Thousands of new startups are founded every year – emerging companies with the potential to advance sustainability. To give you a head-start on emerging technologies and startups developing decarbonization solutions in 2022, we analyzed a total of 2 457 global decarbonization startups & scaleups. Meet 5 of the most promising startups to watch!
Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Decarbonization Startups to Watch in 2022
Out of 2 457, the 5 decarbonization startups to watch are chosen through the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. As the world’s largest resource for data on emerging companies, the SaaS platform enables you to identify relevant startups, emerging technologies & future industry trends quickly & exhaustively.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 decarbonization startups you should watch in 2022 as well as the geo-distribution of the other 2 452 startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. We hand-picked the 5 highlighted decarbonization startups based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, the relevance of technology, and funding, among others.
Green Li-ion enables Lithium-ion Battery Recycling
The unsustainable forwarding of recyclable and reusable end-of-life products is filling up landfills. Along with the environmental concerns, similar consumer behaviors also increase the need for new raw materials for production. New material development further leads to increased energy and resource consumption, which raises carbon emissions. To tackle this issue, startups offer solutions to divert high-quality products and materials from landfills for recycling and upcycling.
Founding Year: 2020
Location: Kim Yam Rd, Singapore
Use for: Lithium-ion Battery Recycling
Green Li-ion is a Singaporean startup that develops GLMC-1, a multi-cathode processor and control unit. GLMC-1 enhances existing lithium-ion battery recycling lines and produces cathodes that are up to 99.9% pure. Besides, it supports all variations of lithium-ion batteries. Green Li-ion, in effect, enables e-recyclers and lithium-ion battery recyclers to increase output efficiency while reducing reliance on mining.
H2 Green Steel advances Green Steel Production
Traditional manufacturing practices do not track sustainability metrics and, hence, render them harmful to the environment. On the other hand, novel production methods reduce carbon emissions while improving production quality and efficiency. To facilitate this, startups provide sustainable manufacturing solutions that minimize waste and optimize production. For example, automating production lines lowers product manufacturing periods as well as overall material wastage and defects reduction.
Founding Year: 2020
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Use for: Sustainable Steel Production
Swedish startup H2 Green Steel offers a fully integrated, digitized, and automated plant for green steel production. To achieve this, the startup combines renewable energy, sustainable materials, and artificial intelligence (AI) to bring down emission levels to zero. Moreover, it works to scale the production capacity to five million tonnes by 2030. H2 Green Steel serves automotive, commercial vehicles, furniture, and industrial equipment manufacturers and enables them to decrease material carbon footprint.
Watershed offers a Carbon Accounting Platform
Production value chains are complex and involve various stakeholders like suppliers, vendors, and logistics partners. Therefore, it is challenging for companies to track the comprehensive carbon footprint of their products. However, digitization enables startups to develop carbon accounting platforms that automate emission tracking. This also allows companies to identify the operations and processes which contribute more to climate change and optimize operations accordingly.
Founding Year: 2019
Location: San Francisco, California, US
Use for: Carbon Accounting
Watershed is a US-based startup that offers a carbon accounting software platform. The platform enables users to upload raw data to generate carbon footprint insights. It also enables them to set up carbon reduction plans through clean energy trade and carbon offsetting using high-impact carbon removal projects. The startup, thus, allows companies to track and record their carbon emissions while also assisting in reducing their footprint.
SBS Thermal Technologies optimizes Waste Valorization
The energy efficiency of production processes and assets determines the rate of fuel or energy consumption. This is why improving efficiency is a critical part of decarbonization. To aid this, startups develop various energy-efficient solutions that replace existing processes. This lowers resource usage, thereby lowering carbon emissions as well as improving operational throughput.
Founding Year: 2020
Location: Leioa, Spain
Use for: Thermal Waste Recovery
Spanish startup SBS Thermal Technologies provides High-Efficiency Contact (HECO), an energy-efficient waste valorization process. HECO is a high-efficiency gas contact solution that achieves optimized conditions for mass and energy transfer. It further enables the treatment of complex materials and, hence, thermal recovery of waste regardless of their origin and morphology.
NexTiles advances Textile Recycling
Textile waste constitutes a significant part of landfills, primarily post-consumer textile waste. Moreover, a massive portion of the discarded materials is recyclable. They still reach public waste streams due to a lack of consumer awareness and reverse logistics services. This is why startups provide various platforms that allow consumers to donate or return their textile products at end-of-life periods.
Founding Year: 2020
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Use for: Textile Recycling, Eco-friendly Building Insulation Material, Textile Waste Reverse Logistics
US-based startup NexTiles facilitates textile recycling and secondary use. The startup collects textile waste from the automotive and apparel industries as feedstock to develop circular building insulation materials, Ecoblow. It is treated with a non-toxic, green coating to meet high-performance standards for heat resistance and flame retardation while also reducing environmental impacts. This, in effect, enables building owners and landlords to decrease their dependence on utilities as well as diverts textile waste from landfills.
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