As the old saying goes, ‘Big oaks grow from little acorns’, and on a sapling in Glasgow at COP26 this week, transformative technology was unveiled that could have a lasting impact on the future of all the trees on the planet. In the imposing lobby of the City of Glasgow College, off Cathedral Street, a tree-marking ceremony was held to demonstrate a new platform that has the potential to create a reliable and verifiable means of measuring and monitoring net zero goals and subsequent progress.
Monitor carbon footprints and targets
Called on New energy matrix, the global ecosystem software enables citizens, institutions such as schools, businesses large and small, and government regulators to transparently and fairly publish and monitor their carbon footprint and goals.
The Glasgow College tree has been digitally tagged with an RFID chip that provides a unique identifier, and other information about the tree, including its current geolocation, species and physical dimensions, is loaded immediately into the tree. New Energy Matrix application to automatically and irrefutably prove its existence and status.
Stop and reverse deforestation
The technological breakthrough comes at a time when national leaders at the climate summit agreed on a plan to stop and reverse deforestation, and it reinforces the critical importance of forests for carbon sequestration and accountability. significant impact of global climate change. To demonstrate how technology can be used to identify and monitor mature trees that we want to protect for future generations, the Curtis team has created a new project in Beechwood Park, Stirling. Information on these trees can be found by downloading the New Energy Matrix from the Google Android Playstore or the Apple iOS AppStore.
Meaningful accountability for global climate change
Jon Curtis, CEO of the Isle of Man-based Data Management Group Curtis and associates, who developed the platform, said: “There are many ways to measure the carbon footprints of individuals and businesses, but today there is no common store for this information. It is therefore difficult to analyze how successful organizations are in meeting their stated goals and whether or not they engage in some form of deliberate “greenwashing”, or offset their emissions without proof or evidence. Bringing all the data together in a common repository, which cannot be changed once verified, means it can be reviewed and analyzed to ensure a fair game in tracking set goals, not only in forestry, but in all sectors of activity.
New energy matrix
Curtis & Associates Group has already implemented New Energy Matrix tagging of trees at GoldTeak, one of its ethical agroforestry projects in Indonesia, where it has planted more than 30,000 trees which to date have sequestered 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
As part of the group’s long-term commitments to social and corporate responsibility, it also funded the reconstruction of the local school and mosque for the benefit of the local community at the Goldteak site. Curtis said: “Following very valuable personal interactions with politicians and business leaders at COP26, we have received many requests from companies wishing to invest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) projects. similar and, indeed, wish to visit our plantation. to see how it’s done.
The unique validation process within New Energy Matrix’s decentralized ecosystem platform ensures that there can be no double counting of net zero efficiencies, and thus also discourages the temptation of unscrupulous greenwashing. Curtis stressed that the responsibility for sequestration was of paramount importance to governments and financial institutions, which must ensure that the green funding they disburse goes to real projects.
Deployment of the certificate for the green ecosystem
The transparent nature of the ecosystem means that peer pressure within sectors encourages mutual validation. The new energy matrix will allow the creation of certificates for green ecosystems of known origin (GECKO). These verified and immutable certificates can be not only intended for sequestered carbon storage in the forest sector, but also applied to any other industry on a global scale.
SMEs, the engine room of the economy
As one of the selected groups of companies chosen to present at COP26 as part of the Climate Chambers events, Curtis & Associates was able to demonstrate how the system can also be used by individuals as well as businesses to display voluntary carbon footprints and net zero targets. However, Curtis said he and other companies in attendance were disappointed that SMEs, which represent 99% of private sector companies in the UK, were denied access to the Blue Zone at COP26, while big business, activists and politicians had the field free. .
He said: “SMEs are the engine room of the economy and denying them the opportunity to interact with decision makers at an event of this nature can only be called counterproductive. I was also surprised that UK Chambers of Commerce ban media participation in presentations made by guest companies, ostensibly when disrupted by activists. The point of events like this is certainly that, if people have questions, you are there to explain or refute their arguments.