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Recycling CO2 emissions into chemicals and fuels that are cost-competitive with petroleum-sourced products

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Nicholas Flanders

Cofounder & CEO at Twelve

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Employees 21–50
Headquarters Berkeley, California, United States
Twelve envisions a global chemicals and energy system that has transitioned from extractive to circular, disrupting current supply chains and reducing global emissions. In the same way that photosynthesis is the engine of the world’s ecosystem, providing a link between the sun and life on earth, Twelve's technology creates a link between renewable electricity and the chemicals, fuels, and materials that drive the global economy. Twelve captures carbon emissions where pollution is generated and turns the CO2 into high-demand chemicals like methane, ethylene, and ethanol. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world's most critical chemical products.

With their disruptive technology, Twelve has developed a profitable solution to carbon emissions, cost-competitive with petroleum-sourced products. They are uniquely positioned to bring this solution to market as their core drop-in device is a capital-light solution, molded to fit commercialized technology. Twelve's products can reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s heaviest emitters, while creating a new revenue stream for what is discarded today as a waste product. They are industrializing the process of photosynthesis (i.e. “reverse combustion”) and creating a new value chain based on recycled CO2 rather than fossil fuels, leading to a greener and cleaner planet.

Notable Achievements

  • Named one of the top 46 climate-tech startups to watch in 2021 by Business Insider.
  • In March 2021, Procter & Gamble announced a partnership with Twelve to produce carbon negative ingredients for Tide.
  • Investors include DCVC, Breakout Ventures, evōk, and Dolby Family Ventures.

Currently Operating in One Region

Press Mentions

June 23, 2021

Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?

September 14, 2021

The company behind Tide and Bounty pledges net zero emissions by 2040

September 7, 2021

LanzaTech and Twelve partner to produce the world’s first polypropylene from CO2 | Bioenergy International

July 8, 2021

Petrochemicals are in all sorts of products. This startup makes the same compounds out of captured CO2

July 8, 2021

Twelve, Formerly Opus 12, Secures $57 Million in Series A Funding Led by Capricorn and Carbon Direct

March 18, 2021

To save the planet, Tide wants you to quit using warm water for laundry

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