Technology that reverses climate change receives global award

World Economic Forum recognises Climeworks - one of the world’s leading direct air capture companies

Climeworks, one of the world’s leading direct air capture companies that empowers businesses and people alike to take climate action, has been selected, among hundreds of candidates, as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Climeworks provides a solution to permanently remove carbon dioxide from the air, thereby enabling a climate-positive world.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. The Technology Pioneers community is an integral part of the larger Global Innovators community of start-ups at the World Economic Forum.

Following its selection as a Technology Pioneer, co-founders and co-CEOs Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher have been invited to participate in World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Climeworks will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the World Economic Forum’s global agenda.

“We’re excited to welcome Climeworks to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. Climeworks and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting-edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.”

“We are proud to join the pioneers chosen by the World Economic Forum. Our technology helps reverse climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air permanently. Recognition for this from the World Economic Forum is a great honor and will help us reach our goal of inspiring 1 billion people to remove carbon dioxide from the air.” said Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-CEO of Climeworks.

This year’s cohort selection marks the 20th anniversary of the Tech Pioneers community. Throughout its 20-year run, many Technology Pioneers have continuously contributed to advancement in their industries while some have even gone on to become household names. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

2020 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as over 25% of 2020 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

Climeworks founders Jan Wurzbacher & Christoph Gebald