What do the following have in common? Cosmetics, aviation fuel, ski wax, synthetic fabrics, plastic packaging and laundry detergent. They all usually contain oil-based ingredients — but they can also be synthesized from carbon dioxide captured from industrial sources, such as steel manufacturing or gas-powered power plants.
Nature-based solutions and direct air capture may dominate the news in carbon removal, but carbon utilization — the use of captured CO2 to produce fuels and materials — has also been making steady progress. The innovators behind some of the biggest utilization partnerships offer an update on the state of play and share case studies demonstrating how to source products and ingredients made from captured carbon.