agriculture
Plant Rich Diet
Reduced Food Waste
Land Sinks
Sector Solutions Local
Economy
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Cost and
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Skilled
Labor
Opportunities
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Coastal Wetlands Restoration
Afforestation & Silvopasture
Temperate Forest Stewardship
Transportation
Sector Solutions Local
Economy
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Employment
Cost and
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Labor
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Energy Efficient Cars
Energy Efficient Trucks
Mass Transit
Electric Vehicles
Alternative Mobility

Stories & Studies

Questions?

Why the focus on refrigerants?

One of the largest contributors to refrigerant leakage in Georgia are grocery and convenience store refrigeration systems. There are 958 grocery stores and over 6,000 gas, drug, and convenience stores in Georgia, accounting for about 1.9 MtCO2e leaked annually. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a class of chemicals used in refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, and to transfer heat in applications found throughout Georgia’s economy. We can find alternatives and manage existing HFCs better -- because 90 percent of refrigerant emissions happen at end of life, effective disposal of those currently in circulation is essential. After being carefully removed and stored, refrigerants can be purified for reuse or transformed into other less harmful chemicals.

Which industries dominate in Georgia’s building products?

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia is a leader in paper and pulp products, with an economic output of $13.1 billion in 2018, representing almost 20,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in annual wages and salaries.

What is our current recycling rate?

In 2011, Georgia recycled only approximately 0.7 million tons out of 10.6 million tons of MSW, or a recycling rate of about 6.6%. This is significantly below the U.S. average rate of 22.6% reported by the same study (Shin, 2014).

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