Climeworks’ direct air capture plant Orca has achieved validation by DNV

Climeworks’ new large-scale direct air capture plant “Orca” has successfully achieved independent third-party validation from DNV, the global leader in quality and risk assurance. Permanent carbon dioxide removal is key to achieving global net zero climate targets and new, stringent carbon dioxide removal standards like this one are urgently needed.

Based in Iceland, Orca will take carbon dioxide removal to the next level by combining Climeworks’ direct air capture technology with rapid underground mineralization provided by its partner Carbfix. Orca, planned to be operational in 2021, will have a nominal capture capacity of 4000 tons of CO2 per year, which makes it the biggest climate-positive facility to date.

DNV was commissioned in 2020 by Climeworks to provide an independent third-party validation of the methodology of direct air capture as performed at its direct air capture plant “Orca”. The validation was performed in December 2020 on the basis of a detailed project design documentation and the methodology provided by Climeworks in line with ISO 14064-2. The review of the presented methodology, the project design documentation and the subsequent follow-up interviews have provided DNV with sufficient evidence to determine the fulfilment of the stated criteria.

Orca is the first project that has been successfully validated according to all the requirements listed in ISO 14064-2 and the Climeworks methodology itself. The purpose of the independently validated methodology is to enable the issuing of quantifiable removals of CO2 from ambient air based on a full value chain from direct air capture to permanent storage. The validated methodology covers the capture of CO2 from air and its preparation to be transported for the sole purpose of permanent geological storage. This represents the first third-party validation of a direct air capture project targeting permanent carbon dioxide removal. As such, it is an important milestone to recognize direct air capture technology as a high-quality option in the carbon dioxide removal market.

Christoph Gebald, co-CEO and co-founder of Climeworks, said:

“Besides scalability, permanence and measurability are key characteristics of our CO2 removal solution and we are excited to announce that DNV has validated Climeworks’ carbon dioxide removal.”

Tor Jensen, Vice President and Head of Section for Environmental Risk Management, DNV, Energy Systems, added:

DNV believes in the need for verified carbon dioxide removal and is proud to be providing its validation expertise to climate pioneers like Climeworks to stay at the forefront of climate action.”


Image credit: 03 Orca construction site, Credit Climeworks