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BioMar commits ocean-based climate action for aquaculture

Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy launched their latest report showing that ocean-based climate action can deliver a fifth of the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required by 2050 to prevent climate change through the 1.5ºC global temperature rise.

The report called The Ocean as a Solution for Climate Change: 5 Opportunities of Action, was released at the Climate Action Summit in New York and pinpoints several action areas for aquaculture. These actions include the sourcing of alternative and untraditional nutrients for aquaculture feed and promoting seafood to shift diets to lower carbon protein sources.

BioMar joined the Advisory Network of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy due to the important role that aquafeed and seafood products play in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet by 2050. “BioMar are sole producers of aquaculture feed and we deeply understand that our feed can be responsible for up to 80% of the environmental impact of aquaculture farming. The onus is on us to find alternative ways of making feed to reduce the environmental footprint so that our customers can answer the call to double aquaculture production by 2050,” said Carlos Diaz, CEO in BioMar Group.

The company wants to support customers who wish to join the ocean-based climate action by lowering their carbon footprint. One example of the company’s support is the recent announcement of Salmon Group's, a cooperation of 44 Norwegian salmon farmers, on the 50 percent reduction of their carbon footprint by using a customized BioMar recipe.

More stakeholders joined the desire to drive ocean-based climate action. Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, co-chair of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean economy stated that “this report signals an exciting new pathway to a low-carbon climate-resilient future.” The Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera also commented that “addressing climate change is crucial for our ocean economy and for future generations, and the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy’s Call to Ocean-Climate Action will help us do so.” This comes on the back of SalmonChile's announcement of their members reaching 50 percent carbon neutrality by 2020 and 100 percent by 2025.

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