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Our mission

Climeworks empowers people to fight climate change by permanently removing CO₂ from the air with direct air capture technology. We are dedicated to purpose, we are disruptive thinkers, and we are one team.

We develop, build, and operate direct air capture (DAC) machines, which capture CO₂ directly from the air. The air-captured carbon dioxide can either be recycled and reused as a raw material or permanently removed from the air by safely storing it underground.

Founded in 2009 by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks was built with the vision to inspire 1 billion people to remove CO₂ from the air and is now the leader in technological carbon removal.

We're featured as a TIME100 Influential Company 2022 and Global Cleantech 100 Company 2022 and drive a revolutionary technology engineered to solve the most pressing issue of our time.

Join us and become a Climeworker now.

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Climeworkers Franziska Schacht und Maximilian Schmid

Our values

One team

One team

The true value of Climeworks is its people.

Dedication to purpose

Dedication to purpose

We follow our purpose without compromises.

Disruptive thinking

Disruptive thinking

We encourage everyone to follow unconventional paths and to challenge existing solutions.

Excellence for scale

Excellence for scale

We're committed to building products and structures which are designed to be infinitely scalable.

Inspiring people

Inspiring people

We’re convinced that technology can reharmonize the climate, and with this optimism, we inspire others to join our mission.

Our technology

Climeworks removes CO₂ from the air to fight global warming and protect future generations to come. We use direct air capture (DAC) technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air, permanently removing it from the atmosphere, so it can no longer contribute to climate change. 

Climeworks direct air capture & storage plant, Orca
Machines

Our first direct air capture plant launched in 2017, and we now have 15 machines in operation, with the world’s first large-scale plant switched on in Iceland in September 2021.

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Technology

Our machines consist of modular CO₂ collectors, which selectively capture carbon dioxide in a two-step process. The CO₂ captured can either be stored or reused as a raw material.

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Storage

Once the CO₂ is captured, it can be permanently and safely turned into stone through rapid mineralization, which is a natural occurrence where the CO₂ reacts with basalt rock.

Learn about carbon storage

We are one team

At Climeworks, diversity, equality, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. Our commitment to these values is central to our vision and our purpose. We know that in order to solve one of humankind’s greatest challenges, we need disruptive thinking and diverse perspectives. The true value of Climeworks is its people, and we believe that together, we can fight climate change.

Get to know Climeworks
Carlos Härtel, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Carlos Härtel, CTO

How do you see the future?

I'm excited about our journey so far and even more excited about what's to come. The growth potential is great and Climeworks is bringing together some of the best minds to make our goals a reality.

Ruth Garcia, Research and Development Engineer, Climeworker
Ruth Garcia, Research and Development Engineer

Why do you love working for Climeworks?

The most inspiring aspect of Climeworks is the people. Everyone is very motivated and passionate, which creates a good working atmosphere that allows people to tackle any challenge that comes along.

Why work with us?

Since Climeworks was founded in 2009, we've been dedicated to scaling up our direct air capture technology to remove legacy CO₂ from the air. Today, as the market leader in the field and backed by strong investors with our latest funding round exceeding CHF 600m (USD 650m), we're driving the development of a new, emerging industry. Climeworks operates various facilities all over Europe, including the world's first commercial-scale direct air capture and storage plant.

We’re an international team with diverse backgrounds. Located in 4 countries (Switzerland, Germany, Iceland and the US) with over 200 employees, we’re on a mission toward a better world.

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