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NextGen - a South Pole/Mitsubishi Corporation joint venture - establishes world’s largest diversified portfolio of permanent carbon dioxide removals to scale the market
26 Apr 2023

NextGen - a South Pole/Mitsubishi Corporation joint venture - establishes world’s largest diversified portfolio of permanent carbon dioxide removals to scale the market

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South Pole and Mitsubishi Corporation

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  • NextGen CDR Facility (NextGen) announces first contracts to purchase carbon dioxide removals (CDRs), demonstrating support for scaling the market for carbon removal and durable long term storage by 2030.
  • The advance purchase of close to 200K tonnes of CDRs from three projects, including the world's largest Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS) project and the world's largest technological carbon removal project, demonstrates tangible corporate interest for various CDR technologies that offer long term removal of CO2.
  • NextGen plans to purchase over one million CDRs by 2025, all of which must be certified under independent ICROA- endorsed standards to ensure carbon project quality.
  • NextGen, a joint venture between South Pole and Mitsubishi Corporation, includes industry leaders Boston Consulting Group, LGT, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Swiss Re, and UBS as founding buyers.

Zurich, 26 April, 2023 - NextGen CDR Facility (NextGen) - a joint venture between global climate project developer and solutions provider, South Pole, and Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation – backed by founding buyers Boston Consulting Group, LGT, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Swiss Re, and UBS – has announced the advance purchase of 193,125 tonnes of CDRs from carbon removal projects that will constitute the world's largest diversified portfolio of CDRs offering 1000+ years of CO2 storage once delivered.

The advance purchase of carbon removals, which will be registered under ICROA-endorsed certification standards, will include CDRs from the world's largest scale Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS) project, being developed by 1PointFive in Texas, which is expected to remove and permanently store up to 500k tonnes of carbon dioxide per year once fully operational. NextGen will also purchase CDRs from the world's largest tech carbon removal project, the Summit Carbon Solutions' $5.1bn biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS) project being implemented in the Midwestern region of the United States, which will remove over 9M tonnes per year through the capture, transportation and permanent storage of biogenic carbon removals once completed. NextGen will also purchase carbon removal credits from climate tech company Carbo Culture's inaugural high technology biochar project (C1) in Finland. The company is scaling up with the first series of commercial facilities planned to produce high quality biochar to remove and durably store 2.5M tonnes of CDRs by 2030.

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A rendering of the first large-scale DAC plant to use Carbon Engineering technology, currently being engineered by Carbon Engineering and 1PointFive. Image rights: 1PointFive

NextGen's portfolio establishes market best practice for project standard certification. All projects will be certified and verified under standards endorsed by the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) to ensure an independent third-party assurance that the projects are of the highest environmental integrity and benefit local communities. Strong monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) standards in the carbon removal industry are vital to ensure that removals approaches only incentivize the creation of high-quality CDR that is additional, measurable and highly durable.

By bringing together high integrity buyers and sellers of ICROA-endorsed certified CDRs, NextGen is helping to create the conditions the market needs to scale: making permanent CDRs accessible for corporate buyers with an average target price of $200 per tonne, enabling risk diversification through a portfolio approach, and providing access to deep market expertise.

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Summit Carbon Solutions will capture carbon dioxide emissions from partner plants and safely transport it to a permanent sequestration site. Image rights: Summit Carbon Solutions

Companies in NextGen will have access to a diverse global portfolio of carbon removal technologies and storage solutions, including Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS), Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS), Enhanced Weathering, High-Temperature Biochar and Product Mineralization – allowing them to demonstrate and operationalize commitments to long-term CDRs, while addressing the challenge that technology companies face in urgently scaling their projects.

In March 2023, the IPCC Synthesis Report underscored that global rates of CDR deployment are “far below" those necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C*. However, the market has not yet scaled to a level close to what the IPCC deems as necessary for a safe and sustainable future.

