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Front. Clim. | doi: 10.3389/fclim.2019.00010

The role of Direct Air Capture in mitigation of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions

 Christoph Beuttler1*, Jan Wurzbacher1 and  Louise Charles1
  • 1Climeworks AG, Switzerland

In recent years Direct Air Capture (DAC) has established itself as one promising approache to Atmospheric Carbon dioxide Removal (CDR) also referred to as Negative Emissions. However due to the amounts likely needed to be removed CDR Technologies (CDRTs) like DAC will only become climate relevant if they reach gigaton scale fast, around the middle of this century. The paper will give a brief insight into DAC and in particular, the modular low temperature DAC technology developed by Climeworks of Switzerland. It will discuss potential co benefits, in particular in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and conclude by suggesting some policy approaches on how a climate relevant scale could be achieved in time.

Keywords: Climate Change, CDR, NET, PTX, DAC

Received: 01 May 2019; Accepted: 25 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Beuttler, Wurzbacher and Charles. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mr. Christoph Beuttler, Climeworks AG, Zurich, Switzerland, chb@climeworks.com