Carbon Direct Names Dr. Christian Braneon as Head of Climate Justice

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#carbonmanagement–Carbon Direct Inc., a science-first carbon management firm, today announced that Dr. Christian Braneon has joined the company as Head of Climate Justice, focused on integrating climate justice into Carbon Direct’s culture, operations, and services across the carbon management industry.

“Carbon Direct understands that climate action needs to be underpinned by the best science and an unwavering commitment to environmental and climate justice, which is why I am excited to join the team,” said Dr. Braneon. “It is our combined responsibility to ensure that the actions we take to manage carbon and decarbonize society benefit the communities and countries who have suffered the most – and benefited the least – from the world’s dependence on both fossil fuels and natural resource extraction. We see a tremendous opportunity for climate action to be restorative and advance equity. As we take action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, it is critical that we center the voices of the marginalized communities that rarely have a seat at the table, and stay focused on achieving equitable outcomes.”

Dr. Braneon is a climate justice thought leader who brings a broad range of experience in climate science and civil engineering as well as environmental and climate justice to Carbon Direct. He co-leads the Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities Network at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, serves as Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and sits on the newly formed Center for Climate Solutions’ Advisory Committee, which was established to further New York City’s efforts to respond to the climate crisis. Prior to joining Carbon Direct, Dr. Braneon served as a climate scientist in the Climate Impacts Group of NASA GISS and as Co-Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural Environmental Justice Academy for community leaders.

Dr. Braneon will lead efforts to sharpen guidance for project developers on elements of project quality intersecting with environmental and climate justice, advance internal anti-greenwashing client screening, integrate environmental justice metrics into Carbon Direct’s end-to-end software platform, and strengthen and deepen environmental and climate justice training for clients.

“Climate justice must go hand-in-hand with climate action,” said Jonathan Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Carbon Direct. “I am thrilled to have Dr. Braneon join our multidisciplinary team of scientists and market experts, as he understands the importance of bringing together data-driven, science-based strategies with meaningful community engagement. His multifaceted climate science and climate justice expertise will be invaluable as we work to further embed equity into all of our company’s end-to-end carbon management solutions.”

About Carbon Direct, Inc.

Carbon Direct Inc. enables organizations to turn industry-leading carbon science into action through its end-to-end carbon management platform. Carbon management is the process through which an organization measures, reduces, and removes their carbon emissions. For it to be effective, both cutting-edge science and commercial expertise need to be applied at every stage of the process.

Carbon Direct is backed by a team of over 30 of the world’s top carbon scientists with expertise in every area of carbon management. Carbon Direct also streamlines carbon science through science-backed software to help leading companies and governments around the world reach their climate goals. Carbon Direct’s work has included establishing quality criteria with Microsoft and delivering millions of durable tonnes of carbon removal for clients, who have committed to purchasing tens of millions of tonnes and were responsible for 60% of removal tonnes transacted in the voluntary carbon market in 2021. Carbon Direct brings this expertise to the World Economic Forum as an Implementation Partner for the First Movers Coalition, where they support sectoral pledges across carbon removal, aviation, shipping, and more. To learn more visit


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