Today's announcement marks a major milestone in building a scalable market for durable stored CDRs, representing 25% of all purchases to date according to industry data source CDR.FYI. Creditworthy CDR purchases from large projects providing long-term storage will remove significant volumes of atmospheric and biogenic CO2 in the next few years, while helping companies to secure the financing needed to ensure these projects can be built and scaled up to the highest standards. These projects represent NextGen's first advance purchase of a targeted one million CDRs by 2025 that can be realized by 2030 to deliver significant climate impact. Further details on the portfolio will be featured at the Carbon Unbound conference on May 11 in NYC.

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CarboCulture is scaling up with the first series of commercial facilities planned to produce high quality biochar to remove and durably store 2.5M tonnes of CDRs by 2030. Image rights: CarboCulture

NextGen, a joint venture between South Pole and Mitsubishi Corporation, includes industry leaders Boston Consulting Group, LGT, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Swiss Re, and UBS as founding buyers.

“Permanently removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at scale is vital to achieving net-zero by 2050 and meeting the Paris agreement. We are proud to be an anchor buyer in the NextGen Facility and support pioneering carbon removal technologies that are removing emissions now. This key milestone announced today is another important step to unlock the potential of breakthrough climate technologies," says David Webb, Chief Sustainability Officer, at Boston Consulting Group.

“The launch of NextGen with three promising, innovative projects is an important milestone - for us as a founding buyer as well. We are convinced that Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) is one of the solutions crucial to achieving our climate goals. We can only make progress towards our goal of net-zero with scalable solutions, concerted action and investments in the right projects can. NextGen offers the right model to do so.", says H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, Chairman LGT.

“We are delighted to be making solid progress on our climate journey by purchasing Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDRs) and supporting pioneering carbon removal technologies. To achieve our net-zero emissions by 2050, reducing our emissions in accordance with the science-based abatement curve is a must and our priority; however, it is no longer enough. We will support climate actions beyond our value chain by purchasing CDRs and add to our chances of keeping 1.5 ℃ within our reach. In this way, we will contribute to sustainable growth for people, society, and the planet, for all life in the next generation," says Takeshi Hashimoto, President & CEO of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

“Development of CDRs is essential for net-zero emissions by 2050, and we are proud to be part of the great achievement announced by NextGen. Our team contributes to NextGen's further development by leveraging our insight and network in the global CDR businesses. Mitsubishi Corporation will further strengthen our commitment to the sustainable future and continue the contribution for environmental protection through innovation and collaboration," says Masaru Saito, EVP, Next-Generation Energy Business, Mitsubishi Corporation.

“NextGen's ambition to scale the market has taken a major step forward following these initial CDR purchases and puts us on a clear pathway to realize our target of 1M durably stored tonnes of CO2 by 2025. Not only will these advance purchases establish a quality standard by ensuring independent certification of technological carbon removals, these commitments from our buyers will unlock financing for many emerging CDR projects and technologies that now have a clear route-to-market for removing historical emissions," says Philip Moss, Chairman of NextGen and Global Director, Tech Carbon Removals, at South Pole.

“Today's announcement is another exciting step in making carbon dioxide removal a scalable reality. Offering certainty as an anchor buyer is one of the ways UBS is supporting the development of innovative climate technologies. We are committed to working in partnership on the solutions we need to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050," says Michael Baldinger, UBS Chief Sustainability Officer.

A view from project partners

“Large-scale Direct Air Capture is a vital technology to accelerate the world's path to net zero emissions. We believe transparent, high-integrity and, high-durability CDRs are a necessary carbon removal solution to help achieve global climate targets," says Michael Avery, President and General Manager, 1PointFive.

“A few years ago, very few people were buying carbon removal. This is a clear market signal that high quality removals are here to stay. NextGen's commitment will be catalytic for the industry," says Tim Preisenhammer, director of carbon markets, Carbo Culture.

