The Global CO2 Initiative is developing and commercializing the $1 trillion market for CO2 products. CO2 products use recycled CO2 as a key ingredient.

We do this by awarding R&D funding to innovative technologies, investing in commercial-stage companies and accelerating the adoption of CO2 products.

The Challenge

Climate change is one of the most complex challenges of our time. Left unaddressed, it will continue to cross geographic, social, and financial barriers – altering ecosystems and fundamentally changing life as we know it.

Global CO2 emissions continue to accelerate, currently averaging 35.9 gigatons per year - the mass equivalent of 1.2 billion garbage trucks. The global community is beginning to understand the seriousness of this situation, and it is clear we must take decisive action.


This is a problem for generations

The rising concentration of atmospheric CO2 creates a generational problem as CO2 persists in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. If left unchecked, ever-increasing CO2 concentration, already at its highest level in almost a million years, is predicted to result in a global temperature increase of 4 to 6 degrees celsius by 2100, with adverse consequences.

The Problem

Our Approach

Addressing the rise in global CO2 involves four approaches: adapting to the impacts of climate change, decarbonizing by increasing energy efficiency and clean energy production, carbon capture and storage, and carbon capture and use.

The Global CO2 Initiative is focused on carbon capture and use, an innovative approach that will transform CO2 into useful products. Carbon capture and use will reduce CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere while creating a new market for CO2 based products.

Innovation and Commercialization

The Global CO2 Initiative funds the development and commercialization of technologies to create CO2 based products. To accomplish this, the Global CO2 Initiative is composed of two platforms.

CO2 Sciences is the Global CO2 Initiative’s nonprofit platform that funds research and development in carbon capture and utilization. Using philanthropic contributions, our team identifies technologies and uses a robust assessment toolkit to vet and fund the most promising research.

The Global CO2 Initiative’s for-profit platform makes investments in companies that are using CO2 to make products for commercial and consumer markets. Such investments accelerate the widespread adoption of CO2 based products for broad climate benefit. Using this platform, we make impactful investments that have a meaningful climate benefit and yield financial returns.

Transforming CO2

We’ve been studying ways to reuse CO2 and measuring the size of the market for CO2 based products. The good news: it’s huge. Carbon capture and use can reduce global CO2 emissions by 10% by 2030 and stimulate a $1 trillion annual market for at least 25 CO2 based products. By catalyzing carbon capture and use, our goal is to transform a liability into an asset with long-term benefit to our climate.

CO2: There are many, many uses

From fuels to materials, chemicals, plastics, agriculture and food, captured CO2 can be used to make at least 25 products.

About Us

The Global CO2 Initiative (GCI) was created to develop and commercialize the trillion dollar CO2 products industry. These products use recycled CO2 as a key ingredient; examples include cement, aggregates, chemicals, polymers and carbon fiber. The Initiative coordinates with international partners focused on a common mission to deploy and scale CO2 products across multiple sectors.

CO2 Sciences, the non-profit arm of the GCI, will award R&D funding to qualified research applicants creating innovative technologies. The GCI commercialization arm will work in parallel to accelerate the market for CO2 products by investing in commercial-stage companies.


CO2 Sciences

CO2 Sciences is the Global CO2 Initiative’s research and development platform designed to aggressively catalyze innovative research in carbon capture and reuse.

In order to achieve these ambitious goals, we have brought together a multidisciplinary group of the world’s leading scientists and business leaders.

Board of Directors and Management

Bernard J. David
Chairman, CO2 Sciences
David Douglas
Applied Invention
Thomas E. Lovejoy
United Nations Foundation
Louisa G. Ritter
Pisces, Inc.
Thomas Sheldon
CFO, CO2 Sciences
Timothy A. A. Stiles
Partner, KPMG LLP
Dr. Ellen Williams
Professor, University of Maryland

Global Advisory Board

Dr. Harry A. Atwater, Jr.
California Institute of Technology
Dr. Gordon Brown
Stanford University
Vicky Bullivant
Tate and Lyle
Dr. Rita R. Colwell
CosmosID; Director, U.S. National Science Foundation (Retired)
Dr. Steven Chu
Stanford University; U.S. Secretary of Energy (Retired)
Dr. Yi Cui
Stanford University
Mark Fulton
Energy Transition Advisors
Dr. Clifford Kubiak
University of California San Diego
Dr. Shirley M. Malcom
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Dan Martin
MacArthur Foundation, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Conservation International (retired)
Fred C. Mason
Caterpillar (Retired)
Dr. F. Blaine Metting
PNNL (Retired)
Jeremy Oppenheim
Dr. Donald Paul
University of Southern California
Dr. Harold Schmitz
Mars, Inc.
Dr. Greg Stephanopoulos
Dr. Gerald Stokes
Battelle Memorial Institute (Retired)
Dr. Richard Stuckey
Citigroup (Retired)
Dr. Peter Styring
The University of Sheffield


November 1, 2017

Op-ed: Canada has what it takes to lead in CO2 conversion

CO2 Sciences CEO Dr. Issam Dairanieh discusses why Canada is well positioned to be a world leader in CO2 conversion in the Montreal Gazette.

