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Decarbonization of Amsterdam using algae

Carbon Suckers, together with Climate Cleanup & Utrecht University, investigate how to help Amsterdam to decrease CO2 emissions using Algae.

DECARBONIZATION OF AMSTERDAM USING ALGAE.

Carbon Suckers and its partner Climate Cleanup, an Amsterdam based initiative with a goal to withdraw down 1500 gigaton carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere using nature-based methods, will over the months February – April collaborate with a group of Utrecht University students on a Case Study: Decarbonization of Amsterdam using algae.

Fig. 1: Possible decarbonization pathway for Amsterdam.

Fig. 2: Amsterdam key facts.

WHY AMSTERDAM?

The city has targeted an aggressive reduction of 45% of its CO2 emissions by 2025 (compared with 1990 levels. Also, current city government has drawn up additional objectives designed to keep Amsterdam’s future bright and healthy.

GOAL

The study analyzes the feasibility of capturing CO2 out of the air using algae farming in an urban setting. The reasons are various, mainly it is the fact, that more than 50% of today’s population lives in cities, cities account for more than 70% of global emissions and they consume more than 66% of the world’s energy. Moreover, the air cleanliness in the concentrated urban areas is very low causing breathing and health problems. Amsterdam has been selected to provide the scope and for its ambitious targets of reducing the CO2 emissions by 45% by 2025 and becoming carbon neutral by 2050. 

WHY ALGAE?

IN SUMMARY, ALGAE PRODUCTS ARE GLOBALLY GROWN NATURAL FOOD WITH HIGH NUTRITIOUS VALUE, IT CAN REPLACE ANIMAL-BASED FOOD AND THUS PREVENT THE CARBON FOOTPRINT THESE PRODUCTS CARRY AND ABOVE IT ALL, IT SUCKS CO2 OUT OF THE AIR TO GROW.

Algae is an organism, which can prosper in an aquatic environment and needing only sun and a lot of carbon dioxide to grow. The technology needed for algae farming is relatively affordable and is very suitable for an urban setting as can be seen on the picture below. A set of connected glass tubes, that can be placed anywhere in the city. The product of such algae farm is a nutrition with very high protein, fat and omega-3 content and is considered as one of the foods of the future generations.

 

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