Inside the Facility Sucking CO2 Out of the Air and Selling It to Coca-Cola

Lisa Johnston
Lisa Johnston profile picture

The Wall Street Journal went inside the Climeworks facility that’s sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and selling the emissions to Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola HBC Switzerland, a franchised bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, has been purchasing the CO2 emissions from Climeworks for use in its Valser sparkling water brand for several years. While the captured carbon is more expensive than its commercial counterpart, the beverage company views it as one way to reduce its environment impact.  

Captured within a massive facility in Switzerland, the vacuum cleaner-like technology is part of the carbon-capture industry being invested in by such companies as Microsoft and Audi. Climeworks is also preparing to open a new direct air capture and storage plant in Iceland this month.

[See also: Green Gold: AB InBev’s Barley Leftovers Unlocking Innovation]

The recycled carbon dioxide may also someday be used to develop other products, according to the Wall Street Journal report, with Coca-Cola exploring it for additional use in its own brands.  

Watch the video to learn more and see how it works. 

More On Sustainability