Jacobs to Help Develop the UK Saltmarsh Carbon Code
Carbon captured by coastal ecosystems such as saltmarshes, referred to as “blue carbon”, provides a natural way of reducing the impact of greenhouse gases on our atmosphere. The potential for carbon captured by coastal ecosystems, known as “blue carbon”, to contribute to net zero ambitions through processes like saltmarsh restoration, is attracting great interest. Jacobs is bringing its global expertise of drafting carbon codes and designing nature-based solutions that restore coastal ecosystems to the partnership developing and trialing the UK carbon code for saltmarshes.
Supported by the UK Government’s new Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund, the project will develop scientific and revenue models, plus a certification scheme for U.K. projects wanting to attract private investment by selling the carbon benefits from restoring saltmarshes. Jacobs forms part of a distinguished team led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology that includes the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the University of St Andrews, Bangor University, Scotland’s Rural College, the International Union for Conservation of Nature National Committee UK and Finance Earth.
This carbon code project is set to pave the way for significant investment in restoring the UK’s saltmarshes, which will help mitigate climate change, support biodiversity and reduce flood risk. Coastal wetland habitats, through the build-up of sediment and vegetation, trap and bury carbon at a greater rate per area than terrestrial habitats such as forests or peatlands. Significant areas of coastal saltmarsh have been lost due to land claim since Roman times and concerns remain over potential losses caused by sea level rise and the presence of coastal defences.