The latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once again emphasise the role of Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) in offsetting the remaining emissions that remain after the implementation of comprehensive and ambitious emission reductions. Negative emissions technologies (NETs) remove the greenhouse gas CO2 from the earth’s atmosphere and store it permanently, e.g. in underground cavities or in the form of biochar in the soil.
In order to achieve the Paris climate target, we need technical solutions for negative emissions that can be implemented quickly and are scalable on a large scale, but which require more time. atmosfair is therefore active in both fields. Firstly, with biochar, where we are already in the middle of project realisation. Storing carbon in the form of biochar is a reliable measure that is available in relevant quantities in the short term, which is already delivering negative emissions and also benefits many other environmental and development goals. In the medium to long term, however, we see a need for the use of technological solutions that do not rely on biomass. This is because biomass is becoming an increasingly important raw material in a world without fossil fuels, e.g. for the chemical industry, and is therefore becoming scarce. It is therefore important that we drive forward technical solutions now by extracting carbon from the air and utilising it in industrial processes so that it is available in sufficient quantities later on. This is why we are involved in project development for direct air capture.