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June 13th, 2024 | 06:45 CEST

Carbon Done Right, Amazon, BASF after the EU elections - Which Green Economy Deals are really worthwhile?

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The European Green Deal is a comprehensive initiative of the European Union to tackle the challenges of climate change and promote a sustainable economy. The key elements include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, promoting clean mobility and the circular economy, and preserving biodiversity. The green parties have lost around 20 seats in the European Parliament. What is the general situation regarding sustainability efforts to reduce CO₂ emissions? Carbon Done Right is a Canadian company that trades its own CO₂ emission certificates through reforestation and afforestation to facilitate barter deals with major players like Microsoft and Tesla. They offer satellite monitoring of tradeable areas via a dashboard for all participants. Amazon is also entering the agricultural market. In Southeast Asia, the IT company Axons uses AWS technology to improve local food cultivation. BASF, a well-known conglomerate and chemical giant, is now researching an active ingredient obtained from natural mammalian bacteria capable of producing low-CO₂ substances for the chemical industry. Where is an investment worthwhile?

time to read: 7 minutes | Author: Juliane Zielonka

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    Transparency in global CO₂ emissions trading: Carbon Done Right supports trading partners with satellite technology and blockchain

    International carbon markets play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The number of emissions trading systems created for this purpose is increasing worldwide. The value of the global carbon market reached a record high of EUR 881 billion in 2023. In addition to the EU emissions trading system, national or sub-national systems are already in operation or under development in Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, and the USA.

    Smallholders in developing countries do not yet participate in trading on the CO₂ certificate markets, even though their countries have numerous forest stands. A lack of representation of interests and participation in decision-making processes means that smallholders are currently not involved, and their needs are also being ignored. However, reforestation and the preservation of tropical vegetation can reduce the rampant poverty there if revenues are shared fairly. The Company Carbon Done Right is pursuing precisely this mission.

    According to BloombergNEF Research, the carbon credit trading market has enormous growth potential. If a robust, universal definition of 'high quality' is established, BloombergNEF researchers forecast prices of USD 20/t by the end of the decade, with demand potentially rising to USD 30 billion per year. Rapidly increasing digitization and the ever-growing need for CO₂-reducing measures by global players are driving demand. With its innovative technology, Carbon Done Right can tap 65-85% of the potential certificates that can be produced on the supply side.

    Carbon Done Right stands for seamless tracking using satellite technology and aims to allow rainforests to grow on unused farmland, restore ecosystems with native trees, and protect ecosystems. The Company connects small farmers with the latest technology and trains them in its use. By using the company's own digital platform, the Canadians ensure that the value created from the sale of carbon credits can be shared fairly with the landowning families. The Company can also ensure that participating farmers are paid quickly by using automated payment tools and blockchain software that trade the credits on their own trading platform at a premium price, giving both the farmers, the buyers and Carbon Done Right control over the cash flows and keeping everyone involved motivated.

    The technology developed by Carbon Done Right called CQS™ (Carbon Quantification System) creates these climate credits. The software helps to analyze how the forest stand changes and how much carbon the trees store. Thanks to state-of-the-art satellite technology from Copenhagen (Denmark), forest stocks can be monitored from space. Buyers can then use the LCE sales dashboard to trace the path of the trees, thus increasing confidence in the corresponding certificates. Anyone looking to invest in a growing and sustainable future market can feel confident in the business model of Carbon Done Right.

    Amazon Web Services digitizes small farmers in Southeast Asia

    The global population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050, yet the number of agricultural farms and farmers is decreasing rapidly due to the ageing of operators. The Southeast Asian IT agricultural company Axons is therefore developing a technical solution based on Amazon's AWS Cloud technology to meet the growing demand for food.

    Axons has used AWS technology to create a digital platform called "FarmPro" to support small farmers in food production and distribution. All production processes of the participating farmers can be tracked in order to put healthy food on the table for all customers. AWS has a long-term commitment to farmers and local communities in Thailand.

