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How many jobs will a direct air capture industry create?

John Larsen joined the Reversing Climate Change podcast for a conversation on our recent direct air capture analysis.

Direct air capture (DAC) is one of the many strategies we need to employ to achieve the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. So, how do we scale up the DAC industry to capture the hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 we need to remove from the atmosphere? And what would that kind of growth mean in terms of business opportunities and job creation?

John Larsen, Director at Rhodium Group, leads the firm’s US power sector and energy systems research, specializing in the analysis of clean energy policy and market trends. John joins Ross, Christophe, and Aldyen of the Reversing Climate Change podcast to discuss his team’s most recent report and associated webinar, Capturing New Jobs and New Business: Growth Opportunities from Direct Air Capture Scale-Up.

John outlines the policy recommendations he suggests to ramp up the construction of DAC plants, offering insight around potential government subsidies for decarbonization and sharing what policy solutions work (and which ones don’t). Listen in as John explores the clean tech innovations he finds interesting and introduces us to the most promising commercialization pathways for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

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