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Fishing and aquaculture pollute more than aviation – NRK Nordland

Zerokyst Climate is implementing green technology change in the fisheries and aquaculture industry.

Among other things, they were given 120 million NOK from green platform.

Project manager Erik Ianssen explains that Zerokyst wants to contribute to a 50 percent emissions cut in the seafood industry.

So it’s good to know what the starting point is. How much do we export now and what is the goal?

In terms of finding the starting point, Stakeholder AS has prepared a report commissioned by Zerokyst.

It appears that the seafood industry in Norway has exported between 1.5 and 1.85 million tons CO₂ in 2021.

By comparison, greenhouse gas emissions from All domestic civil aviation 1.1 million tons.

According to the report, without measures, this figure will rise to more than two million tons by 2030.

Stakeholders reviewed data from Statistics Norway, Garantikassen, Kystverket and the Directorate of Fisheries to calculate emissions.

A completely different technique should be used

The report must be submitted below Noor Hunting 2022 Wednesday this week.

Erik Ianssen of Zerokyst tells NRK that it’s not surprising that there are significant emissions in the seafood industry, but it is important that work is done to get more accurate numbers.

Nobody has dealt with numbers before. It’s been said we’re going to cut the 50 percent, but no one knows what we’re going to cut and where we’re going.

This report, while noting some uncertainty about the numbers, outlines the challenges facing the industry.

According to the report, the farming industry is responsible for significant emissions.

Photo: Norsk Huffbroker/Flickr

The biggest challenges lie in the agriculture industry. There is talk of doubling volume at the same time as diesel consumption is reduced by fifty percent, says Jansen and adds:

– Then we talk about the fact that a completely different technology should be used than today.

What steps can be taken to change the situation?

– First, all players must be aware of what they are using and how much they have to cut. Second, the technology has to be in place, and our project is all about it.

In addition, the infrastructure must be in place. Then I think about, say, electricity on the docks and hydrogen for new boats.

Low climate emissions compared to others

Henrik Stenwig, director of environment and health at Sjømat Norge, told NRK that work was being done to reduce emissions while increasing production.

He maintains that the starting point for seafood production is good, but the work can still be done to reduce emissions.

The climate footprint of salmon is low compared to other animal products, and is in fact the lowest of all animals such asohPrecision. However, we can also improve, and that’s something we’ve been working on for years.

Fish in the grocery store in the shop

Farmed salmon has a low climate impact compared to other animal products, says Henrik Stenwig at Sjømat Norge.

Photo: Peter Strøm/NRK

Stenwig points out that there are two things the industry is working on improving in order to reduce emissions.

– First, the use of fossil energy sources should be reduced, but also the use of other raw materials. The second relates to the composition of fish oilohtruly. 70-80 percent of the climate footprint of salmon comes from for exampleoar.

forced to make changes

According to the report, the emissions from good boats It has increased by 67 percent since 2017. However, there is said to be uncertainty regarding the numbers, but the farming industry is estimated to have released between 500,000 and 750,000 tons. CO₂in 2021.

“There is a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and it underscores the need to take measures against the existing fleet, because many of the largest ships will be operating for decades to come.” says the report.

Stenwig also points out that there is a lack of data and that it is a challenge to document actual consumption.

Henrik Steinweg, Norwegian Seafood.

Henrik Stenwig, Director of Health and Environment at Seafood Norway.

Photo: Dan Henrik Clausen/NRK

But according to Stenwig, there is no doubt that the industry will become greener.

We have to move away from fossil solutions. We should have an increase in electricity and alternative energy sources on larger boats. We should also stay away from other fossil raw materials.

– You represent many people, is there a will to make big changes?

– Yes, not only will. They have to make changes. There is no doubt that the industry is very concerned about reducing climate emissions.

Erik Ianssen of Zerokyst also believes that players in the industry are willing to make changes to reduce climate emissions.

Industry has solutions. Users want to use it. But it is of course a struggle when everyone has to move from one thing that works to something else. Then it is often easier to use the old solutions.

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