The ‘Standard’ Plan
Most companies and countries are setting out their goals to reduce their yearly carbon footprints to align with targets to stop the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius, with their target date in the distant 2050. Our planet will continue to struggle if it focuses only on reducing it for the future. Activation plans are needed to calculate and offset past and all current emissions of countries and businesses. A combination of these plans will aid towards a sustained life on Earth.
Our 10X Climate Positive Plan
Starboard and SOMWR are connected to many collaboration and event partners. Importantly, events and travel emit huge amounts of CO2 within a small time frame. To reduce the impact created during these events, our Environmental team calculates the CO2 emissions for partnered events. Including, all travel by athletes, staff and volunteers. With further calculations on energy consumption and fuel from boat usage. Our offsetting technique uses natural climate solutions – mangroves. In the 10X movement, we plant to absorb 10 times the emitted amount. In 2022, this is 40 mangroves per every 1 tonne identified. This method results in 10 tonnes being absorbed for every 1 tonne emitted (Link to Offsetting with mangroves page), across 20 years.
We Collaborate, We Grow
For our mangrove planting, we collaborate with Worldview International Foundation, Myanmar. Here, the specialised team plant the mangroves and secures the highest possible survival rate for the trees. The mangroves and their surrounding soil trap CO2 and store it in carbon pools below the ground. Mangroves are also known as Blue Carbon storers. Blue carbon harnesses the name due to its location within the coastal and marine ecosystem.
Moving Forwards With Science
Many scientists identify Blue Carbon as the most effective carbon dioxide storage sink. Mangrove forests are very productive at storing CO2. With their dense population, they are also great at trapping sediment, meaning the storage of CO2 is secure. The muddy, oxygen-poor soil traps carbon dioxides. In these soils, carbon cannot oxidise unlike in terrestrial forests.
To keep the data valid, scientists test the carbon level in the soils in the climate park each year. Verifying the increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in the soil matter.
Added Mangrove Magic
Mangroves could store as much as 20 gigatonnes of CO2, the equivalent of 2 years of global emissions! PNAS.
Mangroves spread further benefits to much of the ecosystem and humans(Link to threats and benefits page).
Fun Fact: Photosynthesis has helped planet Earth since over 2.5 billion years ago. Where photosynthesis helped create a liveable climate, BBC News… No wonder we want to go 10x carbon positive.
The carbohydrates are used by the plant as food, helping it to grow!
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Carbon Net Positive
Annually, our team calculates the total combined emissions of both our Starboard & SOMWR brands. All emissions are then made 10X carbon positive.
Our SOMWR products plant 10 mangroves for every ‘Climate Hero’ product, and 1 mangrove for every ‘Ocean Hero’ product.
When we zoom into our boards, a mangrove is planted for each board we produce. To make these 10X carbon positive we use the following calculation: A board emits approximately 100 kg of CO2 and we plant to sequester over 1000 KG across 20 years, ten times the amount released during board production.