4 Companies Using Innovative Bluetech Solutions to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Our climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and the results have the potential to cause catastrophic imbalances in our oceans and on land. To solve the problem, though, we can’t just reduce CO2 emissions — we also need to remove and transform what we've already put into the environment. Check out these innovative bluetech approaches for reducing and transforming CO2 emissions:

  • Ocean-based Climate Solutions, Inc.: This environmental technology development company uses wave energy to produce upwelling of nutrient-enriched seawater from 200 meters below the surface, which promotes growth of phytoplankton. It then sends particulate organic carbon (POC) as well as dissolved organic carbon contained in the upper ocean, below 400 meters, where it is out of contact with the atmosphere for many decades. The company believes that low-cost technologies are needed to quickly remove CO2 from the atmosphere — and, given that the oceans are the earth’s largest carbon sink, they must be part of the solution.We4Sea: This European-based maritime-tech startup offers solutions to measure, manage, and report on fuel consumption and related emissions of vessels in real-time, without the need for on-board monitoring equipment. The company has a performance-monitoring platform that allows cargo, fleet and ship owners to follow the performance of their vessels. Displayed in a dashboard, the data provides insight into actual usage of a fleet; relative performance compared to similarly sized vessels; and an overview of high-performing components and “efficiency killers."

  • SailRouter: Given that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently published a vision for a 50% reduction of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere in international sea transport by 2050, limiting fuel consumption of vessels is only becoming more important. SailRouter helps reduce fuel consumption by merchant ships with machine learning. By monitoring and analyzing weather and other data, and taking into account things like ship hydrodynamics and data acquired from motion sensors, SailRouter helps get merchant ships to their destination as efficiently as possible.

  • AquaBounty: AquaBounty's mission is to produce a high-quality, nutritious, farmed GMO salmon while simultaneously minimizing the company's carbon footprint. Their AquAdvantage® salmon will be raised in land-based production systems away from the ocean, eliminating the risk of escapes which could impact native fish populations, as well as the risk of pollutants that could harm marine ecosystems. AquaBounty says their salmon could have a carbon footprint that is 23-to-25 times smaller than a traditionally farmed salmon.

Do you know of any other companies, startups, or entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to solve problems and transform our environment? We’d love to hear from you.

Hannah Armstrong is an associate editor at SeaAhead.

Hannah Armstrong