Researchers, Investors, Project Developers and industry participants all play an important role to scale up ocean carbon project development that will bring new innovation to enable large scale emissions reduction, plus many co-benefits such as biodiversity and jobs.

The Ocean-based Carbon Markets Australia and New Zealand webinar will highlight how Australia’s and New Zealand’s blue economy participants are clearly well-placed to take advantage of their access to the natural capital of the ocean in the immature but emerging global Ocean-based carbon markets.

The webinar will consist of three presentations by Marni Oaten, Managing Director, OCT Emissions Solutions, Professor Dr Sebastian Leuzinger, Auckland University of Technology, and Alpa Bhattacharjee, Head of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC Bank Australia.

Marni Oaten will firstly present on the key insights from the recently completed Ocean-based Carbon Markets Australia and New Zealand Report including the few key barriers that need addressing to enable this market to thrive.

“The long list of ocean-based and ocean-derived negative emissions projects, that are ready for development could benefit coastal communities with jobs and skills along with helping address the direct physical impacts of climate change.”

“In addition, claiming the trillions of dollars worth of investment opportunities available and reducing barriers to trade as lower emissions economies.” says Ms Oaten.

Professor Dr Sebastian Leuzinger will cover a bird’s eye view of the global Carbon cycle, identifying opportunities for blue/ocean carbon.

“Two-thirds of the planet are covered in ocean, and much of this area is suitable for photosynthesis.”

“Locking away even a fraction of the fixed carbon fixed in the oceans will quickly match terrestrial sequestration potentials.” says Professor Dr Sebastian Leuzinger.

Lastly, Alpa Bhattacharjee will discuss the investment landscape for Ocean/Blue Carbon project development.

For more information on the Ocean-based Carbon Markets Australia and New Zealand, please visit the project page. The final project report will be released prior to the webinar.

The webinar will be held on Monday 28th March from 4-5pm (AEDT)
and will be made publicly available post-event for those who can’t attend.