We can remove CO2 from the atmosphere, but what’s the point?

Our goal is to remove 100 tons of CO2 from the air, and store it safely underground. And for that we need your support. (You can give to the cause here. Just 1 Swiss Franc is equal to 2 kg of CO2)  Climeworks have the aim of removing 1% of global CO2 emissions from the air by 2025. Considering that over 41 gigatonnes of CO2 is emitted into the air every year, 1% is a huge amount. It is an ambitious goal, but with the scalability of their technology, it is far within the realms of possibility. But why do we want to remove this CO2 from the air, and why is it beneficial for the climate?

Firstly, we are not suggesting that emissions should be reduced. The fight against climate change is about attacking on more than one front. Emissions need to be reduced drastically, which is where renewable energy technology comes in, as well as innovations like Blue Crude, an incredible fuel produced by Sunfire in Germany, which is carbon neutral and can be used to run your car, enabling a circular economy, where only CO2 taken out of the air is put back into the air.

Both reducing emissions and removing CO2 from the atmosphere have the same net effect, but in order to reduce the present concentration levels of CO2, removal is extremely important. For us to meet our emissions targets, we need to both reduce emissions and mitigate against them at the same time.

Removing it from the atmosphere is one thing, but keeping it from going back into the atmosphere is another important issue. With methods such as CO2 sinks, for example a concentration of plants, forests or kelp beds, there is no guarantee that it may not once again be released, for example within a wildfire. By injecting the CO2 deep underground, or sequestering it, removes it forever, with no risk of it entering the atmosphere again.

The safe level of CO2 in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million (ppm), but we have passed the 400 ppm level! In order for us to reduce the atmospheric CO2 levels to a safe amount of 350, we need to remove 50 ppm plus an extra 2 ppm a year. For this, there needs to be a dramatic reduction of the CO2 emission levels as well as a big scale up in carbon capture technology. Currently, reservoirs, in which CO2 can be stored, are estimated to be able to store 545 GtC of CO2, according to the IPCC in 2005. It would take 771 Gtc of CO2 stored to reduce the concentration by 186 ppm, which would put us well on the way to halting climate change.

Many, including IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres, have expressed the need for CO2 removal. Now, the technology is becoming efficient enough to do so commercially, which means that you can make a difference

If you want to be part of the solution, why not head to our campaign page and pledge a small amount ($1 = 2 kg of CO2) Thank you for your support



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