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Natural carbon sinks

This focus area centers on bridging the knowledge and technological gap related to scaling nature-based methods of sequestering carbon. Nature-based solutions offer a great opportunity to sequester carbon because of their scale and low cost. Enhancement of natural sinks for carbon takes a variety of forms and implicates an even more diverse set of community and ecological co-benefits, including protecting water resources, soil resilience, biodiversity, and farmer livelihoods. Nature-based solutions can involve different strategic pathways, like afforestation and regenerative agriculture.

Opportunities for collaborative action may emerge in quantifying soil organic carbon, biomass carbon such as marsh land organic and inorganic carbon which all play an important role in our ecosystem. Member companies have expressed interest in the quantification of carbon in nature as well as in techniques on how to deal with carbon permanence challenges.

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All of our areas of interest have links to the MCSC Seed Awards projects.

MIT faculty members, researchers, and students interested in this impact area: we’ve got all kinds of ways for you to work with us and our member companies.

Who’s studying this

Member companies participating

Apple
Accenture
BBVA
Cargill
Dow
Holcim
Inditex
Rand-Whitney Containerboard (RWCB), a Kraft Group company
MathWorks
Nexplore – Hochtief
PepsiCo
Verizon
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