‘Negative emissions’ technology commercialised for first time

The world’s first plant to sell CO2 obtained directly from the atmosphere has been commissioned in Switzerland

The Climeworks plant uses waste heat to capture 900 tonnes of CO2 per year. Photograph: Climeworks/Julia DunlopThe first plant to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and sell it has been launched in Switzerland.

The direct air capture (DAC) plant was formally commissioned in the town of Hinwil near Zurich in Switzerland on 31 May. It was built by Climeworks, a ‘negative emissions’ technology firm founded by two mechanical engineers who studied at the nearby Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

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