Stakeholder Engagement Statement

At UNDO, we are committed to our mission of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on a gigatonne scale for future generations. To achieve this ambitious goal rapidly and at scale, we recognise that meaningful and inclusive stakeholder engagement is crucial to the success of our enhanced rock weathering (ERW) operations. We pledge to involve and collaborate with the following key stakeholder groups:

  1. Local Farming Communities

Farmers and landowners play a crucial role in integrating our ERW initiatives into agricultural landscapes. Without land to spread our rock, our projects (and the many co-benefits they offer) are not possible. We are committed to creating and maintaining these communities’ trust through partnerships and open dialogue.   

Our crushed rock helps farmers optimise and reduce input costs. This mineral-rich volcanic rock increases soil fertility and crop yield, reducing the need for expensive fertilisers. 

Our partnership approach brings green jobs to rural communities increasingly feeling the brunt of climate change. Regional operations managers are on hand to guide our farmers through the ERW lifecycle and share scientific soil analysis before and after spreading. We actively discuss the benefits of ERW projects at national farming events and in local agricultural publications, promoting awareness and participation. We’re not importing machines and talent. We’re importing the ability for local people to do carbon removal in their own community.

  1. Quarrying and Mining Companies

Collaborating with quarrying and mining companies is essential to secure the necessary by-product rock for our projects. We prioritise responsible extraction practices and work closely with these stakeholders to ensure the sourcing, testing, hauling, and spreading of rocks follow UNDO’s framework and adhere to the highest environmental standards. Our operations have a 95% carbon efficiency, as we use existing farm machinery to spread a by-product on local land. 

  1. Scientific and Academic Community

Collaboration with the scientific and academic community is a cornerstone of our approach. UNDO actively works with scientists to explore and implement various methods for monitoring, reporting, and verifying (MRV) our carbon removal efforts. By integrating innovative sensor technology alongside established methodologies, we strive to remain at the forefront of scientific advancement in carbon removal.

Our science team is active in communicating UNDO’s world-class science to enhanced weathering experts at international conferences such as Goldschmidt, American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geosciences Union (EGU). Attendance at these conferences is important for knowledge sharing and allows the team to receive feedback from experts in the field, and stay up-to-date with latest trends and developments.

As part of our community commitment, we prioritise hiring local personnel, partnering with local institutions (like the James Hutton Institute) for collaborative scientific research, and offering scientific internships to local students. We’re also familiar with the valuable guidance agricultural colleges provide to their communities, which is why our agronomic trials are done in partnership with leading academics (such as those based at the University of Newcastle’s Naffterton Farm) based in the places we work.

  1. Climate Justice 

The devastating impact of climate change is having a disproportionate effect on countries in the Global South, and we are exploring the role enhanced rock weathering has to play as an accelerant of climate justice. We’ve been invited to scale our operations in East Africa and are conducting field trials with cooperatives in Tanzania and Kenya to understand how mineral-rich rocks can have a positive impact on crop yield and food production. We hope to implement our technology in partnership with local communities, empowering them to remove carbon while improving food security and nutrition.

  1. Local Regulatory Bodies

Engaging with local regulatory bodies is essential to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations in the areas where our projects are implemented. We actively work with local officials in charge of the water catchments, sharing with them environmental assessments of our work. UNDO will continue to meet the organic standards set out by the likes of the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) to ensure that our rock is approved for use in certified organic farming systems and comes accredited by entities like the Soil Association, Organic Farmers & Growers and Biodynamic Association UK.

  1. Public and Media

We value the public’s understanding and support for our efforts. We will actively engage with the media and general public to communicate our climate goals, progress, and results. UNDO activates press activity in all project areas to raise awareness of ERW, inform stakeholders about forthcoming local projects and offer a channel of communication for feedback and further engagement. By promoting transparency and accessibility, we aim to inspire collective action in the fight against climate change.

  1. Carbon-Conscious Communities

We welcome commentary and engagement from climate-concerned citizens and appreciate their role in scaling our carbon removal solution. Through public trade shows, educational content, social media channels, general contact forms and our offering of individual subscriptions, we strive to encourage and create dialogue. Only through this dialogue can we socialise our science and business.  

Ultimately, our goal at UNDO is not to build a list of customers and partners. It is to remove carbon by building trust. This stakeholder trust translates to dedicated and informed partners, a growing and cohesive global carbon removal community and a better shot for a brighter future for our planet. We’re thrilled to have an incredible stakeholder community alongside us and are proud to be (un)doing our part.