Reducing carbon emissions is one of the core goals of our generation. Climate tech companies are constantly innovating in the space of carbon removal, offering solutions to address all the ways society emits dangerous greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
Cedar Carbon is one such example. The New-York based startup is on a mission to commercialize carbon removal technologies that possess a gigaton-scale impact potential. It has thought of addressing CO2 gasses at places that people don’t normally think about as an emissions point.
The startup officially announced its launch on June 8th. According to the CEO and founder Ryan McIntosh, Cedar Carbon is focused initially on urban use cases where it can make a meaningful impact.
The startup develops carbon capture technology that enables the capture of emissions in urban environments before they have a chance to enter the atmosphere. It’s described by its founders as proprietary, compact, and highly efficient. It can be installed on top of existing infrastructure and operations, and across different novel use cases.
As an example of a use case, the company shares the opportunity of the road tunnel ventilation systems where its technology can be used to capture vehicle emissions, close to their source, before being vented out to the atmosphere.
Road tunnels contain emissions concentrations and ventilation systems ensure adequate air quality. Some of the largest tunnels process hundreds of thousands of tons of CO2 per year through their ventilation systems. There are 35,000+ road tunnels globally, so according to Cedar Carbon, they represent a gigaton-scale CO2 drawdown opportunity annually.
The company’s technology can be applied to several related use cases where it can leverage existing infrastructure, operations and resources.
The world would need to remove large amounts of emissions at gigaton scale by 2050 and around 20 gigatons a year after 2050. To achieve such carbon removal capacity, innovations and development of existing carbon capture technologies are needed to make sure the threat of climate change is mitigated.