Climate Cleanup Foundation is an independent non-profit, a club of entrepreneurial people who reverse climate change by drawing down CO2 emissions ánd removing 1500 gigaton CO2 using nature based solutions. We foster the fundamental conditions for the doughnut economy.

Photo by Kyle Ellefson

What we do

The Foundation nurtures the plan and curates the coalition of Climate Cleanup companies and funders. We make sure we all operate potentially at scale, have solid business cases, and always operate within the doughnut; in other words, work integrated and strengthening nature. We work in an open startegic partner network.


How we do it

We start with entrepreneurs, because they know from experience what should be done. To build a booming sector we organise funding and world-class communication. We operate agile and lightly, in targeted partnerships and temporary teams creating focused interventions (like publishing Drawdown or specific communication). To maintain our independence we accept donations. We think big and act boldly, but always keep our work grounded in science, and in contact with everything that lives.



Our work is based on solid science. Tim Flannery’s work is a major inspiration, and we are honored to work with Tim as our non-executive scientific director.

Documentary featuring Tim Flannery, focusing on seaweed as climate solution.

Paul Hawken’s seminal Project Drawdown is another inspiration. For the first time in history, Paul and a global team of scientists made a quantitative scenario analysis of the top 100 systemic climate solutions. For this reason we teamed up with Maurits Groen to translate the book Drawdown and establish a Dutch Drawdown hub, in close collaboration with the global Drawdown network.

Kate Raworth provides our basic economic model: the doughnut. Her model of the Doughnut Economy integrates existing goals and indicators – the Sustainable Development Goals and the Planetary Boundaries – into a visual model. It is exactly the integrated, systemic thinking we need to find what Tim named ‘multi-potent solutions’: those solutions that not create other problems, but often solve many challenges at the same time. Seaweed farming, as an example, not only removes carbon but also creates food, reduces ocean acidification and has generally a positive effect on biodiversity.


Public Benefit Organisation

Climate Cleanup has the PBO (Public Benefit Organisation) status, in Dutch; ANBI status (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling).


We work in an open network with strategic partners.

EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Climate-KIC identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Recent success

Port of Amsterdam

With Port of Amsterdam we develop seaweed and algae value chains with the aim of removing carbon at large scale. The port company also participates in Drawdown. You are welcome to visit our office location, development and exhibition space (Prodock).

Contact us

All partners