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I am engaged in project called interdisciplinary carbon capture and usage
(iCCU) where the aim is to use CO2 from factory smoke to produce marine
biomass (algae). The goal is to achieve large-scale CO2 mitigation and to reduce CO2-
footprint of fish feed. The latter is achieved by replacing soy and wild fish with algae biomass
in fish feed. The project has potential benefits related to marine wildlife by reducing the risk
of spreading salmon lice to wild salmon and by reducing the need to use wild fish as feed in
salmon farming, thereby reducing the need for industrial fishery.
My research is related to environmental ethics, where my aim is
to assess the above-mentioned carbon capture and usage technology in light of
environmental virtue ethics (EVE). A basic claim in EVE is that human flourishing, well-being,
and happiness depends on environmental virtues such as ecosystem sustainability and
stewardship. Further development and application of this ethical framework may provide
important insights for future decision-makers by illuminating the relationship between how
we structure our industries and the impact this has on the natural environment.
Furthermore, I investigate how our materialistic values and our consumption may impact
our environment and how a new perspective on industry development may contribute to
more sustainable societies for human and non-human life.
MILUTARENA-Formidlings- og koordineringstiltak knyttet for miljø- og utviklingsforskning