Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-CEO of Climeworks and Swiss CEO Dieter Vranckx with members of the Swiss crew at Zurich Airport in February 2024. Image provided by Swiss

Swiss and Climeworks agree partnership for climate protection

08 March 2024 10:37

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Kloten/Zurich - Swiss and the Lufthansa Group have agreed a partnership with Climeworks. The direct air capture start-up has developed an innovative technology for removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. With this initiative, the airlines hope to achieve their net zero ambitions.

Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) from the canton of Zurich and the Lufthansa Group have agreed a long-term contract with Climeworks. As detailed in a press release, these will be the first two airlines to use the innovative technology developed by the Zurich-based environmental specialists. Climeworks, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), has developed an advanced solution for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on the basis of direct air capture (DAC) technology.

The parties involved in the contract have concluded an agreement until 2030, which includes the prospect of further progress in terms of environmental goals. With this partnership, Swiss is also keen to promote the area of innovative technologies in Switzerland, according to the press release.

“We are very proud to be the first airline in the world to collaborate with Climeworks and make this substantial contribution to the scaling up of a technology that should help take the airline sector a long way towards achieving its net-zero objective”, comments Swiss Chief Executive Officer Dieter Vranckx in the press release, before adding: “Sustainability is both a growing issue among our customers and a cornerstone of our corporate strategy. And alongside our other extensive actions to reduce our CO2 emissions, we are now demonstrating our further commitment to the sustainability cause by becoming the first airline to team up with Climeworks and thereby highlight the key importance of its direct air capture technology to the air transport sector”.

“We are delighted to have secured Swiss and the Lufthansa Group as our first partners from the aviation sector for our direct air capture technology”, explains Jan Huckfeldt, Chief Commercial Officer at Climeworks, in the press release. “Their interest and involvement confirm the demand within the airline industry for quality long-term solutions to eliminate CO2”, he concludes. ce/ww

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