Our CO2 Solutions

Carbon Direct has retained the world’s foremost carbon removal scientists who work cross-functionally across all our business lines. This scientific pedigree is critical to understand the true risks, opportunities, & limitations of various CO2 solutions & technologies.

Helping you understand the wide variety of carbon removal & utilization solutions.

There are many natural, engineered, and hybrid carbon removal solutions including: afforestation/reforestation, improved forest management, soil carbon, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, biochar, direct air capture, mineralization, blue carbon, peatland/wetland restoration, ocean alkalinity enhancement, and various pioneering technologies. We can provide a detailed overview of the carbon removal & utilization landscape, covering the science, technology readiness, current costs, forward cost curves, supply and demand, etc. We also use a comprehensive framework to evaluate these solutions according to the following criteria: scalability, risk, cost drivers, storage durability, commercial readiness, and policy/regulatory landscape.

You can read about this advisory service with our partners Shopify and Microsoft.

Constructing and facilitating custom solicitation processes that meet your specific needs and interests, and doing diligence on proposals to ensure you are getting valid, verifiable, and durable carbon removal.

Our team can support you at all stages of procurement for high-quality carbon removal projects. We structure a tailored solicitation so you can target the right sectors, leverage our network to capture the most promising new suppliers, and rigorously evaluate projects by our key principles for high-quality carbon removal: additionality and baselines, durability, leakage avoidance, carbon accounting, and ‘do no harm’.

We recently completed a similar project with our partner, Microsoft.

Facilitating your purchase of carbon removal today, tomorrow, and into the future as the landscape continues to evolve.

We help clients construct a custom portfolio tailored to specific needs and interests in order to achieve their carbon removal and reduction goals. Portfolio construction is informed by the solicitation process along with due diligence at both the project and developer levels. We can advise on contract terms and structuring, as well as provide portfolio performance monitoring to assess the actual impact of credit purchases. This entails ongoing analysis of projects through the vetting of data and written reports provided by suppliers (post-contract) in order to verify carbon removal outcomes, and may also include technical evaluation of any project operations, monitoring data, field visit reports, external auditing reports, and/or any other project documentation. We can also evaluate options for recourse in the event of portfolio underperformance.

Empowering you to understand the environmental impact that different technologies or projects actually deliver.

To avoid waste and maximize benefit to the environment, investors, and decision makers, life cycle assessments (LCAs) are needed to estimate the efficacy of CO​2 removal & utilization methods. However, it is difficult to review and compare LCAs across carbon removal & utilization verticals. In order to make an apples-to-apples comparison of the carbon removal potential across verticals and projects within each vertical, Carbon Direct has created a tool that allows you to calculate the total net removal, defined as the emissions that stem from conducting a project less the emissions that are removed from the atmosphere or oceans, as well as any associated emissions reduction benefits. By providing a full accounting of emissions across the life cycle of a project, this tool allows us to (1) do the carbon math, (2) define quality supply and estimate carbon impact.

Assisting you in the development of projects and/or partnerships by providing detailed analyses of technologies and value chains.

Our team conducts detailed company due diligence and deep technology vetting, including analyses of engineering components, integrated system performance and cost, supply chain readiness, risk, and scalability. Similarly, we evaluate key aspects of the business, including projects under development, potential applications, and corporate partnerships. We can also assess your company’s operations and unique assets to help inform new business opportunities in the carbon removal & utilization industry.

Informing your carbon removal strategies by providing a real-time and evolving picture of supply, demand, and viability of purchasing options.

How much carbon removal is available for purchase today and in the future? What is the quality of available supply? How much is available for each removal method? How much does it cost? These questions require analysis across and within verticals that could help inform costing benchmarks for carbon removal supply ($/tCO2 at present and forward cost curves). Considerations include voluntary/corporate and regulatory/government demand drivers, and how the current and future policy environment will impact where/how markets form.

 

Carbon removal is not a substitute for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The carbon math has made it clear that we need to do both.

While our core business is focused on the removal and durable storage of carbon, we also leverage our deep technical expertise to provide guidance on emissions avoidance. We work closely with our customers to help identify opportunities for carbon abatement throughout their supply chain and operations. We are actively thinking about how to mitigate emissions through partner technologies such as clean hydrogen production and carbon conversion to useful products such as fuels, chemicals, plastics, and building materials.

Allocating capital to build the carbon management value chain and increase supply.

The leading companies in the carbon management landscape need strategic capital to help them fulfill their enormous potential. We rely on our team’s scientific pedigree, commodities experience, and investment rigor to address the investment universe.

Our Advisory business gives us unparalleled insight into the industry’s dynamics, and supports the techno-economic analysis at the core of our investment process. We believe our fund is perfectly positioned to deploy capital into this growing space, and help clients do it in a way that suites their needs.

Introduction to Carbon Removal

Carbon removal approaches occupy a spectrum, from managed ecosystems to engineered solutions. To reach the stated goals of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and leading businesses, we must deploy a portfolio of methods over the coming decades. Carbon Direct has experts in all of these areas.

Afforestation/Reforestation

Planting trees in new areas where they did not previously exist or replanting trees where they once existed.

Blue Carbon

Restoring coastal ecosystems that constitute major carbon sinks such as mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.

Improved Forest Management (IFM)

Management techniques such as extending harvest rotations or protecting against pest and disease infestation.

Peatland & Wetland Restoration

Restoring peatlands and wetlands which store vast amounts of carbon through techniques such as rewetting.

Soil Carbon

Increasing organic and inorganic soil carbon through means such as cover crops or enhanced mineral weathering.

Biochar

Biomass heated in the absence of oxygen for use as a soil amendment that is highly resistant to decomposition.

Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS)

Harvesting biomass to produce electricity, heat, fuels, or bioproducts and capturing any attendant emissions.

Carbon Mineralization

Using certain rocks and minerals to react with CO2 and form carbonate minerals either on or below the land surface.

Direct Air Capture (DAC)

Machines with special chemicals that selectively bind CO2 and remove it from ambient air.

Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE)

Addition of alkaline sources such as lime to the oceans to convert dissolved CO2 into bicarbonate.