November 1, 2017

Michigan Daily: Entrepreneur talks monetizing carbon dioxide

Bernard David, chairman of the Global CO2 Initiative, presents at the Graham Sustainability Institute's event, "Transforming CO2 from a Liability into an Asset"

October 2, 2017

KPMG Partner Joins CO2 Sciences Board

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — This week, CO2 Sciences announced the addition of Timothy Stiles, Global Chair of KPMG’s International Development Assistance Practice, to its Board of Directors.

June 19, 2017

JWN Energy: Canadian companies on the road to carbon riches

by Darrell Stonehouse, JWN Energy.

Global initiative hopes to cool the planet by capturing carbon emissions and turning them into viable products. Canadians on the leading edge of technology revolution.

June 15, 2017

CBC News Interview: Global Petroleum Show keynote speaker Issam Dairanieh

by Doug Dirks, CBC News Calgary.

CBC News Calgary's Doug Dirks interviews Global CO2 Initiative CEO Dr. Issam Dairanieh about CO2 based products on the eve of his keynote at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta.

April 18, 2017

Webinar: Our Roadmap for CO2 Utilization

On April 18, 2017, the Global CO2 Initiative conducted a webinar and Q&A session where our CEO, Dr. Issam Dairanieh, discussed a Global Roadmap that illustrates how we can transform CO2 from a liability into an asset at significant market scale.

Click here to watch a replay of the webinar, download the presentation and view the full roadmap.

April 5, 2017

Former U.S. Department of Energy Official Joins CO2 Sciences Board

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — This week, CO2 Sciences announced the addition of Dr. Ellen Williams, formerly of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-E), to its Board of Directors. As Director of ARPA-E, Dr. Williams led the advancement and funding of breakthrough energy technologies. Before joining DOE, Dr. Williams was the Chief Scientist for BP where she was responsible for research and program development.

April 5, 2017

Carbon Capture and Use: The Missing Link for Climate Change?

We Mean Business Coalition interviews Global CO2 Initiative CEO Issam Dairanieh about the $1.1 trillion market for products made from recycled CO2 .

March 13, 2017

CBC: Companies seek to turn captured carbon into concrete, fish food and even toothpaste

by Ian Bickis, CBC News.

CBC News article references Global CO2 Initiative market study of CO2 products.

February 2, 2017

How About Using that Captured Carbon?

by Fatima Ahmad, The Energy Collective.

Article in the Energy Collective points to the Global CO2 Initiative's CO2 products market study in an article about carbon utilization.

January 9, 2017

CO2 Utilization: A Look Ahead

by Fatima Ahmad, The Energy Collective.

Fatima Ahmad from the Energy Collective references the Global CO2 Initiative as she explores the technical, market and policy challenges of CO2 Utilization, as well as its role in meeting mid-century climate goals.

January 6, 2017

Can we limit global warming by producing more?

by John de Yonge, EYQ.

John de Yonge, Insights Director with EYQ, an Ernst & Young think tank, has a conversation with Dr. Issam Dairanieh about carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology development.

December 22, 2016

Businesses, Markets and Innovation Can Beat Climate Change

by Neil Leary, The Huffington Post.

Blog post in Huffington Post cites the Global CO2 Initiative as it examines how businesses, markets and innovation can reduce harmful emissions while generating profits and creating jobs.

December 7, 2016

Tim Stiles: The market for carbon use in 15 years could be over $1 trillion

Tim Stiles, Global Chair of KPMG's IDAS Practice, mentioned The Global CO2 Initiative during a panel discussion titled "Critical Support for Innovative Finance" at the FT Investing for Good conference in early December. In his comments, he states that "...the market for carbon use in 15 years could be over $1 trillion, which would reduce CO2 output by 12-15%. Now that’s very intriguing, because suddenly you’re addressing this problem and providing a commercial return."

View the entire panel discussion here. The section on The Global CO2 Initiative is at ~17:00.

December 7, 2016

Bio-based News: Future of CO2-based Product Technology Unveiled at COP22

Bio-based News covers the Global CO2 Initiative's Roadmap for the Global Implementation of Carbon Utilization Technologies.

