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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 201–500
Headquarters Berkeley, California, United States
We're Twelve, a new kind of chemical company built for the climate era. Our breakthrough technology eliminates emissions by turning CO2 into essential products. We call it carbon transformation. Reinventing what it means to be a chemical company, we're on a mission to create a climate positive world and a fossil free future. Carbon isn’t just the building block of life, it’s the building block of the chemicals, materials and fuels that make up our modern world and power innovation. From the spring in our running shoes to our favorite pair of sunglasses, to building materials, electric car parts and fuels, carbon makes it possible. The problem is we get this carbon today from fossil fuels in the form of petrochemicals, which creates CO2 emissions and accelerates climate change. Carbon transformation fundamentally changes this paradigm by sourcing carbon from CO2 instead of fossil fuels. By replacing the fossil carbon in critical chemicals with renewable carbon from CO2, we can eliminate emissions from thousands of essential products and set a new standard for how things get made in the climate era.

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?

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October 31, 2022

Twelve and LanzaTech Partner to Create Ethanol From CO2

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July 14, 2022

Twelve and Alaska Airlines to collaborate with Microsoft to advance sustainable aviation fuel derived from recaptured CO2 and renewable energy

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June 29, 2022

Twelve to Deploy World’s First Industrial-Scale Carbon Transformation Platform with $130M Series B

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May 19, 2022

E152 - Daniel Epstein on Repurposing Capitalism, Intuition and Meaningful Entrepreneurship // Alchemists Of The Future - all that we are (fka the future is beautiful)

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May 3, 2022

2022 World Changing Ideas Awards | Fast Company

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