Carbon sequestration is the process of removing carbon from the atmosphere and depositing it in reservoirs. Basically, it is the process of capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and storing it to mitigate global warming and climate change.
Earth is getting warmer than ever, the reason is human activities. Human activities have caused an imbalance in the natural carbon cycle consequently greenhouse effect and global warming came into being.
The Coconut tree is a perennial plant that has an extremely high carbon sequestrating capacity. Coconut plantations are good candidates for ‘clean development mechanism’ according to published reports (Ref: presentation of Saverino S Magat of Philippines)
Based on the yield capacity of the coconut tree, it has been estimated that the carbon sequestration potential of coconut trees ranges from 20.58 tons/ha/year for 60 nuts yielding trees to 58.51 tons/ha/year for 250 nuts yielding trees. Pre-bearing trees are estimated to have the capacity of carbon sequestration of an average of 15.2 t/ha/yr.
Going by published statistics, an estimated two million Deejay Hybrid adult coconut trees and another 0.5 million trees in the growing stage, achieve carbon sequestration of over 7 lakh tons of carbon per year. This is a recurring factor year on year.
With the present production of about half a million hybrid seedlings every year, Deejays’ contributes an additional annual capacity of 1.67 lakh tons of carbon sequestration year on year.