Carbon Mitigation, Sequestration, and Avoidance: Accelerating Impact in Agrifood Supply Chains
Urgency in Climate Action
The agrifood industry is at a pivotal point where accelerating impact is crucial to meet both short- and long-term climate goals. This acceleration means increasing the pace of change and enhancing the outcomes of our efforts.
Opportunities in Carbon Emissions
There are significant opportunities for climate action within carbon emissions. This includes mitigating emissions through sequestration, purchasing offsets, and working towards avoiding emissions altogether. To maximize our impact in climate action, we need to progress in both mitigation and avoidance.
Balancing Immediate Action with Future Strategies
The key is to invest in current strategies while also preparing for future advancements. This includes embracing technologies for accounting avoided emissions, quantifying carbon removals, and navigating the carbon marketplace. Immediate action, coupled with a vision for future growth, is essential.
The Carbon Marketplace: A Case Study
The carbon marketplace exemplifies the need for immediate action amidst future uncertainties. The majority of offsets traded are derived from avoided emissions, and the true climate impacts of these offsets can be challenging to gauge. Early participation in this market can contribute to a more stable structure for future carbon markets.
Regenerative Agriculture: A Comprehensive Approach
Regenerative agriculture presents a scalable, global solution for avoiding, reducing, and removing emissions. This approach is particularly relevant for food companies with significant emissions from agricultural production. It offers a way to make an immediate impact while building a stronger system for the future.
Amini's Role in Accelerating Impact
Amini collaborates with various partners to implement and monitor programs that help avoid, reduce, and remove emissions. This includes:
- Encouraging growers to adopt less carbon-intensive practices, like reduced tillage or precise fertilizer application.
- Implementing reduction projects, such as strategic irrigation management in rice paddies to reduce methane emissions or effective manure management to reduce nitrous oxide volatilization.
- Supporting carbon removal through agronomic practices that enhance soil carbon sequestration, like crop rotations, cover crops, and regenerative grazing systems.
The Power of Collective Action
Amini recognizes the importance of collective action in climate-smart agriculture initiatives. While challenges remain, this collaborative approach is crucial for making immediate changes and preparing the industry for a more sustainable future.