NGC Investigates Below-Ground Carbon Sequestration
Published in ‘The Corporate Sustainability Review 2021’.
Trees are widely recognised as important carbon sinks, with an important role to play in the carbon mitigation strategies of the future. However, the climate fight is in many ways a numbers game – balancing carbon outputs and offsets to slow the net rise in greenhouse gas (GHG) levels and the pace of global warming. This means that we need accurate assessments of both our emissions and the volumes of carbon we subtract through capture and sequestration.
We know that trees store carbon, and we have good estimates of how much they sequester; but those figures can vary according to species, age, climate, soil and geography. In light of this, there is merit in conducting region-specific studies to determine how much carbon is sequestered by trees in a particular area. Since 2018, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) has been partnering with The University of the West Indies (UWI) on a pioneering carbon sequestration study with that goal in mind.