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Microsoft Backs Direct Air Capture Player Climeworks

jeudi 28 janvier 2021, 22:30 , par Slashdot
Microsoft this morning disclosed investments in more climate-related companies as part of efforts to make good on its year-old pledge to become 'carbon negative' by 2030. From a report: One company the tech behemoth is staking is Climeworks, a firm looking to scale up deployment of direct air capture technology that removes CO2 already in the atmosphere. The size of the investment was not disclosed. Microsoft also revealed that it's a customer of the Swiss firm. 'Through Microsoft's purchase of negative emissions from Climeworks, we will permanently remove 1,400 metric tons of carbon,' Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's top environmental official, said in a blog post. It's part of a growing move by deep-pocketed companies and investors to back the fledgling direct air capture sector -- and pay them for carbon removal. The volumes currently being removed are a tiny drop in the bucket, but DAC could be among the technologies that eventually join the list of meaningful tools against warming. Another firm, Carbon Engineering, counts backers including Bill Gates, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum.
Climeworks' other investors and customers include e-commerce heavyweight Shopify.

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