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Puro launches world’s first marketplace for carbon dioxide removals

Introducing Puro – the world’s first marketplace to kick-start carbon dioxide (CO2) removal from the atmosphere. An internal startup at Finland-headed energy major Fortum Oyj, Puro is a shared experiment pilot joined by a group of 23 pioneering companies that aims to find a way to verify, compare and trade CO2 removals through an open, online platform.

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Puro is an internal startup at Finland-headed energy major Fortum Oyj. This shared experiment pilot joined by a group of 23 pioneering companies aims to find a way to verify, compare and trade carbon dioxide (CO2) removals.

According to a statement, the companies joining the experiment across industry boundaries are Fortum, Tieto, Valio, St1, ÅF Pöyry, Compensate Foundation, Carbofex, Yara Suomi Oy, Lassila & Tikanoja, SOK, Orbix, Nordic Offset, Hedman Partners, South Pole, and SEB.

To stop global warming, it is not enough to limit emissions; measures are also needed to remove carbon dioxide from the air. This is an exciting initiative to create economic drivers to accelerate the development, said Joachim Alpen, co-head of SEB’s Large Corporates & Financial Institutions division.

In order to mitigate climate change, humanity must both radically reduce emissions and balance the carbon dioxide (CO2) going to and from the atmosphere. Currently, less than 50 percent of the CO2 emitted annually is absorbed naturally, so it’s vital to accelerate the development of CO2 removal.

There are many underutilized and underdeveloped methods that lack revenue for the CO2 removal that they provide.

We are less than ten years away from reaching the level of accumulated emissions, after which it will be impossible to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 °C. It struck us in Fortum that still in 2019 many of the available CO2 removal methods are excluded from existing carbon pricing schemes, and that inspired us to establish a parallel voluntary mechanism, explained Marianne Tikkanen, Innovation Manager at Fortum.

Puro is developing new verification methodologies for CO2 removal. Science-based quantification of different CO2 removal methods is the foundation for credible CO2 removal certificates.

Initially, Puro will offer certificates from three long-term CO2 removal methods at an industrial scale: CO2 fixated in carbonated building elements, wooden building elements and in biochar. As quantification and verification methodologies are developed further, new removal methods may be added to the marketplace.

There are companies that have viable methods to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and there are climate-progressive businesses who want to do more. We’re happy in Fortum to bring these companies together with Puro, said Arun Aggarwal, SVP, Business Technology at Fortum.

Puro will hold the first auctions where CO2 Removal Certificates (CORC) will be traded in May and June. Puro auctions are open to all companies wanting to provide CO2 removal or to explore CORC as a solution to meet their voluntary climate objectives.

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