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5 Innovations in Carbon Offsetting Changing the World

Humans today are no strangers to advancements in technology. It seems like every day there is a new iPhone, electric car, or smart device companies are pushing with the promise of changing our lives. The reality is the tech that gets the most hype often doesn’t live up to it. It’s the technology we don’t talk about that is actually changing our lives, and nowhere is this more true than with innovations in carbon offsetting.

With the health of our planet on the line, some of the world’s brightest minds have come together to solve the existential threats caused by climate change. The progress they are making underscores the possibility for positive change and inspires confidence in the potential to balance human progress and environmental stewardship.

What is carbon offsetting?

A carbon offset is a way to remove carbon emissions by channeling money from businesses or individuals into projects dedicated to mitigating or eliminating greenhouse gasses. Picture it as a way to balance the scales of carbon emissions — when an individual or a company purchases a carbon offset, they are paying to remove a set amount of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Carbon offset projects operate in one of two ways: they either remove CO2 from the atmosphere or they stop greenhouse gasses from being emitted. But how projects do this are quite different — they could plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide, capture renewable energy from the sun and wind, or suck carbon out of the atmosphere and store it back in the ground. These are some of the most popular forms of projects today, but the methods projects are using are evolving every day.

Why does carbon offsetting matter?

While renewable energy is our planet’s best bet for the future, the reality is we have a long way to go before relying completely on them is possible. Most major manufacturing, transportation, and industrial systems still rely on fossil fuels. To create the infrastructure needed to run on alternative energy, we have to build using what we have today, and that means emitting more greenhouse gasses.

Despite much of the world’s efforts to make renewable energy sources power the planet, the voluntary carbon market offers a means to offset the negative effects on the environment required to make that shift.

Top 5 innovations in carbon offsetting

With something as important as our planet’s future at stake, it doesn’t come as a surprise that some of the world’s best and brightest minds are working on new solutions for the climate crisis. While solar farms and planting trees are usually what come to mind when folks think of creating a positive environmental impact, they are just the tip of the iceberg.

The reality is that science, engineering, and creativity are merging here to come up with wildly smart answers to the complex problems we are all facing.

Direct Air Capture

Direct air capture (DAC) is one of the most effective new solutions for reducing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. It takes a very active approach to the problem by literally removing carbon straight from the air.

These machines can suck in polluted air and remove the CO2 molecules directly from it like a planetary air purifier. What’s great about this approach is that like we talked about earlier, carbon emissions will be around for the foreseeable future. This can help reverse the inevitable damage we will continue to do while working on new solutions.

Ocean De-acidification

Our oceans were one of the first ecosystems to feel the effects of climate change. What a lot of people don’t realize is that organisms in the ocean like phytoplankton do a lot to absorb excess carbon from that atmosphere. Unfortunately, oceans are caught in a vicious cycle — the more polluted and warmer they get from the climate, the more these organisms die off and stop absorbing carbon in turn making the planet warmer and so on.

The good news is one of our partners at Karbon-X Heimdal is working on a solution. Similar to DAC, their technology uses reverse osmosis and electrolysis to extract acids from ocean water and put it back into the sea. The system fits into shipping containers, making it easy to transport and suitable for oceanfront installations. One 40-foot shipping container can pull out 1,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, and they all run on renewable energy or excessive power from existing plants.

AI-Powered Advancements

AI is everywhere these days, so why not in carbon offset technology? Using AI models, organizations can better track their energy usage and automatically implement suggestions for how they can use less.

A great example is Quilt, a startup creating a more eco-friendly way to heat and cool our homes. The systems they use operate on clean energy and are built with efficiencies that older HVAC systems lack. But what really makes them stand out is their AI tech that knows when to shut down and turn on based on your habits. This leads to less usage, less energy, and a better situation for the environment.

Flaring

In the oil and gas sector, the practice of flaring is a common way to dispose of waste gas generated during operational processes. You’ve probably seen photos of the massive torches of fire shooting up in the sky — these flames account for 2% of global emissions, with a staggering 145 billion cubic meters of gas flared annually worldwide.

Another partner of Karbon-X Plexus has thought of a better way to deal with this problem. Their process redirects natural gas that would typically be flared during conventional oil and gas operations and repurposes it to generate electricity. While this project doesn’t eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere entirely, it significantly curtails the volume being emitted and makes a meaningful contribution to lowering all emissions.

Carbon Farming

Carbon farming involves using eco-friendly agricultural techniques aimed at extracting carbon from the atmosphere and storing it within soils and plant materials. This happens in many different ways such as using soil amendments like compost or biochar, adopting conservation tillage, integrating agroforestry, utilizing whole orchard recycling, and cultivating cover crops that optimize the presence of living roots, among others.

The process of bolstering soil organic matter in both croplands and rangelands serves as a means to sequester carbon within the soil, alleviating some of the effects of climate change while also making for healthier soil.

Wrap-up: The importance of innovating carbon offset technology

Carbon offsetting is a vibrant area where innovation, science, and technology converge to offer hope for a sustainable future. These advancements not only address current environmental challenges but also pave the way for a future where sustainable practices are integrated into our daily lives.

As we witness the evolution of science and technology in carbon offsetting, there is a tangible sense of hope — a belief that with continued ingenuity and commitment, we can navigate the complexities of climate change and forge a path toward a greener, more sustainable world.

About Karbon-X Corp.

Karbon-X is a leading environmental company that empowers individuals to offset their carbon footprints and drive positive change for the planet. Through its user-friendly mobile app, Karbon-X allows users to contribute to impactful projects and make a real difference in the fight against climate change. The organization is committed to transparency, convenience, and supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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