November 28, 2016

Financing carbon capture: corporate partners lead the way

by Ayesha Malik, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

The Global CO2 Initiative's Roadmap for the Global Implementation of Carbon Utilization Technologies is mentioned in this article on the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions website.

November 16, 2016

Future of CO2-based Product Technology Unveiled at COP22

Marrakech, Morocco – Today the Global CO2 Initiative announced major findings and recommendations from its Roadmap for the Global Implementation of Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies at the ICEF2016 Roadmap Launch Event at COP22 in Morocco. The Roadmap offers a market assessment and recommendations for the carbon-based products industry (CBPI). The report shows that through broad scale commercialization of products derived from CO2 there are sizable market opportunities while mitigating CO2 emissions.

October 17, 2016

‘Trees on steroids’: Issam Dairanieh on turning CO2 into products

by Sophie Yeo,

How do you reduce CO2 emissions? The Global CO2 Initiative is pushing a unique approach: turn them into useful products, then sell them.

Based in San Francisco, the company has the ambitious aim to capture 10% of global CO2 emissions through carbon capture and usage. While this method is still in its infancy, the initiative aims to commercialise new ideas quickly by granting up to $100m a year for 10 years to researchers developing viable new products. Its global advisory board includes Steven Chu, the former US secretary of energy, and Jeremy Oppenheim, programme chair of the New Climate Economy project.

October 6, 2016

Global CO2 Initiative & ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project Unveil Roadmap for Implementation of Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies

TOKYO | SAN FRANCISCO — Today the Global CO2 Initiative released key findings on the state of carbon dioxide utilization (CO2U) technologies at the 3rd Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) in Tokyo, Japan. The findings are set forth in a draft roadmap prepared as part of the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project with support from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

July 18, 2016

Bernard David interview: How Companies Can Profit from Carbon Reduction

by Knowledge@Wharton.

Knowledge@Wharton interviews the Global CO2 Initiative Chairman Bernard David.

May 31, 2016

Global CO2 Initiative, Japanese Government Partner to Create Roadmap for CO2 Utilization Technologies

SAN FRANCISCO — The Global CO2 Initiative is partnering with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of the Government of Japan to develop a first of its kind roadmap for global implementation of carbon dioxide utilization technologies. The CO2 Utilization Roadmap will survey a number of existing technologies that convert CO2 to products, as well as identify future market opportunities and barriers to further development. The Roadmap will outline steps that need to be taken to roll out carbon dioxide utilization technologies based on several variables such as competitiveness, readiness and policy implications.

May 25, 2016

Why I Joined CO2 Sciences

By Dr. Issam Dairanieh, CEO, CO2 Sciences

Conventional wisdom favors strategies like decarbonization and adapting to the impacts of rising temperatures. While these tactics are part of a necessary response, CO2 Sciences believes carbon capture for reuse to be the complimentary market-driven approach we need to keep temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius.

May 24, 2016

Nissan's first sustainability chief; ex-BP investor jumps to carbon tech

by Lauren Hepler, GreenBiz.

Dr Issam Dairanieh's arrival at the Global CO2 Initiative mentioned in this GreenBiz article.

May 19, 2016

Former BP executive joins global carbon capture effort

by Rosalie Starling, Hydrocarbon Engineering.

Dr Issam Dairanieh, the former head of the corporate venture capital team at BP, will lead an ambitious new initiative focused on converting carbon emissions into valuable commercial products, the CO2 Sciences' Board of Directors has announced.

May 18, 2016

Former BP Executive Joins Global Effort to Capture and Utilize Carbon

SAN FRANCISCO — Dr. Issam Dairanieh, the former head of the corporate venture capital at BP, will lead an ambitious new initiative focused on converting carbon emissions into valuable commercial products, the CO2 Sciences’ Board of Directors announced today.

January 21, 2016

Global CO2 Initiative Launches with Ambitious Strategy to Reduce Atmospheric CO2

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — The Global CO2 Initiative was launched today during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The Initiative, and its research funding arm CO2 Sciences, will catalyze innovative research in carbon capture and utilization (CCU). It will also accelerate commercialization of CCU products. Preliminary estimates put the annual market for CCU products at $800 billion - $1.1 trillion by 2030 with potential annual reduction of CO2 in the range of two to three gigatons.


Thank you for your interest in joining the Global CO2 Initiative team. At this time we do not have any open positions.

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We are talking with leaders in science and business about supporting scientific research to enhance CO2 capture and transformation technologies, and expanding markets for products manufactured using CO2

If you would like to get in touch, please email us at and provide information about your organization and your vision for how we might work together.

We look forward to hearing from you.