“The world is waking up to the need of radical emission reductions and carbon removal today to reach net zero. The NextGen facility led by South Pole and Mitsubishi is a best practice example, and shows the catalytic effect of bankable offtake contracts in financing this critically needed infrastructure," says Henrietta Moon, CEO of Carbo Culture.

“Global carbon markets are experiencing a dramatic shift as buyers favor investment in high-quality Carbon Dioxide Removals from transformative projects that help achieve long-term environmental protection goals," says Jim Pirolli, Chief Commercial Officer at Summit Carbon Solutions. “Through this landmark purchase of CDRs, NextGen and their founding partners have taken a bold step to accelerate the implementation of the technologies and infrastructure required to permanently remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a meaningful scale. We are thrilled that CDRs from our biomass carbon removal and storage project were selected for one of the largest, most important transactions of carbon removals in history.“

“This is a historic announcement for Summit Carbon Solutions," says Lee Blank, CEO of Summit Carbon Solutions. “The voluntary carbon market is a powerful tool when financing carbon removal projects, achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and improving long-term environmental outcomes. Commitments from organizations like NextGen are key in ensuring the success of significant, innovative projects like Summit Carbon Solutions."

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Isabel Hagbrink, Director of Communications, South Pole

Notes to Editors

  • * According to the IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5 °C" (SR15) there is an urgent need to scale up efforts to remove carbon from the atmosphere in order to achieve the 100-1,000 Gt of carbon removals by 2050 required to keep global warming within 1.5°C. If we are to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2050, we will require both nature-based and technological solutions in addition to steep decarbonisation and emissions avoidance efforts (such as forest conservation).
  • * According to the latest State of Carbon Dioxide Removal, an additional 1GT of additional removals will need to take place every year between now and 2030 – almost double current removals that are primarily nature based.

What makes NextGen unique

  • Ambition: NextGen aims to contract over a million tonnes of certified technological carbon removals (CDRs) from projects that will be operational by 2025
  • Quality: Credible, verifiable quality CDRs that can meet emerging methodologies under ICROA-approved standards to satisfy corporate net zero requirements.
  • Price & accessibility: A target average price of $200 per tonne, to demonstrate that removals can be delivered at a price that aligns with corporate procurement targets
  • Delivery: Dedicated team to optimize delivery through active due diligence, portfolio diversification and experienced monitoring experts
  • Pipeline: Companies joining the facility will have access to an curated portfolio of projects across a range of technologies, including Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS), Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS), Enhanced Weathering, High-Temperature Biochar and Product Mineralization
  • Design: Innovative model that allows leading corporations to secure CDR supply on a long term basis, and to vet each project before inclusion.

About the NextGen CDR Facility

The NextGen CDR Facility (NextGen) brings technical expertise and global networks together to unlock the potential of large-scale technical carbon removal. It holds the ambition of purchasing over one million certified carbon removal credits by 2025. The establishment of NextGen follows South Pole's approval as an Implementing Partner of the First Movers Coalition (FMC). Its development was strongly influenced by the Carbon Removal Climate Action Group of the World Economic Forum Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. NextGen will purchase technical CDRs from projects using a range of technological approaches that offer significant potential to scale, including BiCRS, DACCS, biochar, enhanced weathering, high-temperature biochar, and product mineralization.

NextGen is a partnership between global climate project developer and solutions provider, South Pole, and Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation – backed by founding buyers Boston Consulting Group, LGT, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Swiss Re, and UBS.


