UK-Omani firm which turns CO2 to rock wins Earthshot prize


A scientist from the University of Southampton has played a key role in helping a UK-Omani company, which eliminates carbon dioxide (CO2) by turning it into rock, being named as the winner of the 2022 Earthshot prize in the Fix our Climate category.

Juerg Matter is a professor of Geoengineering and Carbon Management at the University of Southampton and sits on the scientific committee of winning company 44.01, which gets its name from the molecular mass of CO2.

Prince William, who founded the Earthshot Prize with the Royal Foundation in 2020, announced this year’s winners at a ceremony in Boston in the US (2 December 2022). Each winner will receive £1m.

The prize is judged by an international council which includes leaders from the fields of business, philanthropy, science and entertainment. The panel looks for tested, scalable solutions that can help repair the climate and prevent further harm.

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