All USA USA Territories: American Samoa (USA); Guam (USA); Puerto Rico (USA); Virgin Islands (USA); Northern Mariana Islands (USA); USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA) Marshall Islands (USA) Republic of Palau (USA) International, Israel and Canada.
Competition for USA, Canada, and International organizations, businesses, and individuals for innovative projects to reduce greenhouse gases. Winning submissions will receive a $50,000 prize. Eligible projects either eliminate or reduce emissions or increase the uptake of greenhouse gas emissions in the oceans and the atmosphere. Prizes are awarded for ongoing work only (not as a reward for unimplemented ideas or past work).
Carbon Sinks: Projects in this category activate and accelerate natural and/or man-made (engineered) systems for carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS). They are developing, advancing, and/or implementing technological and nature-based strategies for capturing and/or utilizing heat-trapping gases from the air and/or oceans. Projects that bring these strategies to the forefront of the marketplace, account for long-term sequestration viability, and provide methods for verification will be prioritized.
Energy: Projects in this category 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. Specifically, Keeling is looking for 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 underserved areas worldwide. Approaches could be regional, national, or international, and should consider economic accessibility, efficacy, scalability, and strategic competitiveness with fossil fuels as main goals. Projects that improve energy access for less-developed communities in swift and stable ways (especially those vulnerable to increased coal/fossil fuel use) and can demonstrate scalability, or projects that effectively reduce the emissions of energy systems already in place are especially encouraged to apply.
Finance: Projects that apply in this category are making the economics and/or financial mechanisms work for heat-trapping gas reduction and/or reversal ventures. Tactics could include financing for lower or zero emissions businesses, creating and deploying financial mechanisms that consider ecological and human sustainability, financial empowerment for climate solution programs, divestment and investment strategies, eliminating financial barriers, carbon accounting, and policy — just to name a few. These projects are designed to counterbalance or replace financial strategies that fail to account for longer-term planetary viability in respect to global warming. These include widespread participation by marginalized communities and economic valuation of thriving ecosystems where the positive impact has been independently verified.
Social and Cultural Pathways: Projects in this category 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? As the availability of solutions expands, how are the gaps in human behavior and implementation being closed? These projects are influencing consumption, awareness, communication, mobilization, activism, policy, international relations, and cultural norms. They encourage individuals, communities, businesses, and governments to make progress toward emission reductions and carbon drawdown — both now and in the future. Projects should be able to demonstrate a path to efficacy and scalability.
Transport and Mobility: Projects that apply in this category should be 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. Creative solutions could include travel avoidance, 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. Keeling strongly encourages the application for any project that accelerates power source and modal shifts, addresses weak and wasteful transport systems, and challenges the viability of the internal combustion engine.
Entries for active projects or programs are welcome from anywhere in the world.
KCP accepts applications from a broad range of innovators and climate thinkers, ranging from those elevating tried and true traditional solutions to those pursuing new high-tech frontiers. Whether you are an entrepreneur/startup, a university research group, a non-profit or community leader or an intrapreneur at a large company or organization, KCP wants to hear about the best initiatives to reduce emissions or increase uptake of greenhouse gases.
Applicants that have not received an award are welcome to apply in subsequent years.
Previous prize winners may submit applications for new projects that are different from their previously awarded project and that utilize different methods and approaches to reduce or increase uptake of greenhouse gas emissions.
Applications that are incomplete or that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
Applications centered on past work, unimplemented ideas or untested hypotheses will not be accepted.
Applications that do not attempt to quantify their emissions reductions or address the project’s functional and financial scalability (Questions #8 through #10) will not be considered.
All 2024 applications must be submitted through this online portal by Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM IDLW (UTC−12:00).
The application form requires that you designate a primary category for your application, but also allows you to list secondary categories for consideration. However, applicants are only eligible to win in one category in any given year.
Applications for the Keeling Curve Prize must be submitted in English.