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What is Blue Carbon what is its climate potential?

Blue Carbon describes the organic carbon that is sequestered and stored by coastal and marine ecosystems such as seagrass meadows, tidal marshes, and mangroves forests. These ecosystems sequester and store more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests. When these systems are damaged, an enormous amount of carbon is emitted back into the atmosphere. Thus, protecting and restoring coastal habitats is a pressing matter and an important step to take towards climate protection. By protecting these systems, we not only ensure that they keep being long-term carbon sinks, we also enable healthy coastal environments that provide various benefits, such as: 

How does the process of setting SBTs works? 

  • recreational opportunities 
  • storm protection 
  • nursery habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries 

When setting a SBT, it is important that the above mentioned requirements are fulfilled and the target is consistent with the goals signed in the Paris Agreement. Four steps must be completed until a SBT is finally set: 

  1. Commitment letter 

A commitment letter must be written and submitted. With this letter the company states that its emission reduction targets are aligned with the 1.5°C goal. When received, the company is added to the SBT website, partner CDP and We Mean Business sites and has 24 months to complete the remaining steps.  

  1. Developing and validating of targets 

The targets developed are required to be consistent with the SBT criteria and are reviewed and validated against them after submission. 

  1. Announcement of the targets  

Once approved, the company is in the need to announce and inform stakeholders about its commitment to the SBTs within six months’ time. 

  1.  Target updating  

How does the process of setting SBTs works? 

Updating of targets is the last step when setting SBTs targets. It involves a steady tracking and reporting, including disclosures through CDP, annual reports, sustainability reports and the company website.  

Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. On the basis of your individual carbon footprint, we identify reduction potentials, design different emission scenarios, and develop a roadmap for reduction measures. All in line with established science-based targets, given such targets are defined for your company. 

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