Welcome to Research on Georgia Climate Solutions

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Georgia Climate Solutions

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Drawdown Georgia Research Portal

Drawdown Georgia Research was initiated in 2019 with funding from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation (see the  Foundation's Drawdown Georgia website here). Drawdown Georgia Research aims to accelerate progress toward net zero greenhouse gas emissions in Georgia. Our team of university researchers and community partners (Southface Institute, Greenlink Analytics, Partnership for Southern Equity, and others) is providing a science-based approach to achieving Drawdown Georgia's goals.

Georgia Tech hosts a Drawdown Georgia Research Portal to share our findings and facilitate collaboration and interaction with stakeholders.

Drawdown Georgia Emissions Tracker

The Drawdown Georgia Emissions Tracker is the first of its kind developed to provide monthly county-level GHG emissions and sinks in a single U.S. state – Georgia. Knowing where and how emissions are occurring is useful to characterizing how and where Drawdown Georgia solutions can be activated. The Tracker currently does not cover all sources of GHG emissions. Future revisions of the Tracker will fill some of these gaps. Future editions of the Tracker will also add information about the emissions of selected Georgia cities as well as counties.

By bringing this information "home" to stakeholders and citizens, we hope to stimulate individual and collective climate action across Georgia. 

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Drawdown Georgia Business Compact

Facilitated by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact is a business collaboration focused on advancing solutions and achieving net zero emissions through a just transition in Georgia. The Compact builds on comprehensive solution research and ensures diverse participation across Georgia’s economy. Learn more about these corporate leaders and their collective impact work here:

Drawdown Georgia Solutions Tracker

The current work of Drawdown Georgia reflects an altered theory of change. Climate scientists’ predictions are occurring sooner than expected, with more frequent and more damaging climate disruption. We recognize now that there is less time to implement solutions and to adapt to climate threats than previously thought. As a result, we are now focusing on the development of a Solutions tracker to activate solutions and by promoting “peer” suasion.

Georgia's Land Sinks Relative to Tracked GHG EmisssionsGeorgia's Shrinking GHG emissions 

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Georgia have declined and shifted over the past five years. More than 80% of these emissions and carbon sinks are being tracked by Drawdown Georgia's Emissions Dashboard, which enables Georgia Tech and others to examine this transition. The bottom line is as follows.

Altogether, Georgia's net emissions declined by 5% from 2017 (before Covid) to 2021 (a year of Covid recovery). The average carbon footprint per capita was 22,092 pounds in 2017. In 2021, the average was down to 20,253 pounds per person. An 8% per capita reduction in emissions, while simultaneously seeing a 10% increase in the state's GDP! Georgia's land sinks have served as a "steady state" contributor in helping to keep the states carbon footprint in check. 

Most of the GHG reductions have been from the use of cleaner fuels to generate electricity. In fact, the carbon footprint of Georgia's electricity sector decreased by 15% from 2017 - 2021! The primary driver in reductions can be most closely associated with the retirement of old coal plants, increased utility-scale solar, and energy efficiency improvements. However, Georgia is consuming more natural gas and diesel fuel today than in 2017. Were it not for the increase in emissions from these fossil fuels, Georgia's net carbon footprint in 2021 would be 9% lower than in 2017. Across these five years, Georgia's forests, soil, and wood products have provided a steady and significant offset to the state’s carbon emissions.

These emissions are documented in the Drawdown Georgia GHG Emissions Tracker so that we are able to watch how emissions are trending and focus our attention on the sectors where solutions are most needed.

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Seminar Series: Tracking Climate Solutions

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Here are Links to the PPTs and Videos for the Fall 2022 Seminar Series

Sept 15 - Composting & Afforestation (Drs. Jeff Mullen & Jackie Mohan) PPT here

Oct 6 - Electric Vehicles (Dr. Rich Simmons and Anne Blair) PPT here; video here

Oct 14 - Rooftop Solar (Jeff Pratt and Bryan Jacob) PPT here; video here

Nov 3 - Recycling & Circular Economy (Dr. Beril Toktay and Emma Brodzik) PPT here; video here

Nov 17 - Heat Pumps and Retrofitting (Garry Harris and Jeff Smith) PPT here; video here