Renewable Roundup: The lowdown on Project Drawdown

  • Published on May 18th, 2020

In April 2017, Project Drawdown released its inaugural body of work on climate solutions with the publication of the best-selling book Drawdown and a suite of open-source resources on

Project Drawdown original solutions

By Mokurai

The idea was to collect and explain the 100 best ideas for Healing the World (what Jews call Tikkun Olam) from Global Warming via a massive drawdown of CO2 and other Greenhouse Gases (GHGs). The World Entire: humans, other animals, plants, the material Earth, our understanding of our place in the Cosmos. Buddhists generally focus on compassion for sentient beings in past, present, and future. Some Christians have a concept of Stewardship of the living and material environment.

There are many other such notions in various religions, and in non-religious thinking as well.

Whatever you call it, we can do with more of it.

I have drawn heavily on the original Drawdown for topics and data since then, but inevitably my dog-eared copy fell out of date. Here, then, is its successor, with vast new Free, Open-Source resources.

I have long been saying that we know the solutions to Anthropogenic Global Warming, but too few of us know that we know, much less that we are doing it. So I cheer such developments lustily.

The Drawdown Review and this website present an overview of climate solutions in hand—now, today—to reach Drawdown and begin to come back into balance with the planet’s living systems. These solutions are tools of possibility in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge. They must not remain the domain of specialists or select groups.

There is obviously too much here to get into in one Diary. Please dive in, and let me know which topics you would like me to take on in future Diaries. If you have more or better links on a topic, feel free to pitch in with them, too.

Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion

Climate solutions are expensive investments in the short run but will yield huge long-term savings, according to new research by Project Drawdown.

Here, for example, is the result of detailed analysis of where carbon comes from and where we can put a teraton of it, enough to start cooling the planet again.

Table of Solutions

* Gigatons CO2 Equivalent Reduced / Sequestered (2020–2050)

             Solution              Sector(s)              Scenario 1 *              Scenario 2 *
Abandoned Farmland Restoration              Land Sinks              12.48              20.32
Alternative Cement              Industry              7.98              16.10
Alternative Refrigerants              Industry / Buildings              43.53              50.53
Bamboo Production              Land Sinks              8.27              21.31
Bicycle Infrastructure              Transportation              2.56              6.65
Biochar Production              Engineered Sinks              2.22              4.39
Biogas for Cooking              Buildings              4.65              9.70
Biomass Power              Electricity              2.52              3.57
Bioplastics              Industry              0.96              3.80
Building Automation Systems              Electricity / Buildings              6.47              10.48
Building Retrofitting              Electricity / Buildings              0.00              0.00
Carpooling              Transportation              7.70              4.17
Coastal Wetland Protection              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Coastal and Ocean Sinks              0.99              1.45
Coastal Wetland Restoration              Coastal and Ocean Sinks              0.77              1.01
Composting              Industry              2.14              3.13
Concentrated Solar Power              Electricity              18.60              23.96
Conservation Agriculture              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              13.40              9.43
Distributed Energy Storage              Electricity              0.00              0.00
Distributed Solar Photovoltaics              Electricity              27.98              68.64
District Heating              Electricity / Buildings              6.28              9.85
Dynamic Glass              Electricity / Buildings              0.29              0.47
Efficient Aviation              Transportation              6.27              9.18
Efficient Ocean Shipping              Transportation              4.40              6.30
Efficient Trucks              Transportation              4.61              9.71
Electric Bicycles              Transportation              1.31              4.07
Electric Cars              Transportation              11.87              15.68
Electric Trains              Transportation              0.10              0.65
Farm Irrigation Efficiency              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use              1.13              2.07
Forest Protection              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              5.52              8.75
Geothermal Power              Electricity              6.19              9.85
Grassland Protection              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              3.35              4.25
Green and Cool Roofs              Electricity / Buildings              0.60              1.10
Grid Flexibility              Electricity              0.00              0.00
Health and Education              Health and Education              85.42              85.42
High-Efficiency Heat Pumps              Electricity / Buildings              4.16              9.29
High-Performance Glass              Electricity / Buildings              10.04              12.63
High-Speed Rail              Transportation              1.30              3.77
Hybrid Cars              Transportation              7.89              4.63
Improved Clean Cookstoves              Buildings              31.34              72.65
Improved Rice Production              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              9.44              13.82
Indigenous Peoples’ Forest Tenure              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              8.69              12.93
Insulation              Electricity / Buildings              16.97              19.01
Landfill Methane Capture              Electricity / Industry              2.18              -1.60
LED Lighting              Electricity              16.07              17.53
Low-Flow Fixtures              Electricity / Buildings              0.91              1.56
Managed Grazing              Land Sinks              16.42              26.01
Methane Digesters              Electricity / Industry              9.83              6.18
Micro Wind Turbines              Electricity              0.09              0.13
Microgrids              Electricity              0.00              0.00
Multistrata Agroforestry              Land Sinks              11.30              20.40
Net-Zero Buildings              Electricity / Buildings              0.00              0.00
Nuclear Power              Electricity              2.65              3.23
Nutrient Management              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use              2.34              12.06
Ocean Power              Electricity              1.38              1.38
Offshore Wind Turbines              Electricity              10.44              11.42
Onshore Wind Turbines              Electricity              47.21              147.72
Peatland Protection and Rewetting              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              26.03              41.93
Perennial Biomass Production              Land Sinks              4.00              7.04
Perennial Staple Crops              Land Sinks              15.45              31.26
Plant-Rich Diets              Food, Agriculture, and

Land Use / Land Sinks

             65.01              91.72
Public Transit              Transportation              7.51              23.36
Recycled Paper              Industry              1.10              1.95
Recycling              Industry              5.50              6.02
Reduced Food Waste              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              87.45              94.56
Refrigerant Management              Industry / Buildings              57.75              57.75
Regenerative Annual Cropping              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              14.52              22.27
Silvopasture              Land Sinks              26.58              42.31
Small Hydropower              Electricity              1.69              3.28
Smart Thermostats              Electricity / Buildings              6.99              7.40
Solar Hot Water              Electricity / Buildings              3.59              14.29
Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              1.36              0.68
System of Rice Intensification              Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks              2.78              4.26
Telepresence              Transportation              1.05              3.80
Temperate Forest Restoration              Land Sinks              19.42              27.85
Tree Intercropping              Land Sinks              15.03              24.40
Tree Plantations (on Degraded Land)              Land Sinks              22.24              35.94
Tropical Forest Restoration              Land Sinks              54.45              85.14
Utility-Scale Energy Storage              Electricity              0.00              0.00
Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics              Electricity              42.32              119.13
Walkable Cities              Transportation              1.44              5.45
Waste-to-Energy              Electricity / Industry              2.04              3.00
Water Distribution Efficiency              Electricity              0.66              0.94

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