Renewable Roundup: The lowdown on Project Drawdown
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 Drawdown.org.
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I have drawn heavily on the original Drawdown for topics and data since then, but inevitably my dog-eared copy fell out of date.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.
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.
* Gigatons CO2 Equivalent Reduced / Sequestered (2020–2050)
|Solution||Sector(s)||Scenario 1 *||Scenario 2 *|
|Abandoned Farmland Restoration||Land Sinks||12.48||20.32|
|Alternative Refrigerants||Industry / Buildings||43.53||50.53|
|Bamboo Production||Land Sinks||8.27||21.31|
|Biochar Production||Engineered Sinks||2.22||4.39|
|Biogas for Cooking||Buildings||4.65||9.70|
|Building Automation Systems||Electricity / Buildings||6.47||10.48|
|Building Retrofitting||Electricity / Buildings||0.00||0.00|
|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|
|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 Ocean Shipping||Transportation||4.40||6.30|
|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|
|Grassland Protection||Food, Agriculture, and Land Use / Land Sinks||3.35||4.25|
|Green and Cool Roofs||Electricity / Buildings||0.60||1.10|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Multistrata Agroforestry||Land Sinks||11.30||20.40|
|Net-Zero Buildings||Electricity / Buildings||0.00||0.00|
|Nutrient Management||Food, Agriculture, and Land Use||2.34||12.06|
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Waste-to-Energy||Electricity / Industry||2.04||3.00|
|Water Distribution Efficiency||Electricity||0.66||0.94|
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