    Based on AWS technology, the app helps smallholder farmers optimize their crops and logistics through monitoring and communication services, generate higher revenues with transparent market pricing, and reduce operating costs by over 20%. By leveraging AWS's scalable infrastructure, the mobile app provides farmers with valuable crop insights to drive profitability through actionable data. This includes data on the number of plants, irrigation, and helpers involved. What is being tested here on a small scale by countless farmers is laying the foundations for the industry's major players.

    FarmPro was launched in the AWS Builder Studio. In the future, Axons plans to use other innovative technologies from AWS to improve the prediction of weather conditions and better anticipate crop problems.

    BASF and universities are researching CO₂-neutral animal-based production

    BASF AG is focusing on domestic cows to obtain a valuable intermediate for chemical production. The dairy cattle bacterium, which was isolated from the rumen of a Holstein cow in 2008, is to be genetically modified by researchers to produce large quantities of biobased succinic acid (fumarate) during fermentation. Succinic acid is widely distributed in nature and is an intermediate product in many metabolic processes in humans, animals and plants. In the chemical industry, it has traditionally been produced from fossil raw materials such as crude oil.

    The FUMBIO research project will measure the carbon footprint of fumarate produced using biotechnological methods and compare it with petrochemical production. The cooperation partners expect the CO₂ footprint to be significantly lower - or even negative, thanks to the use of CO₂ as a raw material.

    The research project focuses on the subsequent refinement of fumarate by enzymes - also known as biocatalysis - into biodegradable industrial products. The Company is collaborating with three German universities (Saarland, Marburg and Kaiserslautern-Landau) in a joint research project entitled FUMBIO (FUMaric acid BIObased).

    All these efforts aim to further improve recycling practices in the polymer industry to protect the environment and reduce manufacturing costs. Manufacturers have been using advanced processes to reuse used polymer goods for several years. This helps reduce the amount of landfill waste and promote a sustainable environment.

    With this intermediate product, BASF can produce a variety of products with a low carbon footprint, including additives for food and animal feed, starting materials for medicines, or building blocks for polymers and detergents. "Carbon dioxide is an important raw material for us in the chemical industry. So-called white biotechnology is an important tool that enables us to offer our customers a wider range of bio-based products with a low carbon footprint," explains Barbara Navé, Head of the FUMBIO project and responsible for the evaluation and coordination of new white biotechnology projects at BASF. "If we recycle CO₂ from industrial waste gases, this will help us to reduce emissions of this greenhouse gas and achieve our climate targets by 2050," explains Navé.

    Biotechnological processes such as fermentation, in which microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi use CO₂ as a building block for metabolic products, will become increasingly important for the chemical industry in the future. The FUMBIO project receives financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which is providing the project partners with a total of around EUR 2.6 million.

    The green economy is on the rise. Carbon Done Right integrates small farmers in developing countries into the carbon market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to state-of-the-art satellite technology, it enables large corporations such as Microsoft, Meta and Alphabet to seamlessly track traded CO₂ certificates. Amazon is also focusing on small farmers with its AWS business unit in Southeast Asia. The Company Axons has developed a specialized app to support small-scale farmers in their productivity. The high number of farmers in the region suggests that the project serves as a foundation for further processes that can be transferred to globally operating agricultural companies. **BASF is researching a biotechnological solution for CO₂-neutral production that can reduce the amount of waste in chemical production in the future. The research project is being funded by the German government with EUR 2.6 million. In view of the fact that BASF is broadly positioned, the share currently appears slightly undervalued in terms of price. Analysts also believe the Amazon share price will continue to rise and have set their rating to "Strong buy". Carbon Done Right is a promising company where the green economy is visible throughout the entire process. Transparent for all participants. Those who live in a green economy and want to invest with a clear conscience are in the right place with Carbon Done Right.

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    Der Autor

    Juliane Zielonka

    Born in Bielefeld, she studied German, English and psychology. The emergence of the Internet in the early '90s led her from university to training in graphic design and marketing communications. After years of agency work in corporate branding, she switched to publishing and learned her editorial craft at Hubert Burda Media.

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