This company is removing harmful carbon from the air with the aim to get the world to net zero and keep global warming below 1.5°C

Introducing Rachael O’Brien, the Head of Marketing at Climeworks, a company that with its direct air capture technology removes CO₂ from the air, permanently.

Founded in 2009, by two engineers Jan Wurzbacker and Christoph Gebald, who met on their first day of university at ETH Zurich,Climeworks has been on a journey towards a solution that would empower everyone to take climate action. 

Sharing a passion for alpine sports and spending time in the Swiss Alps, they experienced the effects of climate change first-hand. Shocked by the retreat of the glaciers, they vowed to do everything they could to tackle climate change.

Combining their engineering expertise, they have created a technology called direct air capture, a way to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air. As a result, Climeworks was formed and is now the leader in direct air capture (DAC) technology. 

So why direct air capture? 

While slashing emissions — and fast — is critical, it will not be enough to stabilise the climate.

Unfortunately we're at a point where reduction is not enough anymore. We need to remove emissions as well.

To be specific: The United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change (IPCC) says the use of carbon removal technologies is already “unavoidable” if we want to meet our climate goals, and that by 2050 we’ll need to remove and store 5-16 billion tons per year.

Therefore, direct air capture combined with CO₂ storage is no longer an option to fight global warming, but a necessary tool, along with emission reductions.

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Presented by: Daniel Hartz 

Produced by: Daniel Hartz & Peter Donnelly

Video Edit by: Abdallah Raddadi 

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