Partnerships for the Goals

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Drawdown’s “System of Solutions” Helps to Achieve the SDGs

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This entry describes the linkages between “Drawdown solutions” and the targets and goals set out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is proposed that the implementation of these solutions can substantially help to achieve the SDGs by 2030, with even greater gains when implementing actions in parallel as a “system of solutions” enabled by broad-based, effective partnerships at local, regional, and international scales.

“Drawdown” is the point in time when concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis.

GHGs include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and fluorinated gases – specifically chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

“Drawdown solutions” are defined as any technology or practice that directly affects the concentrations of GHGs in the atmosphere by (a) reducing GHG emissions through lowering demand, (b) avoiding...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Project DrawdownBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Project DrawdownBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Project DrawdownTobagoTrinidad and Tobago
  4. 4.Project DrawdownSan FranciscoUSA
  5. 5.Project Drawdown and CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, NOVA School of Science and TechnologyNOVA UniversityLisbonPortugal
  6. 6.Project DrawdownSan JoseUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sonja Rewhorn
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences and Global Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK