Under the partnership, the Astros will purchase carbon dioxide (CO2) removal credits from 1PointFive’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant, which is currently under construction in Ector County, Texas.
DAC technology captures and removes large volumes of carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere before it is stored underground in geologic formations.
The agreement with the Astros will see the CO2 captured by DAC sequestered in saline reservoirs not associated with oil and gas production. DAC claims to provide a practical solution for hard-to-decarbonise activities like air travel.
Michael Avery, President and General Manager of 1PointFive, said: “We are pleased to further our relationship with the Houston Astros and provide a solution to address future carbon emissions.
“We are excited about the opportunity it presents for the Astros and other organisations working to achieve their climate goals.”
Over the next three years, the Astros will use the removal credits across a number of activities throughout Minute Maid Park – the ballpark in which the MLB side plays its home games – to work towards establishing a carbon-neutral footprint.
Marcel Braithwaite, Senior Vice-President of Business Operations at the Astros, added: “We are grateful to 1PointFive for their focused commitment to carbon removal and technology innovation to support this cause.
“We remain committed to continuous improvement of our stadium for our fans and purchasing carbon removal credits is an important investment for us.”