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Drax joins the Carbon Business Council

October 3, 2023
By Drax Group

Photo: Drax

Drax Group has joined the Carbon Business Council, an organization comprising more than 100 leading carbon management growth companies working to reverse climate change.

As a cornerstone member, Drax will work with the Carbon Business Council to accelerate the scaling of carbon removal technologies and build a network of leaders within the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) space. Drax aims to be a global leader in CDRs through the implementation of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology.

The Carbon Business Council (CO2BC) is a non-profit trade association of companies and organisations that have come together to responsibly restore the climate, and which now represent combined carbon management assets of more than $16.5 billion.

Drax’s expertise will assist the Carbon Business Council in developing CDR policy, building awareness of why carbon removals are an essential pillar of climate action, and fostering community within the CDR industry.


Ross McKenzie, group director of corporate affairs said, “Nearly all pathways to limit global warming to 1.5 C require carbon removals like those delivered by bioenergy with carbon capture and storage.

“At Drax, we want to become global leaders in carbon dioxide removals and are thrilled to be joining the Carbon Business Council as a Cornerstone member to further accelerate the development of the nascent CDR industry.”

In joining, Drax has signed the Ethical Oath to Restore the Earth, which calls for the responsible delivery of carbon removals, including the importance of removals working in tandem with emissions reductions.

Ben Rubin, the executive director and co-founder of the Carbon Business Council said, “From the printing press to penicillin, entrepreneurs have a history of approaching challenges with a problem-solving set of eyes. Because reversing climate change will require multiple solutions coming from both innovators and policymakers, it’s important to have market leaders like Drax at the policy table.”

Carbon removals are used by organizations to balance their hard-to-abate carbon emissions, achieve a net zero and, in some cases, a carbon negative status. Longer lasting and lower risk carbon credits, such as the types generated by carbon removals technologies, are increasing in demand as more organisations look to hit their decarbonization targets.

Drax hopes to invest billions over the coming years in global carbon removals and renewable energy projects, with the aim of capturing 14 million metric tonnes of carbon removals a year by 2030.

Scientists at the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have reached consensus that the world needs to remove and manage gigatons of carbon dioxide in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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