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Climeworks: air capture technology
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.
Unfortunately we’re at a point where reduction is not enough anymore. We need to remove emissions as well.
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.