VEC BLOG

Find news and updates on VEC here, as well as other interesting news items around GHG-removal.

  1. Friday, November 11, 2016 Climeworks presents CO2 capture from air at COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions conference

    At COP22 (Marrakech, November 7th to 16th) the Swiss Direct Air  Capture developers and Earth Challenge finalists Climeworks is chosen as one of 20 startups presenting their technologies at the “Low-Emissions Solutions conference”. During the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, a “large-scale technical-solutions conference” is taking place for senior delegates by UNFCCC and experts of […]

  2. Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Dr. Jim Hansen steps down as VEC Judge, continues focus on own climate change work

    Dr James Hansen has stepped down as judge of the Virgin Earth Challenge (VEC). He continues to focus on other commitments in the climate change arena, including on-going research and advocacy. Dr Hansen joined as a judge of the VEC in 2007 whilst serving as the Head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. […]

  3. Monday, November 9, 2015 Climeworks build the world’s first ever commercial scale CO2 capture plant

    Last month, Climeworks, the Swiss direct air capture (DAC) company and Earth Challenge finalist, announced their plans to construct and operate the world’s first ever commercial scale CO2 capture plant. The plant will be located in Hinwil, Canton of Zurich in Switzerland and is expected to be operational from mid-2016. The plant is a collaborative […]

  4. Wednesday, November 4, 2015 The implications of demonstrating the economic removal of carbon dioxide from air

    By Christophe Jospe I had the pleasure of attending Carbon Engineering’s pilot plant opening on Friday, October 9 in Squamish, British Columbia. Founded in 2009, Carbon Engineering is one of the pioneering companies that is seeking to disrupt the status quo by sourcing carbon dioxide (CO2) from air. For me, the opening was grounded in […]

  5. Thursday, August 6, 2015 Can’t we just remove carbon dioxide from the air to fix climate change? Not yet

    John Shepherd, University of Southampton If we have put too much CO2 into the air, wouldn’t it make sense to find ways to remove it again? Well, yes: it would. But sadly it isn’t likely to be easy or cheap and, according to new research, it isn’t an adequate “solution” to the problems of climate […]

  6. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Carbon Removal Research – Opportunities for Action

    Seeding research funding into carbon removal options now will pay dividends in the coming decades: Photo credit: Jamie McCaffrey / Foter / CC BY By Guy Lomax and Peju Adeosun Last month, we published a Commentary in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, co-authored with Professor Tim Lenton and Dr. Mark Workman, calling on policymakers […]

  7. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Carbon Engineering Breaks Ground on New Pilot Demonstration Plant

    The CE team is excited to have broken ground on our new pilot demonstration project this past month in Squamish, BC. For the past year, we’ve been working diligently on financing and engineering our most ambitious hardware demonstration project yet. We are now entering the construction phase of our full end-to-end demonstration plant. Images courtesy […]

  8. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 What “net-zero” emission targets means for the carbon removal field

    The Carbon Brief recently published a fantastic article explaining the implications of “net zero” climate targets in the context of international climate negotiations. The Carbon Brief article does a great job of highlighting the fact that “negative emission technologies” – or carbon dioxide removal (“CDR”) approaches are critical for enabling the global economy to achieve […]

  9. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Carbon removal: Where will all the carbon go?

    It is becoming increasingly likely that our society will need to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere in order to avoid dangerous climate change. The question then becomes: how are we going to store all of this CO2 that we remove from the atmosphere? The main approaches for carbon sequestration today fall into two buckets: geologic and biologic. Geologic sequestration involves […]

  10. Monday, December 15, 2014 Exploring the promise of restoring ecosystems to reverse global warming

    by Adam D. Sacks |Executive Director | Biodiversity for a Livable Climate On November 21-23, 2014 at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (Bio4Climate) presented its ground-breaking (no pun intended) conference, Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming. Building upon the improvements and tolerances found within ‘conventional’ mitigation and adaptation, it […]