Virgin announces Direct Air Capture collaboration

Virgin Atlantic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with de-carbonisation specialist Storegga as part of a bid to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 

Under the terms of the MOU, Virgin will purchase permanent, verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through Storegga’s yet to be built UK Direct Air Capture (DAC) facility.  

 Storegga, along with its Vancouver-based technical partner Carbon Engineering, will offset emissions by capturing current and historical CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in offshore reservoirs, where the CO2 is injected deep underground.    

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The carbon capture partners have commenced preliminary engineering and design of the proposed UK facility, to be based in northeast Scotland, and aim to permanently remove one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually when the facility begins operations in 2026.   

 Juha Jarvinen, CCO at Virgin Atlantic, said: “Innovation and sustainability leadership is firmly in our DNA and we’re excited to be the first in the aviation industry to partner with Storegga to progress the development of [DAC] solutions in the UK. Reducing Virgin Atlantic’s carbon footprint is our number one climate action priority and the removal of CO2 directly from the atmosphere has the potential to become a powerful tool in reaching our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.” 

  Nick Cooper, CEO of Storegga, added: “We are really pleased to welcome Virgin Atlantic as an early DAC customer. It is excellent that Virgin has chosen to embrace DAC as an offsetting solution and to support our facility in northeast Scotland; Europe’s first at scale deployment of DAC. The need for high quality, permanent, engineered offsetting is clear. To reach our net zero goals and prevent significant temperature rises, we need to utilise all the tools available to us.”