3 Leaders in Carbon Removal on the Race To Solve the Climate Crisis

ClimateWorks, Actuate and Carbon180 representatives explain advancing technologies that remove carbon dioxide to help achieve net zero emissions goals.
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Climate change is one of the most urgent global challenges we face. Since 1880, the Earth’s temperature has risen by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. With no intervention, global temperatures are predicted to rise at least another 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. The results of rising temperatures have been devastating — acting as a catalyst for heatwaves, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters. Even more troubling, our warming climate disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and low-income communities, who experience higher levels of exposure to dangerous chemicals, poorer air quality and water quality — among other climate-related challenges.

Despite the scale of the issue, there is hope and a solution. We need to stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2050 and remove emissions we’ve already generated to avoid a worsening climate crisis and better protect our communities now and in the future. If this happens, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests global warming will likely halt. Taking action on climate change will also benefit our health and provide new economic opportunities.

With all this in mind, we are supporting the effort to reach net zero emissions by 2050 through new funding. This includes supporting organizations that use equitable and just approaches to advance a broad range of technologies and solutions that pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in a stable form or use it in products like concrete, which can help reduce emissions in hard-to-decarbonize industries — a process known as carbon dioxide removal. Carbon removal, alongside reducing existing sources of emissions as quickly as possible, is one pivotal way we can reduce harm from climate change. According to the IPCC, most pathways for limiting global warming rely on carbon removal, yet this area of emissions reduction work attracted only 1% of climate philanthropy over the past five years.

There are a number of approaches to carbon removal — from direct air capture, which pulls carbon dioxide directly out of the atmosphere, to mineralization, which aims to store more carbon dioxide in rocks by accelerating natural processes that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into minerals. As we explore initial support for carbon removal, we are also laser-focused on investing in the infrastructure to ensure environmental equity advocates and frontline communities influence the creation and scaling of these efforts.

Learn more about some of the organizations we are excited to join forces with and their work to fight climate change in partnership with communities most impacted.

Jan Mazurek – ClimateWorks Foundation

A headshot of a woman next to a quote that reads The science is clear The world is suffering from a climate crisis that is projected to become much worse if we continue to emit greenhouse gas pollution  Jan Mazurek