Carbon-Negative Practices Could Tackle Past GHG Emissions
Restorative farming practices and emerging products built from carbon-negative plastics could create opportunities for major carbon pollution producers to take responsibility for their historical emissions, even as they work to reduce their future greenhouse gas production.
“While eliminating future emissions is an important first step on the pathway to stabilizing our climate, few companies are talking about how they can deal with the fact that a significant percentage of their emissions from previous decades of doing business still remain in the atmosphere, contribute to climate change, and affect the [future] sustainability of their operations,” writes Noah Deich on The Energy Collective. But “corporations that strive for such targets stand to seize valuable business opportunities—even in the short-term.”
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Deich cites “carbon-removing products” as “a great way for companies in commoditized industries to differentiate their offerings.” Meanwhile, “agricultural carbon removal solutions such as restorative farming approaches hold the potential for increasing crop resilience, reducing water and fertilizer needs, and even enhancing yields.”
Along the way, “corporations that move early to set net-negative emission reduction goals stand to generate large brand leadership benefits,” he writes. “Consumers are hungry for innovative climate solutions, and are likely to reward corporations for their leadership in enabling consumers to vote with their wallets for carbon-removing products and services.”