FINDING ANSWERS TOGETHER
The climate crisis is at our doorstep. That is why we believe that the only way forward is to explore and embark on the various pathways for climate action, from soil health, energy efficiency solutions and renewables, to carbon capture, or innovations enabled through policy, data and finance. That’s what Future-minded is about: exploring these new pathways to discover new insights and spark action. Are you ready to join us on this journey?
WHAT TO EXPLORE
The untapped potential of soil to sequester carbon Can we use the millions of hectares of agricultural land as a carbon sink by increasing the organic matter in soils? This is technically possible, although it is costly and not easy to implement everywhere. In July 2021, we published a whitepaper together with Rabobank exploring the possibilities of soil carbon credits to finance this transformation.
Investing in media to accelerate innovation in African agriculture Through FMO’s Ventures Program and corresponding Technical Assistance Facility, we support tech-enabled companies that help improve farmer yields and market access in emerging markets. For example, we support AFN‘s dedicated Africa news channel, AFN Africa, to promote better information sharing and collaboration among Africa’s agrifood actors, and to crowd in more venture capital and private sector investment.
WHAT TO READ
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
How blended finance can close the gap to finance forests and other climate initiatives In this episode of our podcast series, FMO’s Idsert Boersma and CEO of Climate Fund Managers Andrew Johnstone join host Jonathan Groubert to talk about blended finance. Andrew and Idsert argue that blending can be game-changing finance, as it opens up the pathway for ‘big money’ to get to places where it didn’t go before.
Deforestation-free portfolios: roles and opportunities for institutional investors Today, some of the most promising opportunities for growth and returns come from a transition to a more sustainable economic model that both harnesses and preserves nature. This brief provides examples of highly effective intermediaries that are working to attract institutional capital into this new economy.
WHAT TO LEARN
What do we mean by decarbonization? Decarbonization is about reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result from human activity. It is imperative that we work on decarbonization where emissions are high if we want to limit global warming. What is mitigation? Broadly speaking, it is what we want to achieve with decarbonization. Mitigation is about limiting and preventing the emission of greenhouse gases to our atmosphere as well as the removing of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. What is climate adaptation? And how does that differ from climate resilience? With adaptation we mean human-driven adjustments in ecological, social or economic systems or policy processes, in response to actual or expected climate impacts. You make changes to be more adaptable to survival in a new environment. Climate resilience is more about the ability or capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impacts of hazardous weather events or other climate change impacts. Net zero Net zero emissions are achieved when emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere are balanced by their removals over a specified period. Zero emissions When you are not creating any emissions, we call it zero emissions. However, even the greenest technology has embedded emissions stemming from the production of the technology. Carbon negative If you are carbon negative, the amount of greenhouse gases you remove from the atmosphere is larger than the amount that you put into the atmosphere. Low emissions, low carbon growth This means you are emitting less than what might have been expected from your business because you are using the most technically efficient solutions from an emissions perspective. Carbon removals The action of removing GHG emissions from the atmosphere and storing it through various means, such as in soils, trees, underground reservoirs, rocks, the ocean, and even products like concrete and carbon fibre.