SKOKIE, Ill.—Imagine a day when an airplane or car is powered by greenhouse gas emissions, or a brewery is retrofitted onto a steel mill or landfill site as a source for power.
These are the breakthroughs being considered by LanzaTech NZ Inc.
, a sustainable, carbon capture solutions company that has discovered a way to produce ethylene from CO2 "in a continuous process."
Ethylene is the most widely used petrochemical in the world, and the largest carbon emitter in the industry, according to LanzaTech, so the sustainability
benefits are evident.
"Ethylene production is one of the three largest carbon emitters in the chemical industry," said LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren. "Now is the time to break free from relying on virgin fossil inputs as a feedstock for the things we use in our daily lives. With the ability to directly produce this bulk chemical commodity, we aim to make synthetic biology accessible and bring it to the people in everyday consumer goods."
Calling the innovation a "breakthrough in bacterium bio-engineering," LanzaTech is looking to replace fossil-based feedstocks used in making consumer goods with waste carbon.