Keeling Curve Prize for Excellence 253 views

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The Keeling Curve Prize is inviting individuals or organizations with active or ongoing projects in Energy, to apply for the Keeling Curve Prize 2020, which will award 10 outstanding projects that reduce emissions or promote uptake of greenhouse gases. All categories represent projects with solutions to reduce global greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and in the oceans.

The Keeling Curve Prize for Excellence will be awarded to 2 projects in each of the following 5 categories:

  • Capture & Utilization: Projects that activate and accelerate natural and/or man-made systems for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS). They are advancing technological and nature-based strategies for capturing and/or utilizing heat-trapping gases from the air or oceans.
  • Energy: Projects that decarbonize energy, support zero-carbon energy innovations and are leading the way in the supply, distribution, access, infrastructure, or improvements of low or zero-emissions energy systems worldwide.
  • Finance: Projects that are making the economics and/or financial mechanisms work for heat-trapping gas reduction and/or reversal ventures.
  • Social & Cultural Pathways: Projects that are changing the way people consider, understand, and act on humanity’s impacts affecting the livability of planet Earth. They are trying to answer the question: what does it take, socially and culturally, to develop beyond fossil fuels?
  • Transport & Mobility: Projects that are reimagining and reinventing all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products. These projects will confront the carbon footprint of the vehicles themselves and the routes traveled.


Each winner will receive a cash prize of US$25,000. The prize portion of the KCP is meant to be fun and encouraging to scientists and project leaders. The outreach portion of the KCP is meant to generate global awareness of the necessity of massive climate action on all levels, from individual engagement to institutional action.


Winning projects may include advancing innovation or enhancing nature-based strategies, tools and techniques for improved systems, materials and design, as well as strategies and actions that lead to reversing emissions. These projects may be specialized or simple, high tech or low tech, engineered or adaptive, but ultimately they decarbonize our lives. The project should address an unresolved challenge, exhibit efficacy in decarbonization, provide important scalability and/or is an innovative development.

Entries could come from anywhere in the world, but they must be active projects and not ideas or untested hypotheses. Prizes are awarded for ongoing work only and not as a reward for unimplemented ideas or past work. Applicants may submit for multiple categories but they will only be able to win in 1 category during any given year.

Capture & Utilization projects include land-use practices, agricultural methods, efforts to reduce deforestation, reforestation efforts, technology for GHG capture systems, advances in verification for natural sequestration, markets for captured gases, and verification systems. These may include but are not limited to afforestation, soil enhancement, gas recycling, waste-to-energy, and improved cement products.

Energy projects should be projects that are focused on clean energy for equitable energy access, including innovations in smart utility-scale grids with low end-user costs, and mini-grids and off-grid solutions to reach the ‘last mile’ customers in under-served areas worldwide.

Finance projects would be those that are designed to counterbalance or replace financial strategies that fail to account for longer term planetary viability in respect to global warming.

Social and Cultural Pathways projects would be those influencing consumption, awareness, communication, mobilization, activism, policy, international relations, and cultural norms. They encourage individuals, communities, businesses, and governments to make progress towards emission reductions and carbon drawdown both now and in the future.

Transport and Mobility projects could include innovative manufacturing, the roadways or other systems over which the vehicles operate, waste-reduction in supply chain distribution, improvements in fleet management, mass transit scheduling and efficiency, rural access to zero-emissions transportation, power sources and charging for electric vehicles, and more. In particular, Keeling Curve Prize is looking for projects that accelerate power source and modal shifts, address weak and wasteful transport systems, and challenge the viability of the internal combustion engine.


Applications are to be done online by 10 February 2020.

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