Funded by Big Tech and tens of thousands of businesses using Stripe Climate, Frontier is an advance market commitment to buy an initial $925 million of permanent carbon removal between 2022 and 2030.
Frontier aims to accelerate the development of carbon removal technologies by guaranteeing future demand for them.
The Big Tech companies like Meta (formerly Facebook), Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Stripe, Shopify and McKinsey have pledged $925 million to purchase captured carbon and help save the Earth.
As of 2021, less than 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide had been permanently removed from the atmosphere by new technologies – 1 million times short of the annual scale needed.
While carbon removal has made significant progress over the past few years, it’s still not at all on track to get to the required scale.
Over time, it plans to open to new buyers to further increase demand and spur new supply. The concept of an AMC is borrowed from vaccine development and was piloted a decade ago.
The first AMC accelerated the development of pneumococcal vaccines for low-income countries, saving an estimated 700,000 lives.
Frontier is wholly-owned by Stripe, while the other companies are providing initial funding.
Stripe initially committed to spending $1 million a year to take CO2 out of the air in 2019.