Big problems need visionary solutions. At Carbon Technology Research Foundation (CTRF) we light the spark of ideas that will transform our world. By identifying and then funding promising research into ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, we will do our bit to build a safer future. We stand ready to support the brightest and best around the world in our mission to preserve a liveable planet for all.
Founded in Oslo in late 2020 by Norwegian entrepreneur Stig Arff, CTRF seeks to apply private sector principles to the challenge of climate change.
To prevent catastrophic warming, we need to reduce emissions but also find more and better ways to remove existing carbon dioxide from the air.
CTRF funds research into new methods of carbon sequestration, which have their roots in nature but which could be scaled significantly using biotechnology.
We envisage transformational change, whereby the world responds successfully and in time to the severe and accelerating risks associated with cumulative greenhouse gas emissions.
CTRF’s focus is on supporting people and institutions working to develop processes that have their roots in nature, with the potential to be scaled significantly to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help stop climate change.
Throughout 2022 and early 2023, we will be identifying high quality, credible research institutions, individuals and projects for funding to be part of the CTRF portfolio launch in 2023.
Please get in touch if you know of someone we should fund.
Fremr, a sustainable investment company headquartered in Norway, is the founding investor and member of CTRF. Other private sector investors with the same concern for the risks of climate disruption to social, environmental, and economic systems and desire to tackle the climate crises are invited to join Fremr as investors and members. CTRF sees the private sector as its primary potential funding and implementation partners.
CTRF will seek to collaborate with governments, foundations and philanthropic entities where it makes operational and or strategic sense to do so and furthers the mission to identify and develop natural scalable solutions to CO2 removal in the coming decades.
CTRF will seek high quality, credible research institutions and projects for funding, including early identification of flagship projects to launch the CTRF portfolio of research projects which will grow over time.
We are a group of passionate, visionary professionals united in our belief in the imperative of urgent action to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help prevent dangerous warming. We believe in the power of technology to supercharge the solutions already found in nature, and we look forward to collaborating with people who share our vision and commitment to a different world.
Stig has a PhD in physics from the University of Oslo combined with an MBA from the Norwegian School of Management (BI). For the past two decades Stig has worked within the finance sector, and has established several successful business ventures. His early career years were within research and industry and he first became aware of the problem of climate change when he was studying physics in the early 1980s. He is struck that the changes to our climate are following a trajectory which to a large degree was predictable even then. Whilst our knowledge of the science and the solutions has increased by orders of magnitude, and the public and politicians are increasingly aware of the problem, not enough has been done to tackle it. Stig created CTRF to pursue brilliant scientific ideas that increase the chances of preserving a liveable planet.
Chief Executive of CTRF since April 2022, Dave holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Environmental Management from Imperial College London. For the past 25 years Dave has worked in the international development, environment and conservation sectors in a variety of leadership roles, collaborating with both the academic and private sector. He has a passion for sustainable development and tackling the climate emergency. Dave grew up in Kenya, spending many school holidays camping in wild areas where he developed his love of Africa and its wildlife. He continues his passion for wildlife conservation in his role as a UK Trustee for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. He now lives in west Oxfordshire with his wife Emma and two children Lara and Luke.
With over 15 years’ experience in sectors such as energy, management consulting and legal, Cat brings a varied skill set to CTRF. With her knowledge of project management and operations support, and an ability to set up and oversee operational systems and procedures, she is well-equipped to help CTRF run smoothly. Outside of the office, Cat is passionate about food and fitness. She finds joy in yoga and barre. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Cat was educated in Australia and the UK. Cat lived for many years in Austin, Texas and now resides in Oxford, England with her family.
Over the course of 2022-3 CTRF will establish an expert research council to help define the focus and criteria for our funding, and help us set up an application, assessment, selection and reporting process. The council will advise the CTRF executive on its research portfolio, and evaluate progress. The research council will be multidisciplinary, drawing expertise from different sectors including science, engineering, and finance. To apply or nominate someone to join our research council please get in touch.
Over the course of 2022-3 CTRF will establish an expert research council to help define the focus and criteria for our funding, and help us set up an application, assessment, selection and reporting process. The council will advise the CTRF executive on its research portfolio, and evaluate progress. The research council will be multidisciplinary, drawing expertise from different sectors including science, engineering, and finance.
To apply or nominate someone to join our research council please get in touch.
The founding member of CTRF is sustainable investment firm Fremr AS (meaning “further forward” in Norse language). Fremr is headed up by Stig Arff and has contributed the initial operational and research budgets for CTRF.
Stig Arff and Fremr invite other private sector investors with the same desire to tackle the climate crisis to join us as investors and implementation partners.
We are seeking partnerships with like-minded corporations and organisations who can contribute not only complementary funds, but also their unique expertise and insights.
In addition to seeking co-funders from the private sector, we will collaborate with governments, foundations and philanthropic entities to inform our work and ensure its benefits are disseminated.
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