Drawdown Solutions

Drawdown Solutions seeks to determine whether reaching drawdown is possible, using existing and well-proven climate solutions.

To uncover that answer, we review and evaluate the potential performance of diverse technologies and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase carbon sequestration from the atmosphere. These climate solutions span many sectors; all of them are financially viable and already scaling, at least in some places.

Drawdown Solutions research fellows analyze solutions, drawing upon years of advanced study, experience, and a wide range of backgrounds. For each technology or practice, we review extensive literature and data describing its potential scale, impact, and cost. We then build analytical models to estimate how many gigatons of carbon dioxide (or equivalent amounts of other greenhouse gases) a given solution could avoid and/or remove over time, as well as the cost (or savings) of implementing and operating it. By integrating the models within and across multiple sectors, we can determine if and when we reach drawdown under a given scenario.

To provide the world with a current and robust resource, our research team conducts an ongoing review and analysis of climate solutions. We also collaborate with various research partners, including universities, government labs, and non-profit research institutes around the world, as our research continues to expand in scope and depth. Learn more about Project Drawdown’s research methodology, scenarios, and results in The Drawdown Review.

 

We do not have any research fellowship openings at this time.

Research Collaborators

As a collaborative effort built on the principles of collective impact, Project Drawdown brings together a global research collaborative to assemble, develop, evaluate, and disseminate the work we produce. Project Drawdown acts as the steward of this collective impact by aggregating, incorporating, and making widely available shared research, data, and lessons of what works—and what doesn't—where climate solutions are concerned.

To date, our research collaborators have included Drawdown Georgia, Drawdown Europe Research Association (DERA) and Pennsylvania State University, among numerous others.

Inspired by Project Drawdown, Drawdown Georgia is building a powerful statewide movement to accelerate progress toward net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The organization is focused on scaling the solutions we have today to make bold, acheivable, cost-competive changes by 2030. 

Drawdown Europe Research Association (DERA) is a growing ecosystem of partners, research members and users that are turning research into action: ensuring that it remains living and useful. The Amsterdam-based organization is bringing Drawdown to Europe by translating the global drawdown solution set to the European context.

Project Drawdown also partnered with the National Council for Science and the Environment to host the virtual NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference, Research to Action: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure on January 5 – 9, 2021. Given the staggering pace of change in the world today, NCSE and Project Drawdown joined forces to amplify opportunities for collaboration and progress.