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Co-CEOs and co-founders of Climeworks named to the inaugural TIME100 Climate list

Climeworks’ co-CEOs and co-founders, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, have been recognized by TIME among the 100 most innovative leaders driving business climate action. The award follows their feature on the TIME100 Next list and Climeworks’ nomination as one of the TIME100 Most Influential Companies in 2022.

Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher in front of Climeworks' Orca plant in Iceland.
Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher in front of Climeworks' Orca plant in Iceland.

Jan and Christoph founded Climeworks in 2009 to bring to life a tangible, engineered solution to remove CO₂ from the air to help fight global warming. Their pioneering leadership has since put direct air capture (DAC) on the map of climate solutions, kick-starting the development of an entire industry with the world’s first commercial-scale direct air capture and storage (DAC+S) plant Orca, and transforming Climeworks into the global leader in carbon dioxide removal (CDR).

To assemble the inaugural TIME100 Climate list, TIME's editors and reporters fielded nominations and recommendations from industry leaders and partner organizations like Global Optimism and The B Team, as well as TIMECO2’s Advisory Council, then worked to assess the candidates on a variety of factors, including recency of action, measurable results, and influence. Thank you TIME for recognizing Climeworks’ co-CEOs and co-founders on this inaugural list!

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