Co-Action carbon capture project opens new field plots

Yesterday, EIT Climate-KIC community member ‘Co-Action,’ a carbon capture project using the natural mineral olivine, opened its new field plots in the Netherlands.

In 2016, EIT Climate-KIC supported a project called ‘Natural minerals for sustainable operations’ by helping to build a consortia and by providing funding. The project explored the use of olivine to significantly (net) capture atmospheric CO2. Since then, the project was carried forward by Dr Jos Vink, Senior Specialist, Sediment and Water Quality, Deltares, and his team. The latest iteration has been running since last summer and is called ‘Co-Action.’

Olivine is one of the most common minerals on Earth, composing 60 to 80 per cent of its upper mantle. It reacts with CO2 to form carbonate minerals. The more surface area exposed to air, the faster carbon dioxide can be absorbed, therefore the olivine is crushed into small bits. One pound of olivine can absorb as much as one pound of carbon dioxide from the air.

Ground olivine is an excellent substitute for sand, for example, in infrastructural works and green areas. Over 853,000 tonnes of CO2 could potentially be captured in small-scale applications in Rotterdam civil construction projects. Scaling up to the national level could result in a capture comparable to annual freight traffic emissions. Previous studies have shown that dredging work can be carried out climate-neutrally using olivine. Additionally, the ‘waste’ product is acid-neutral and can be reused in agriculture. Other pilots show the application of olivine can be a substitute for lime and/or magnesium fertiliser in green and agricultural applications, resulting in added value.

‘Natural minerals for sustainable operations’ focused primarily removing bottlenecks that hamper large-scale applications of olivine. These bottlenecks are: 

  • The uncertainty of weathering rates of the mineral in various infrastructural works and green projects
  • Emissions risk of nickel trapped in the mineral

The weathering rate of olivine, and thus the effectiveness of CO2 sequestration, is determined by the grain size and environmental conditions. The release of nickel is directly related to this. Weathering rates of olivine had been quantified by some research groups, but had not yet been sufficiently field-validated at the time of the initial project.

CO2 capture by olivine needs to be quantified in a substantiated way in order to be coherent with emissions reduction targets. Priority can be given to projects where benefits can be combined, such as replacing conventional building materials (sand, gravel) or fertilisers (lime, magnesium), combating acidification and making dredged material reusable. 

‘Natural minerals for sustainable operations’ is just one of the many land-use innovation projects EIT Climate-KIC has contributed to over the past ten years. During a recent Climathon, EIT Climate-KIC’s global hackathon for climate change solutions, the team ‘Deep Demo Puertos,’ whose challenge was to help the Port of Valencia achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, proposed using olivine to capture CO2 and regenerate beaches near the port. The team is made up of Adrián Mota, Anna Tolosa, Guillem Gil, Javi González, Susana Galera and Lola Bordás, who also participated in the 2019 edition of EIT Climate-KIC’s Pioneers Into Practice programme.

Recently, EIT Climate-KIC made the pivot from single-point innovations towards whole systems change in land use, cities, industry and finance. But, no organisation or country can change these systems on its own—changing everything requires ambitious, interdisciplinary collaboration. That’s why EIT Climate-KIC is bringing together its global community of knowledge institutes, policymakers, large and small organisations, start-ups and students to work on innovative solutions.

EIT Climate-KIC’s systems change approach is embodied in its Deep Demonstrations, which launched in 2019. These are living labs where the above-mentioned parties work together to come up with new insights, devise solutions and implement them jointly. The Deep Demonstration ‘Landscapes as Carbon Sinks‘ is one of the eight living labs. Just like how olivine is used, it focuses on leveraging similar nature-based solutions—such as afforestation and reforestation—for carbon sequestration. It also aims to maximise the impact of sustainable forest management, strengthen the effectiveness of farm-to-fork circuits and enhance the implementation of agroecology practices.

Contact landscapes@climate-kic.org to get involved.

 
Location
Related Focus Area
Sustainable Land Use
Related Goal
Goal 4: Make agriculture climate-smart
Articles you may be interested in
Opinion
Going beyond investments in single-point solutions, an Opinion by Kirsten Dunlop
Kirsten Dunlop CEO, EIT Climate-KIC
Going beyond investments in single-point solutions, an Opinion by Kirsten Dunlop
In The News
The climate emergency demands bold policy innovations – can cities d...

While the challenges of climate change and a global...

The climate emergency demands bold policy innovations – can cities deliver? 
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC joins circular economy side event at UN High Level Political F...

“Bold leaders are needed to drive a collaborative approach...

EIT Climate-KIC joins circular economy side event at UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC and Silesian Metropolis join forces to transform Europe’s la...

EIT Climate-KIC and the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia...

EIT Climate-KIC and Silesian Metropolis join forces to transform Europe’s largest coal region in the face of the climate crisis
In The News
Anders Wijkman represents EIT Climate-KIC at the International Society for the...

Speaking online at the inaugural Conference of IS4CE—the International...

