Where we come from

The inspiration for Climeworks goes back almost two decades. Our two co-founders Jan and Christoph met on their first day of university at ETH Zurich and quickly became friends. Besides their love for engineering they both share a passion for alpine sports and spent a lot of 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 can to tackle climate change - one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.

Jan and Christoph committed themselves to creating a solution that empowers everyone to act. Being engineers at heart they focused on what they did best: develop a technology. During their PhDs, they researched how to capture carbon dioxide from the air, continued as entrepreneurs and founded Climeworks in 2009 as an ETH spin-off. Now, 10 years later, Climeworks is the world's leading direct air capture company and provides a solution that empowers everyone to be climate positive by removing carbon dioxide from the air.

Where we are headed

Climeworks is in it for the long run. We want to become climate relevant and thus do our part in reversing climate change. By climate relevant we mean capturing billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air per year. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, humanity needs to remove around 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year by mid-century. We believe direct air capture can play a significant role in achieving this. And we need you to make this happen! Together, we can inspire 1 billion people to remove carbon dioxide from the air. Together, we can build a climate-positive future for generations to come. Let's act now!

What we've achieved: our milestones


Jan and Christoph commence research on direct air capture in their masters studies at the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich.


The first system concepts and working prototypes are developed in the laboratories of ETH Zurich.


In November 2009 the time had come: Jan and Christoph sign the founding documents of Climeworks.


Climeworks closes its first financing round, providing for the construction of a first demonstration prototype, scaled-up by a factor 1'000 compared to the previous laboratory technology.


The concept of the modular CO₂ collector and a working prototype is developed.


A production infrastructure with a capacity of more than hundred CO₂ collectors per year is realized.


Climeworks commissions the world's first commercial-scale direct air capture plant as well as the world's first carbon dioxide removal plant.


USD 30.8 million to commercialize our carbon dioxide removal technology are raised.


Climeworks raises CHF 100M (USD 110M) – the largest ever private investment into direct air capture. The funding will drive forward our scale-up roadmap and expand our carbon dioxide removal capacities


Climeworks joins new European industry consortium Norsk e-Fuel to industrialize Power-to-Liquid technology and achieve climate-neutral transportation for the European market


The construction of Climeworks' new direct air capture and storage plant “Orca” has started. By capturing 4'000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, Orca will be the world's biggest climate-positive facility to date.


Climeworks celebrates two years of carbon dioxide removal service with over 6,500 Pioneer customers.

What we stand for: our core values

One team: Climeworkers

One team: Climeworkers

We are first and foremost a group of people working with passion towards the same goal. We are proud to support. We act in an open, honest and humble way. The true value of Climeworks is its people and we want to preserve our unique culture.

More than a business: dedication to purpose

More than a business: dedication to purpose

We question the “why” thoroughly and we have to understand the “why”. We follow our purpose without compromises in an enduring way. We are proactive and take ownership for action.

Off the beaten track: disruptive thinking

Off the beaten track: disruptive thinking

We encourage everyone to follow unconventional paths and to challenge existing solutions. We are courageous and at the same time we understand that by exploring other possibilities we will make mistakes and practice learning from mistakes. 

We're in it for the long run: excellence for scale

We're in it for the long run: excellence for scale

We are long-term oriented. We are committed to build products and structures which are designed to be infinitely scalable. Thus, we are striving for excellent communication and execution. We solve challenges with quality and structure.

The more we are, the more will follow: inspiring people

The more we are, the more will follow: inspiring people

We like to inspire by showing solutions. While our direct air capture plants of course capture CO₂ from air, they have been providing much more: inspiring investors, customers, policy makers, Climeworkers – more broadly inspiring a completely new industry. We want to inspire 1 billion people to be climate positive and to take climate action. By providing accessible climate action, we strive to empower as many people as possible.

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