Googling “which is better reducing or removing carbon?” brings up several perspectives from experts and concerned citizens world-wide. The team commercializing Nuseed Carinata would simply answer “both”.
Nuseed Carinata, a certifiable non-food cover crop, is grown using sustainable farming practices between main food crop rotations, when soil is often bare and exposed to erosion. It removes carbon from the air and restores it to the soil through its huge above and below ground biomass. It’s harvested and crushed for its non-food oil to be used in low-carbon fuel to replace fossil fuels and reduce emissions.
“An effective net-zero strategy is going to take both reduction in emissions and removal of atmospheric carbon,” explains Nuseed Carinata Global Business Development Leader, Alex Clayton. “The good news is we have literally one of the world’s largest tools to help do both. There is an estimated 170 million hectares that can benefit from cover crops, and by planting just one and a half percent of those hectares to Nuseed Carinata we could grow feedstock and reduce emissions by supplying one billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel annually by 2030.” According to those estimates Nuseed Carinata could also by then remove eight million metric tons of carbon per year.
“Impacting climate change is going to take every good solution, and several of them and for growers, companies, global and local governments to work together and transition now,” says Clayton. “We’re excited to be commercially expanding a sustainable solution that today helps both reduce and remove carbon, plus Nuseed Carinata regenerates soil and provides additional farm income.”