Philip Moss, Chairman of NextGen and Global Director, Tech Carbon Removals, at South Pole

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革新的な炭素除去技術の普及・促進を目的としたNextGen CDR Facilityが技術系CDRクレジットの長期購入契約を締結

英語のプレスリリースはこちらをご覧ください To read this in English please click here

  • NextGen CDR Facilityはこの度、大気中の二酸化炭素除去に関する革新的な技術由来のカーボンクレジット(技術系CDRクレジット)を購入する最初の契約を発表しました。
  • NextGenが購入する累計約20万トンの技術系CDRクレジットには、世界最大規模のDirect Air Capture and Storage (DACS) プロジェクトおよび世界最大の技術系CDRプロジェクトが含まれており、CO2の長期除去を実現するさまざまなCDR技術に対する関心が高まっています。
  • NextGenは、ICROAが承認する基準で認証された高品質の技術系CDRクレジットを2025年までに100万トン以上購入する予定です。
  • South Poleと三菱商事株式会社が運営するNextGenには、CDR業界を牽引する株式会社商船三井、ボストン・コンサルティング・グループ、LGT、Swiss Re、UBSがアンカー・バイヤーとして参画しています。

2023年4月26日 - 世界的な気候変動プロジェクト開発およびソリューションを提供するSouth Pole(以下、「当社」)と三菱商事株式会社が運営し、株式会社商船三井、ボストン・コンサルティング・グループ (BCG)、LGT、Swiss Re、UBSがバイヤーとして参加するNextGen CDR Facility (以下、「NextGen」) はこの度、193,125トンのCDRクレジットの長期購入契約を締結いたしました。大気中の二酸化炭素除去に関する革新的な技術(以下、「技術系CDR」)から成る本プロジェクトは、1000年以上の二酸化炭素貯留能力を持つ 世界最大の多様なポートフォリオを構成することとなります。

ICROAが承認する認証基準に基づいて登録される技術系CDRクレジットには、米テキサス州の1PointFive社が開発する 世界最大規模のDirect Air Capture and Storage (DACS) プロジェクトが含まれ、本格稼働後は年間最大50万トンの二酸化炭素が除去および永久に貯留されることとなります。NextGenは、Summit Carbon Solutions社が米国中西部で実施している世界最大のバイオマス炭素除去・貯留 (BiCRS)プロジェクトからも技術系CDRクレジットを購入し、年間900万トン以上の炭素を除去する予定です。またフィンランドの気候テック企業Carbo Culture社初の高技術バイオ炭プロジェクトから技術系CDRクレジットを購入します。同社は、2030年までに250万トンを除去および長期貯留できる高品質のバイオ炭を製造するために規模を拡大しています。

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Carbon Engineering社と1PointFive社が共同で立案するCarbon Engineering社の技術を採用した初の大規模DACプラントの完成予想図 提供:1PointFive

NextGenのポートフォリオを構成するすべてのプロジェクトは、International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) が承認する基準に基づいて認証および検証されます。炭素除去におけるモニタリング、報告、検証(MRV)基準は、追加性があり測定可能かつ永続性のある高品質の技術系CDRクレジットのみ創出することを確実にするために不可欠なものです。


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パートナーの施設から排出される二酸化炭素を回収および永久隔離施設に安全に輸送する 提供:Summit Carbon Solutions



この度のNextGenによる技術系CDRクレジットの購入量は、業界データソースであるCDR.FYIによると、これまでの同市場の全ての累計取引量の25%を占めています。長期貯留を行う大規模プロジェクトから技術系CDRクレジットを購入することで、今後数年間で大気中および生物起源のCO2を大量に除去することができ、同時にプロジェクトを拡大するために必要な資金を確保することができるようになります。これは2025年までに累計100万トンの技術系CDRクレジットの購入契約を締結するというNextGenの目標達成に向けた取り組みの始まりであり、気候変動に強いインパクトを与えることができます。ポートフォリオの詳細については、5月11日に米ニューヨーク市で開催されるCarbon Unboundカンファレンスで紹介されます。

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2030年までに250万トンを除去し長期貯留するための高品質なバイオ炭を生産する施設の規模を拡大している 提供:CarboCulture

NextGen 各社からのコメント

South Pole – Chairman of NextGen and Global Director of Tech Carbon Removals, Philip Moss


