Daily Echo: 44.01 wins award in Fix our Climate category at second annual Earthshot Awards
Unlike carbon “storage,” which involves burying CO2 underground in oil wells or disused aquifers, mineralization removes CO2 forever.
Born in Bern, Switzerland, Professor Matter completed his PhD at ETH Zurich before moving to the US.
He moved to the UK nine years ago from New York City, where he worked at Columbia University.
Professor Matter has settled in Winchester with his family and his work with his team of 10 at the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Sciences involves developing new methods to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and remove it through enhanced weathering and mineralization.
He said: “We are delighted to have been recognized by the Earthshot Award. Winning is recognition of my research over the last 15 years and the hard and impactful work we are doing at 44.01 to implement our solution to tackle climate change.
“Removing CO2 from the atmosphere will be critical if we are to avoid the most disastrous effects of climate change, and we believe that peridotite mineralization can provide a permanent, safe and cost-effective means of removing CO2 once it has been captured. Thank you all who have supported us so far, and we look forward to working with Earthshot to scale our technology internationally.”
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44.01 aims to mineralize one billion tons of CO2 by 2040.
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