The new large-scale direct air capture (DAC) plant, Orca, has announced its successful third-party validation from global quality and risk assurance company, DNV.

A Climeworks project, the Iceland-based Orca plant combines Climeworks’ DAC technology with rapid underground mineralisation and storage provided by partner, Carbfix.

With the achievement of global net zero climate targets becoming an international imperative, new methods of carbon capture technology and improvements upon current technology are constantly being developed.

The Orca project is now one step closer to its net zero goal with its successful validation according to all the requirements listed in ISO 14064-2 and the Climeworks methodology itself.

About the successful validation, Christoph Gebald, co-CEO and co-founder of Climeworks, said, “Besides scalability, permanence and measurability are key characteristics of our CO2 removal solution and we are excited to announce that DNV has validated Climeworks’ carbon dioxide removal.”

Independetly validation methodology allows for the issuing of quantifiable removals of CO2 from ambient air based on a full value chain from DAC to permanent storage.

Tor Jensen, Vice President and Head of Section for Environmental Risk Management, DNV, Energy Systems, said, “DNV believes in the need for verified carbon dioxide removal and is proud to be providing its validation expertise to climate pioneers like Climeworks to stay at the forefront of climate action.”

An important milestone in the evolution of DAC, this represents the first third-party validation of a DAC project targeting permanent CO2 removal.