三菱商事株式会社 – 常務執行役員 次世代エネルギー担当 齊藤 勝


株式会社商船三井 – 代表取締役社長 橋本 剛


BCG – Chief Sustainability Officer, David Webb


LGT – Chairman, H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein


UBS – Chief Sustainability Officer, Michael Baldinger



1PointFive – President and General Manager, Michael Avery


Carbo Culture – Director of Carbon Markets, Tim Preisenhammer


Carbo Culture – CEO, Henrietta Moon


Summit Carbon Solutions – Chief Commercial Officer, Jim Pirolli


Summit Carbon Solutions – CEO, Lee Blank

今回の発表はSummit Carbon Solutionsにとって、とても歴史的なことです。ボランタリークレジット市場は非常に重要なツールで、同市場を通じてCDRプロジェクトに資金提供を行うことで、GHG排出量削減および長期的な環境改善に寄与することができます。NextGenのような取り組みは、Summit Carbon Solutionsのように大規模且つ革新的なプロジェクト成功のためにとても重要です。

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Isabel Hagbrink, Director of Communications, South Pole -


  • * IPCC 1.5度特別報告書(SR15)によると、地球温暖化を1.5度以内に抑えるために必要な2050年までの炭素除去量100~1000Gtを達成するために、大気からの炭素除去の取り組みを拡大することは急務です。2050年までにネットゼロを達成するためには、急速に脱炭素化や森林保全などの排出回避を進めることに加え、自然ベースおよび技術ベースの両方のソリューションが必要です。
  • * State of Carbon Dioxide Removal の最新版によると、現時点から2030年の間に毎年1Gtの追加除去を行なう必要があり、これは自然ベースのソリューションが主に利用されている現在の除去量のほぼ2倍に相当します。


  • 野心的な目標:NextGenは、2025年までに稼働するプロジェクトから100万トン以上の技術系CDRクレジットを契約することを目指しています
  • 質:企業のネットゼロ要件を満たすためにICROAが承認する基準の方法論に基づいた、信頼性の高い検証可能な品質の技術系CDRクレジットです
  • 価格&入手しやすさ:企業の調達目標に沿った価格で技術系CDRクレジットを提供できるよう、目標平均価格は1トンあたり$200に設定されています
  • デリバリー:専門家チームがデューデリジェンス、ポートフォリオの多様化、モニタリングを行ない、デリバリーの最適化を図ります
  • ポートフォリオ:参加企業は、BiCRS、DACS、Enhanced Weathering(風化促進法)、高温域で生成されたバイオ炭、Product Mineralization(炭素鉱物化)など、様々な技術に関するプロジェクトで構成されたポートフォリオにアクセスできます
  • デザイン性:大手企業が技術系CDRクレジットを長期的に確保するために、各プロジェクトを吟味した上でポートフォリオに組み入れることができます

NextGen CDR Facilityについて

NextGen CDR Facility (NextGen) は大規模な技術的炭素除去の可能性を引き出すために、技術に関する専門知識とグローバルネットワークを結集し、2025年までに100万トン以上の技術系CDRクレジットを購入するという野心的な目標を持っています。NextGenは、South PoleがFirst Movers Coalition (FMC) のパートナーとして承認されたことを受けて設立され、世界経済フォーラムが主導するCEO気候リーダーズ同盟のCarbon Removal Climate Action Groupから強い影響を受けています。BiCRS、DACS、バイオ炭、enhanced weathering、高温バイオ炭、product mineralizationなど、規模拡大の可能性が大きい様々な技術的アプローチを用いたプロジェクトから技術系CDRクレジットを購入してまいります。

NextGenは世界的な気候変動プロジェクト開発およびソリューションを提供するSouth Poleと三菱商事株式会社が運営しており、株式会社商船三井、ボストン・コンサルティング・グループ、LGT、Swiss Re、UBSがバイヤーとして参画しています。

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