Europe has, as of late, become the site of robust environmental technological developments designed to reduce global waste and carbon emissions, from BIG’s waste-to-power plant in Copenhagen to a proposal for a mass timber neighborhood in Sweden. As of last Wednesday, it has also become the site of the latest advancement in carbon capture technology.
On an isolated patch of lava plateau in southwest Iceland, a climate-positive direct air capture plant capable of capturing roughly 4,000 tons of CO2 every year began operation, making it the world’s largest carbon capture facility. Running entirely on renewable energy sourced from a nearby geothermal power plant, it is also the biggest climate-positive
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