The inspiration for Climeworks goes back almost two decades. Our two co-founders Jan and Christoph met on their first day of university at ETH Zurich and quickly became friends. Besides their love for engineering they both share a passion for alpine sports and spent a lot of time in the Swiss Alps. Here, they experienced the effects of climate change first hand. Shocked by the retreat of the glaciers, they vowed to do everything they can to tackle climate change - one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.
Jan and Christoph committed themselves to creating a solution that empowers everyone to act. Being engineers at heart they focused on what they did best: develop a technology. During their PhDs, they researched how to capture carbon dioxide from the air, continued as entrepreneurs and founded Climeworks in 2009 as an ETH spin-off. Now, 10 years later, Climeworks is the world's leading direct air capture company and provides a solution that empowers everyone to be climate positive by removing carbon dioxide from the air.
Climeworks is in it for the long run. We want to become climate relevant and thus do our part in reversing climate change. By climate relevant we mean capturing billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air per year. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, humanity needs to remove around 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year by mid-century. We believe direct air capture can play a significant role in achieving this. And we need you to make this happen! Together, we can inspire 1 billion people to remove carbon dioxide from the air. Together, we can build a climate-positive future for generations to come. Let's act now!
The concept of the modular CO₂ collector and a working prototype were developed.
Climeworks commissioned the world's first commercial-scale direct air capture plant as well as the world's first carbon dioxide removal plant.
We are first and foremost all a group of people working with passion towards the same goal. We are proud to support. We act in an open, honest and humble way. The true value of Climeworks is its people and we want to preserve our unique culture.
We question the "why" thoroughly and we have to understand the "why". We follow our purpose without compromises in an enduring way. We are proactive and take ownership for action.
We strive to focus on the essential and to reduce complexity. We encourage everyone to follow unconventional paths and to challenge existing solutions. We are courageous and at the same time we understand that by exploring other possibilities we will make mistakes and practice learning from mistakes.
We are long-term oriented. We are committed to build products and structures which are designed to be infinitely scalable. Thus, we are striving for excellent communication and execution. We solve challenges with quality and structure.
We are convinced that technological development will enable people to be climate positive. We share our optimism and celebrate solutions which inspire and engage people to take action.