14 Apr 2023
Four Incredible Benefits Of Enhanced Rock Weathering
Climate change impacts every natural system on Earth, whether it’s the health of our oceans, the resilience of crops, global food security or air quality. The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) says we need to remove 10 billion tonnes of CO₂ every year by 2050 to keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C and start reversing the environmental damage that’s exacerbating these issues. It’s a daunting figure. The good news? We already have what we need to remove huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, quickly and at scale, with enhanced rock weathering technology. Enhanced rock weathering mimics a natural geological process, only at a speed that cuts the timeframe from millions of years to just decades. At UNDO, we work with existing by-products and machinery, meaning our operations are already quickly scaling up to make carbon removal accessible to all. Enhanced rock weathering also offers much more permanence than other methods of carbon removal, meaning we can all rest assured that the carbon we capture and store in the ground will stay there forever. Another crucial factor that sets enhanced weathering apart? Its holistic approach delivers a host of environmental advantages, meaning the devastating impacts of climate change can all be improved as part of our mission. These advantages, commonly referred to as ‘co-benefits’, aren’t just happy side-effects; they’re also officially recognised in the Paris Agreement as an important aspect of climate change mitigation plans. Here’s a breakdown of four co-benefits of enhanced rock weathering that combine to keep our planet fit for future generations.
- It boosts soil health
- It deacidifies our oceans
- It supports greener communities
- It reduces costs for farmers
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