Emphasis is placed on carbon footprint here at RAS.Exposed. Both the 4th National Climate Assessment and IPCC Global Warming of 1.5ºC reports make it clear almost nothing else matters more to a sustainable future as does decarbonizing our way of life.
RAS.Exposed has built a RAS Carbon Footprint Calculation Resource Page with specific guidance and recommendations using industry standard Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools and methodologies.
This is one of many difficulties the RAS industry faces as it’s absorbent energy consumption is much higher than any other method of raising fin-fish.
Important to a RAS operators carbon footprint is the production of feed as it is the dominating climate impact for RAS followed by energy source and transport methods used. And finally, more and more the architecture and building industry is looking more to Embodied Carbon which RAS.Exposed maintains is the crux to saying no to RAS as a means of protein production.
Nordic’s recently released power mix and usage numbers are clear, Maine is the wrong place for RAS based salmon farmers.
Does Nordic Aquafarms – or anyone for that matter – have the necessary experience to risk such a large project?
It seems wise investors would be concerned that RAS’s enormous and constant power requirements and the likelihood that electricity will only get more expensive going forward is reason plenty to think of investing elsewhere.
Compare nut trees to either net pen or land based salmon farming and it’s clear; truly sustainable good nutrition is possible without such issues as animal welfare, local environmental damage and heavy carbon footprint.
RAS’s Achilles’ heel and Seafood Watch’s senior program manager Ryan Bigelow admits they recommend RAS to their consumers however “they haven’t considered the environmental cost of energy use in that assessment.”
While Nordic Aquafarms claims “the local opposition is vastly overstating the carbon footprint from land-based seafood in Maine based on faulty assumptions and misleading conclusions” it appears Nordic Aquafarms is vastly incorrect on their all important power mix number.
An “environmentally friendly solution to an important issue” and should be able to “skip environmental assessment?
Cell-based foods have RAS running in circles. “Feeding the Future” with science and entrepreneurship, is it easy to see a future that is lean, mean and way more green than recirculating and net-pen aquaculture.
More and more it looks like investing in salmon farming, whether open pen or land based, is a short sighted investment.
It is hard not to notice the RAS industry is experiencing tremendous growth exhibiting the same crazy market exuberence as the Internet Bubble of the late 90’s however IntraFish is reporting today that Nekkar has been awarded a $1.1 million grant to persue it’s innovative closed-cage technology in partnership with a “renowned fish farmer”. Proponents […]
RAS based fish farming requires a huge investment compared to all other forms of fish farming and with the uncertainty of the Global Climate Crisis another concern should be dawning on RAS investors… will the “younger demographic be more open to plant-based food“? Intrafish is reporting from the Global Seafood Marketing Conference in Orlando Florida […]
Limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°C will provide the only chance for the survival of coral reefs.
undercurrentNews is reporting today that a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) claims unsustainable fishing compounds climate change’s impacts on reefs. The undercurrentNews article interestingly seems to imply the major problem is “To increase coral resilience to locked-in climate change, illegal and unsustainable fishing must be stopped. EJF’s ;’charter for transparency’ in the […]