BLUEO2



Where most see problems we see an ocean of opportunities


MissionPeople

What We Do

Quantify impact

We use and develop solid data and research to support our work

Regenerative design

Our concepts are inspired by nature and regenerative by design

Financial sustainability

We create win-win propositions for ecology and economy

MISSION

Realising the full potential of the ocean to prevent and reverse climate change

The total amount of carbon in the ocean is about 50 times greater than the amount in the atmosphere, and is exchanged with the atmosphere on a time-scale of several hundred years. At least 1/2 of the oxygen we breathe comes from the photosynthesis of marine plants. Currently, 48% of the carbon emitted to the atmosphere by fossil fuel burning is sequestered into the ocean (NASA).

This makes the ocean the single biggest opportunity to reverse climate change

However, the future fate of this important carbon sink is uncertain because of potential climate change impacts on ocean circulation, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem dynamics. Many of these problems are related to our growing population and our (food) production system; methane release from dairy farming, pollution from artificial fertilisers, soil depletion, mono cultures for feed and fuel.

However, where most see only problems we see an ocean of opportunities. By working with the oceans natural resilience to climate change (Blue Carbon) and harnessing marine resources (Algae) to reverse the causes of climate change we are contributing to restoring the planets natural balance and our wellbeing as a species.

Our mission is to realise the full potential of the ocean to prevent and reverse the effects of climate change, while protecting her splendor.

Our board

“The sea: every conquest takes courage”

Konstantin Skliris is chair and co-founder of BlueO2. Having grown up for a large part of his childhood at the Mediterranean, Konstantin (Kosta) Skliris is strongly engaged with preserving this cultural and natural heritage for his own children. That is why he has co-founded BlueO2. He has a background in political science and has worked at both the policy and the grass roots level. Having written his master thesis on geo-politics and environment he is well aware of the challenges of getting sustainability higher on the public agenda. In 2009 he was a candidate for the European parliament for the Green party. Since then he has shifted his focus to public-private initiatives and creating a more social face for finance through his work on social credit and debt.

“The sea: every conquest takes courage” -
“I admire you, ocean, but I also fear you and feel responsible for you”

Eszter Fuleky Vitorino is a boardmember of BlueO2. She grew up far from the sea in Slovakia and has Hungarian roots. Speaking three languages before the age of two, she is a true cosmopolitan with a global outlook on matters. Nonetheless she enjoys a slower pace of life and connecting with nature. She has an in depth knowledge of conservation issues from having worked at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Netherlands office. Since 2010 she has been with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) working in several roles with GRI’s regional offices and corporate stakeholders. Currently she works as a Senior Manager, Sustainable Finance and Policy, where she has been managing GRI’s bilateral relations with governmental and capital markets actors including the World Federation of Exchanges and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative. With her team, Ezster has built a knowledge hub of sustainability reporting policies and regulations worldwide and contributed to various publications on this issue. She holds a double Masters in Economics and Political Science.

“I admire you, ocean, but I also fear you and feel responsible for you” -
“There is still so much unknown potential in the sea to benefit our health and quality of life”

Paul started his career at an advertising agency and discovered his passion for marketing. After his studies at Tias (Master of Marketing), he worked for Pon automotive, where he held various positions including head of marketing for Audi Netherlands. He found a way to apply his marketing skills for good through Markaiding. As a Co-founder of this non-profit consultancy, he supports charities in the areas of strategic marketing and communications. What Paul enjoys most is human relations and see people fulfill their potential. Privately this means he spends as much time as possible with family and friends, enjoying good food and good living. Professionally he has found the perfect combination between people and marketing working in recruitment. Since 2016, Paul joined as Partner at Duke & Jacobs Executive Search.

“There is still so much unknown potential in the sea to benefit our health and quality of life” -
“Being and breathing underwater is like traveling to another universe”

After completing an interdisciplinary undergraduate honours degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam University College) Clea van de Ven proceeded with an MSc degree in Freshwater & Marine Biology (University of Amsterdam). She is currently completing her final thesis. Throughout her studies she studied benthic communities and ecological interactions. In addition, she is interested in sustainable use of ecological resources and the way humans interact with their environment. Clea aims to contribute to social and ecological questions with a critical view and from a scientifically sound background.

“Being and breathing underwater is like traveling to another universe” -

Our team

Zairah Khan
Zairah Khan
Aernout Aki Ackerman
Aernout Aki Ackerman
Brechtje Smidt
Brechtje Smidt

Address

Visiting Adres: Zeestraat 100, Den Haag Mailing Adres: Oude Haagweg 679, 2552 GM, The Hague, The Netherlands

Customer Support

Phone: +31649288225

Email: info@blueO2.com

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