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Shopify signs up to groundbreaking carbon dioxide removal service

Written by Thu 11 Mar 2021

Ecommerce company reserves 10,000 tonnes of carbon removal capacity from Carbon Engineering’s upcoming carbon removal facility

Ecommerce giant Shopify has become the first customer of a new service that allows companies to pay for the removal of carbon via a third party’s direct air capture technology (DAC).

The company will pay Carbon Engineering to remove 10,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere using a large-scale DAC facility CE is developing with 1PointFive that is expected to go live in the US in 2024.

A UK facility is also in the works with Blue Dot Energy, CE said.

“We’re on the brink of large-scale deployment of our technology and the next critical step is accumulating market interest and securing customers,” said CE CEO, Steve Oldham.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Shopify and welcome them as our first carbon removal customer, and we look forward to supporting others so we can collectively make large-scale carbon removal a reality.”

Direct Air Capture

DAC technology removes carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and buries it underground.

Unlike controversial carbon credits, this quantifiable process technically reverses carbon dioxide emissions and is being praised as a solution for hard-to-decarbonize industries and processes. Companies with a poor track record of CO2 emissions can also tap DAC companies to eradicate past emissions.

“DAC combined with permanent storage, through standalone sequestration, will play a critical role in reversing climate change,” said Stacy Kauk, Director of Shopify’s Sustainability Fund. “Shopify is on a mission to make commerce better for everyone, and to help make a low-carbon future a reality.

DAC technology could potentially allow sustainability efforts to go one step further by actively reducing total CO2 in the atmosphere, answering concerns that simple reducing net new CO2 emissions alone won’t be enough to counter the most severe impacts of climate change.

Though, the technology is in its infancy and companies like Microsoft have questioned where the operational cost makes it a feasible climate solution compared to alternatives such as planting trees or sustainable farming practices.


Written by Thu 11 Mar 2021


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