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.
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- Trends and practical research in marine and aquatic biomass (article, Agro&Chemistry, 31 May 2022)
- “The most sustainable biomass comes from the sea” (article, Agro&Chemistry, 31 March 2022)
- The undiscovered potential of the ocean (article, Agro&Chemistry, 1 May 2021)
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