Promethean Particles, a leading global provider of industrial scale, cost-effective nanomaterials, has announced its pledge to reach net zero by 2040. Promethean has committed to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and end its contributions to climate change completely by 2040, as part of the UK Government’s Business Climate Leaders campaign.

“The decision to be net zero by 2040 makes absolute sense for us, our customers and the planet,” said James Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer at Promethean. “We are working with a rapidly increasing number of companies on how our metal-organic frameworks can be a more efficient and effective solution to their carbon capture goals. It’s therefore only right that we hold ourselves to the same standards. That’s why, as a whole leadership team, we felt it was critical to make the pledge to become carbon neutral.”

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of materials with incredibly high surface areas, some of which have the ability to preferentially adsorb materials like carbon dioxide. By flowing air or post-combustion gas streams over beds of selected MOFs, carbon dioxide can be selectively removed and later recovered in a controlled manner.

“We are actively engaged in a number of projects to help our customers decarbonise by using our various nanomaterials,” said Chris Simmons, Promethean’s Business Development Manager. “We have been staggered by the amount of interest from large multi-nationals to start-ups. As we ramp our production to meet our customers’ needs, we need to be confident our process to manufacture these materials does not itself add to the world’s climate problem.”

Promethean operates the world’s largest multi-material nanomaterial manufacturing plant in Nottingham, UK. Through its patented continuous synthesis process, it believes it is uniquely positioned to demonstrate the viability of MOFs as an effective material for carbon capture.

“I’ve spent many years in the chemical and related industries and I don’t recall seeing such a high level of interest in a material technology as what we are seeing now with MOFs,” continued Stephenson. “I think it is incredibly important our customers know that the company and team they are working with are equally committed to minimising the impact we all have on the planet. Making the commitment to be carbon neutral is just the first step on that journey, but a critical one.”