Boom Supersonic Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2025, Announces Agreement with Climeworks

Published on: 5 May 2022 05:13 PM
by KnowESG

Boom Supersonic, the company developing the world's fastest and most environmentally friendly supersonic aeroplane, announced a 10-year partnership with Climeworks, a leader in carbon dioxide removal by direct air capture (DAC). According to the deal, Climeworks will take a portion of Boom's remaining CO2 emissions from the environment and permanently store them underground, allowing Boom to achieve net-zero carbon by 2025.

The IPCC and the United Nations COP26 stressed the importance of pursuing carbon dioxide removal alongside severe reductions in existing emissions to reach the Paris Agreement climate targets.

DAC is a technique for removing CO2 from a highly scalable environment. On a global scale, DAC will be a critical component of achieving net-zero carbon. According to researchers, DAC has the potential to remove up to 310 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2100, allowing global warming to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

CO2 is absorbed directly from the atmosphere at Climeworks' direct air capture and storage plant "Orca" in Reykjavik, Iceland, and stored underground in basalt rock for millions of years using the Carbfix process. This method produces permanent carbon elimination. Because of its permanence, measurability, and scalability, Climeworks' DAC technology is considered one of the finest quality carbon removal systems available on the market.

Kathy Savitt, president and Chief Business Officer for Boom Supersonic, said:

"At Boom, our commitment to a sustainable future is driven by a deep belief that travel can and should be a net good. We are thrilled to collaborate with Climeworks, a pioneer in DAC technology, to help ensure that the supersonic future will be sustainable.”

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

"Climate change is a crucial challenge of our time, requiring innovative solutions and radical thinking. Humanity’s climate goals will only be met when innovation is applied to all sectors. We are excited to welcome Boom as our new long-term customer and help them address part of their residual emissions.”

This deal with Climeworks is the latest in a long line of achievements for Boom on its way to bringing supersonic flight to millions of people. The company's flagship supersonic airliner, Overture, will be designed to be carbon-neutral and capable of operating on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Boom is looking forward to collaborating with partners committed to achieving net-zero carbon operations at Overture. Boom was also the first plane manufacturer to sign the Amazon Climate Pledge in 2020, promising to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement by 2040.

Source: Boom Supersonic