Carbon Capture Vs. Carbon Removal

What's the difference between Carbon Removal & Carbon Capture? Nicole Kelner lays it out for us in this week’s 1-Minute Climate Snippet.

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Carbon capture and carbon removal are often used interchangeably. They both help eradicate carbon in the air, however, they are very different in both premise and execution.

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Using Nicole Kelner’s art as a reference point, we can see that carbon removal “sucks” existing Co2 from the air rather than preventing it. While carbon capture, on the other hand, “scrubs” Co2 from the source.

While both are effective in different ways, carbon removal is used for targeting existing emissions and carbon capture lowers the initial carbon footprint of traditional carbon-intensive industries.

Some carbon removal companies that are moving the needle are Climeworks, Carbon Engineering, Noya, and Heirloom Carbon.

Examples of leading carbon capture companies are Remora Carbon, Carbfix, and Carbon Capture.

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