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Onshore carbon accounting schemes have been effective at encouraging different industries worldwide to use carbon reduction techniques. However, there is currently no marine carbon credit system in place. A special 'deep dive' session of the 2023 G-STIC conference will be dedicated to the subject.
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The blue bioeconomy is gaining importance; the world’s oceans have the potential to be huge and promising sources of biomass. To encourage the sustainable use of these resources, there is a growing need for a reliable carbon credit system.

A blue carbon credit system will have to be based on a solid carbon accounting model but the reality is that there are still significant knowledge gaps in marine carbon accounting. This is related to the controversial character of developing ocean negative emissions technologies (NETs). As a consequence, CO2 reduction is not yet a major driver for the development of a sustainable blue economy. Applying the onshore GHG protocol for ‘anthropogenic’ carbon accounting in a marine context, and taking into account the best available knowledge on marine carbon accounting, may be the way forward. This deep dive explores the need to develop such a carbon accounting system and what it could look like.
G-STIC can be attended online free of charge. Check the calendar for more information and registration.

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