ONC supports and actively campaigns on issues of environmental sustainability. Central to achieving this is the need to reduce man’s ecological footprint on the planet. This means radically reducing our carbon emissions, eliminating waste from homes and businesses and changing the way we go about our lives to tread more lightly on our planet. Our focus on environmental sustainability is two fold, consistent with the expertise in our team:
Biological Carbon Capture and Storage BIOCCS
Each year, by natural processes, roughly a quarter of anthropogenic emissions are taken up by the ocean and roughly a further quarter by the land. Changes in these proportions, going into the future, will be of crucial importance to the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. There will be natural changes in these proportions, but the opportunity exists to adjust these numbers somewhat by improved management of these ecological resources (trees and forests, soils, coastal ecosystems and the deep ocean) with multiple benefits such as enhanced biodiversity, food production and water management.
Sustainable Food Systems
The way we farm, transport, and consume food is central to a sustainable future.
The challenge of providing sustainable food of a high nutritional quality to an increasing global population cannot be over stated. On land the sustainable intensification of food systems is required with little if any new agricultural land coming into production. In our oceans global fisheries are in decline and a significant underperforming asset. This shortfall in marine protein is currently made up by aquaculture, however, these are typically intensive systems facing significant challenges in terms of sustainability and resilience to a changing climate.