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The Challenge

The risks of continued global warming are well documented; rising sea levels, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, species extinction, water & food insecurity, worsening health and millions more people exposed to poverty.

To reduce the risk of catastrophic warming, there must be a substantial reduction in GHG emissions, of which CO2 represents over 75% of the total.

There is increasing concern that global warming will push the Earth towards “tipping points”. These describe the transition of a system from one stable state to another and they may not be reversable. The uncertainties and challenges of tipping points amplify the urgency of action to reduce atmospheric CO2 and the importance of building resilience into investment strategies and business plans across the land, the oceans and the air we breath.

The path to net-zero is highly complex and requires a huge amount of investment. It is often the countries who have contributed the least to GHG emissions, who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Effective solutions require global co-ordination and substantial funding from the largest producers of emissions.

The UN Climate Action states that the burning of fossil fuels is by far the largest contributor to climate change, accounting for 73% of global GHG emissions and nearly 90% of all CO2 emissions.

The agricultural sector accounts for nearly 20% of GHG emissions, so by focusing on the energy and agricultural sectors, NCA is aiming to make a positive impact on the sources of over 90% of GHG emissions.

All graphs on this page – source: Our world in data

The Challenge 

The challenge lies in balancing reliance on fossil fuels with the urgent need to reduce GHG emissions to mitigate climate change. IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook charts a pathway to a climate-neutral future through electrification and efficiency, backed by renewable energy.

Our Approach

Natural Capital Associates targets those activities where it can make the largest possible impact.

Action
NCA’s approach
Facilitate the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables. Provide advice and mobilise capital to facilitate the energy transition. NCA helps developers and independent power producers in the renewable energy sector.
Reduce the damaging impact of burning fossil fuels. Provide advice and mobilise capital for projects aiming to reduce GHG emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Reduction in GHGs from NCA’s activities on the land and in the oceans. Forests are one of the most important global carbon sinks and absorb approximately 45% of global GHG emissions.

NCA provides advice and mobilises capital for land-management projects, such as reforestation, regeneration and rewilding.

Agriculture accounts for approximately 20% of global GHG emissions, of which over 70% comes from livestock production and change of land-use.

NCA’s specialists in sustainable agriculture and land regeneration engage with agricultural companies on a range of nature-based solutions to reduce the impact on the environment.

The oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and capture over 20% of CO2 from the atmosphere.

NCA provides advice and mobilises capital for conservation projects for fresh and saltwater ecosystems, including more sustainable food production.

NCA is concerned by the substantial loss of fish stocks and damage to the marine eco-system caused by overfishing and sea-bed trawling.

NCA works with its partners to find more sustainable methods of producing seafood, increasing marine protected areas and restoring marine habitats.  

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