Laying the Groundwork for 'Getting to Neutral' in the State of Florida


Florida Climate Institute’s Laying the Groundwork for ‘Getting to Neutral’ in the State of Florida report is the product of multiple research-driven collaborative processes compiled together with the purpose of setting a foundation for a net-zero action planning effort in Florida. The first key aspect of the project included performing a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory of emissions and removals from the years 1990 to 2018, which was accomplished through the resources from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Using the information gathered from the inventory, GHG emissions projections were made under three future scenarios: 1. Business-As-Usual, 2. 100% clean electricity by 2035, and 3. Net-zero emissions by 2050.

This project was developed by a group of university-student interns, faculty members from four Florida universities, researchers, and a private consultant, as well as through the support provided by several federal agencies, departments, and groups such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The report includes an executive summary establishing background information for the paper, a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the state of Florida from the years 1990 to 2018, greenhouse gas emissions projections for the state of Florida from 2019 to 2050, net-zero action planning efforts for potential emission reductions in the future, and appendices for the inventory and projections.

This project was made possible with generous support provided by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the VoLo Foundation.

Suggested Citation: Ghebremichael, K., T. Troxler, A. Hernandez, R. Fourqurean, L. Jerome, K. Carroll, D. Moanga, H. Lazzaroni, S. Roy, J. Jenkins, J. McFarlane-Weinstein, A. Kaur, H. Knowles, S. Alvarez, M. Sukop, and J. Obeysekera, (2022). Laying the Groundwork for 'Getting to Neutral' in the State of Florida. Florida Climate Institute.

KebreAb Ghebremichael, USF Faculty

 Tiffany Troxler, FIU Faculty


Alyssa Hernandez, FIU Staff/


Robert Fourqurean, FSU Student

Lesly Jerome, UF Student Intern

Kaitlyn Carroll, UGA Student Intern

Diana Moanga, FIU Staff


Hailey Lazzaroni, FIU Staff


Sukanta Roy, FIU Student Intern


Jazmyn Jenkins, USF Student Intern


Jonathan McFarlane-Weinstein,
UCF Student Intern


Ashpreet Kaur, UF Staff


Hal Knowles, UF Faculty


Sergio Alverez, UCF Faculty


Michael Sukop, FIU Faculty


Jayantha Obeysekera, FIU Faculty



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Executive Summary (pg. 6)

1. Summary of Findings
2. Emission Projections (2019-2050)
3. Key Recommendations for Net-Zero Action Planning

(pg. 17)

Acronyms & Key Terms (pg. 18)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (pg. 21)

1. Introduction
2. Overview of Approach and Methodology
3. Summary of Findings
4. Total and Net Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections (pg. 46)

5. Introduction
6. Trends in GHG Emissions Under Different Scenarios  

Net-Zero Action Planning (pg. 55)

7. Emission Reduction Potential of Specific Actions to Achieve Net-Zero by 2050
8. GHG Removals & Storage
9. Financial Mechanisms for Reductions, Removals, & Storage of GHGs
10. Potential State Policy Actions for Net-Zero Objectives  

Appendices (pg. 100)