Our two co-founders, Jan and Christoph, met on their first day of university at ETH Zurich and quickly became friends. Aside from their love of engineering, they both shared a passion for alpine sports and spent much time in the Swiss Alps. Here, 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.
Together, Jan and Christoph embarked on a journey toward a solution that would empower everyone to take climate action. As engineers at heart, they poured their efforts into working on a technology called direct air capture, a way to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air. As a result, Climeworks was founded in 2009 and is now the leader in direct air capture (DAC) technology.
Everything you need to know about Climeworks in one page: who we are, what we do and why we do it.
In recent years, climate action has experienced a paradigm shift. It’s now recognized that drastically reducing emissions alone won’t be enough to halt climate change. The IPCC reports show that drastic emissions reductions are more important than ever, but on top of this, carbon dioxide removal is needed to get the world to net zero and keep global warming below 1.5 °C.
But it’s no longer just the scientists saying this; individuals and businesses also agree. We need many carbon dioxide removal solutions working together to prevent further global warming and restore balance to our climate. Other approaches to remove carbon include afforestation and reforestation (trees store carbon dioxide as they grow), bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage (known as BECCS), or enhanced weathering (fast-tracking the carbon capture process in minerals). The global capacity to store carbon dioxide is vast and lies between 5 and 30 trillion tons.
As a carbon dioxide removal solution, Climeworks’ direct air capture and storage (DAC+S) is particularly effective because it’s highly efficient, permanent, safe, and measurable.
More than compensation: removes carbon dioxide from the air permanently
Know precisely how much carbon dioxide we'll remove in your name
Requires minimal land and water to operate
The carbon dioxide is safely stored by, for example turning it into stone through natural processes
The concept of modular CO₂ collectors is developed.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, humanity must remove around 5 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the air annually by mid-century and 17 billion tons by 2100. We believe direct air capture will play a significant role in achieving these goals, and we created our company values based on this vision. You can read our 5 core values below, which every Climeworker stands by.
We are, first and foremost, a group of people working with passion toward the same goal.
We follow our purpose without compromise in an enduring way.
We encourage everyone to follow unconventional paths and to challenge existing solutions.
We are committed to building products and structures which are designed to be infinitely scalable.
Our direct air capture plants have inspired investors, customers, policy makers, and created a completely new industry.