Anders Wijkman represents EIT Climate-KIC at the International Society for the Circular Economy Conference
In The News
Vienna’s journey to carbon neutrality

EIT Climate-KIC is working with the city of Vienna...

Vienna’s journey to carbon neutrality
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC receives €8.4 million for innovation projects that stimulate...

Eleven climate innovation projects across Europe tackling COVID-19 related...

EIT Climate-KIC receives €8.4 million for innovation projects that stimulate job creation and support a post COVID-19 green recovery
In The News
CEO Kirsten Dunlop represents EIT Climate-KIC at Climate Policy Forum

On 25 June, EIT Climate-KIC attended the Climate Policy...

CEO Kirsten Dunlop represents EIT Climate-KIC at Climate Policy Forum
In Detail
A net zero future offers significant opportunities for the European economy,...

EIT Climate-KIC’s views on the EU 2030 Climate Target Plan.  The recent announcements from the European Commission on the EU Recovery Plan from the...

A net zero future offers significant opportunities for the European economy, society and citizens
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported LOOP-Ports project wins prestigious sustainability a...

The LOOP-Ports project, led by the Fundación Valenciaport  and funded by EIT Climate-KIC,...

EIT Climate-KIC supported LOOP-Ports project wins prestigious sustainability award
In The News
EIT Climate KIC joins roundtable as Republic of Korea moves Green Deal forward

On 24 June, EIT Climate-KIC attended the 7th Green...

EIT Climate KIC joins roundtable as Republic of Korea moves Green Deal forward
In our community
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Manufacturing expert insights
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Manufacturing expert insights
Opinion
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Cliona Howie Del Rio about systems thinking
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Cliona Howie Del Rio about systems thinking
In Detail
Citizen activation is essential for Europe to meet its climate ambition

EIT Climate-KIC provides ideas for action under the European Climate Pact. The debate on how to achieve ambitious climate targets is often dominated by...

Citizen activation is essential for Europe to meet its climate ambition
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC shines at the GLF Bonn Digital Conference, the year’s la...

EIT Climate-KIC’s Director of Sustainable Land Use and member...

EIT Climate-KIC shines at the GLF Bonn Digital Conference, the year’s largest global digital conference on the environment
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Climeworks raises over €67 million to expand its c...

Climeworks, the world leader in capturing CO2 from air,...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Climeworks raises over €67 million to expand its carbon dioxide removal capacities
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Zeleros raises €7 million for the development of h...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Zeleros Hyperloop has completed a financing...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Zeleros raises €7 million for the development of hyperloop in Europe
In our community
A just transformation for Rugeley, as the power station comes down
A just transformation for Rugeley, as the power station comes down
In Detail
Challenging paradigms as the gateway to innovation: New IIPP report for EIT ...

EIT Climate-KIC partner the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), which works on changing how public value is imagined, practiced and evaluated...

Challenging paradigms as the gateway to innovation: New IIPP report for EIT Climate-KIC’s Landscapes as Carbon Sinks Deep Demonstration
In our community
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Raw materials expert insights
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Raw materials expert insights
In Detail
Challenge-led system mapping: A knowledge management approach

The challenge-led system mapping approach responds to the need to improve the practitioner’s capacity to move towards system change by providing mechanisms by which...

Challenge-led system mapping: A knowledge management approach
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC is restructuring to deliver systems transformation for climate...

EIT Climate-KIC is restructuring to provide “systems transformation as...

EIT Climate-KIC is restructuring to deliver systems transformation for climate change
In our community
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Food expert insights
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Food expert insights
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC and partners reassess our values in the ‘new normal’

EIT Climate-KIC, together with Edgeryders, ETH Zurich and IOTA,...

EIT Climate-KIC and partners reassess our values in the ‘new normal’
In our community
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Climate expert insights
Water scarcity in Southern Europe: Climate expert insights
Opinion
Who’s doing what: A news round-up of selected COVID-19 responses and recovery plans
Felicity Spors Head of International Affairs, EIT Climate-KIC
Who’s doing what: A news round-up of selected COVID-19 responses and recovery plans
In Detail
Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for global sustainable finance: An int...

The UN Environment convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) recently published a working paper, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, on the implications of the COVID-19...

Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for global sustainable finance: An internal framework for response strategies
In Detail
A cartoonathon: Using humour to drive insights

Last week, in an event supported by EIT Climate-KIC, over 150 participants from more than 60 countries took part in a virtual ‘cartoonathon’ to...

A cartoonathon: Using humour to drive insights
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC launches Call for Proposals to support post-COVID-19 green rec...

EIT Climate-KIC’s ‘Extraordinary Post COVID-19 Regeneration Call 2020’ will...

EIT Climate-KIC launches Call for Proposals to support post-COVID-19 green recovery
Opinion
COVID-19 responses and recovery plans—the good news and the bad news
Felicity Spors Head of International Affairs, EIT Climate-KIC
COVID-19 responses and recovery plans—the good news and the bad news