Plan

We are entrepreneurs and funders who have decided to draw 1500 gigaton COdown this century and restore the global carbon balance. We have an emerging plan which we call: Climate Cleanup.

Photo by Alex Iby

CO2 as a resource

To reverse climate change, two things must be done: stop emissions and remove CO; close the tap and mop it up. For us COremoval is not a problem, but a solution – working with nature we provide not only the means to remove the excess carbon, but also the resources for the bio-based circular economy. We love carbon, as we realise that it is the basic building block of everything that lives.

To reverse climate change we need to close the tap and mop.

Scale

The amount of COthat needs to be removed is enormous. Science learns us: about 1500 gigatons this century (Rockström et al (2017), National Academies (2015)). This is in weight comparable to a stack of elephants from here to the moon – and back. We only work with methods that have the potential to scale up substantially and have positive side effects.

Our CO2 removal challenge for this century.

Nature

Nature is great at fixing carbon. In the images below you see one year of carbon dioxide on our planet: in the fall the plants on the Northern hemisphere (the largest landmass) let go of their leaves and the concentration increases, in spring the carbon is taken up again as they grow. The earth breathes. We just did add a bit too much ourselves, year by year, and now must help nature to remove the excess and restore the balance. We learn from and strengthen nature to get that done.


The earth breathes. Source: Nasa.

Methods

Plants are actually great at capturing carbon. Trees grow themselves mainly from carbon they take right out of the air. Seaweeds are among the fastest growing plants on the planet. As rocks weather they store CO, and when we grind rocks into sand this works much faster. And there is more. But again, we have to look at scalable methods. And we have to decide where we store the captured CO.

Potential of the various methods. These are estimates based on a scenario model.
Sources: Flannery (2017), N’Yeurt (2012), Hawken (2017), others. 

Sinks

Sinking off seaweed is a simple form of storing carbon. More general, carbon sinks is the term used in climate science to describe a place where COis fixed. This can be for example in wood or in peatland. Some sinks keep the carbon longer than others. This is why we develop value chains that store carbon preferably in solid structures. Wooden buildings can do the job, land and soil can store a lot of carbon, but we can also turn COinto plastics and recycle this into building blocks or roads. This way everything we create becomes a carbon storage.

Mapping of one of our emerging value chains.

Value chains

So we start from the methods that have the potential to scale and add value. We create business ecosystems where value chains grow. Our Foundation nurtures our science based plan and curates who can join us. We arrange for funding and clear communication. If you want to invest, donate or join us, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Act now

Take part in our plan to draw 1500 gigaton CO2 out of the atmosphere this century and restore the global carbon balance. Please contact us if you can help to improve on our plan. Join or invest in Climate Cleanup business ecosystems, donate to support the foundation, and stay tuned.