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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Iceland 2019

Submitted by: Climeworks
The world’s first carbon negative plant

Climeworks captures CO2 directly from the air with the world’s first commercial carbon dioxide removal technology. Its direct air capture plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere, allowing customers to reverse their emissions and realize their climate goals. The first carbon negative plant was put into operation in Iceland in October 2017. Climeworks and Reykjavik Energy have partnered to combine direct air capture (DAC) with the permanent geological storage of CO2 for the first time.

Initial situation
Climate change is driven by human activities such as burning fossil fuels, which release CO2 into the air, in turn driving global warming. In order to reduce the impact of climate change on our planet, the 2016 Paris Agreement aims to keep the global average temperature rise to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Although significant strides have been made in renewable energy and efficiency, this is not enough to meet the critical 2°C target. Climate experts agree that additional CO2 removal from the atmosphere is required, as demonstrated in the recently released IPCC Special Report.

In 2012, Climeworks succeeded in scaling up its technology from lab-scale, capturing milligrams of CO2 per year, to a demonstration-scale of one ton of CO2 per year. Between 2013 and 2014, the first modular CO2 Collector was designed and constructed. These Collectors are the core of each Climeworks DAC plant. The modularity of the Climeworks Collectors has several advantages, such as the reduction of operating costs and the ability to flexibly scale-up any plant.

In this project, direct air capture was combined with safe and permanent geological storage for the world’s first time. This type of solution is a crucial component in efforts to achieve global warming targets. The CarbFix2 project is thus a major step forward for DACS technology. It was proven that CO2 can be permanently turned into rock within two years, by imitating natural processes. This solution is independent of the location of emissions and is therefore distinct from point source capture.

Capital: Reykjavík
Official language: Icelandic
Total area: 103.001 km²
Population: 318.452
GDP/Capita/Year: $39.025
Source: Wikipedia 2012