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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Carbon Emissions Reduction Solutions
The 5 solutions you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 carbon emissions reduction solutions our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 248 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
CubicFarms provides access to Localized Food
Long supply chains in the agriculture and food industries contribute large amounts of carbon emissions. Moreover, dependence on long supply chains results in food poverty and waste, as well as leaves people vulnerable as witnessed during COVID-induced disruptions. Localized food solutions increase food self-reliance for local communities and reduce carbon emissions in the industry.
Canadian startup CubicFarms offers onsite commercial-scale food and feed technologies. The startup provides automated growing machines that help farmers grow fresh produce and achieve efficient high-volume plant propagation. The solution reduces the need for water and eliminates the need for toxic agrochemicals. It further lowers carbon emissions by minimizing the physical footprint and energy consumption involved in farming.
Babylon simplifies Indoor Farming
In addition to local food chains, indoor farming also greatly reduces the need for long supply chains. AgriTech startups are working on a range of indoor farming solutions, particularly targeted at the urban population. These solutions often recycle water and any food waste, thereby further enhancing their eco-friendliness. Indoor farming solutions, such as vertical farming, lead to higher yield per square meter while reducing carbon emissions.
Babylon is a US-based startup providing indoor farming solutions. The startup provides high-quality non-GMO seeds and heirloom plant varieties of lettuces, greens, specialty items, herbs, and edible flowers. Its smart indoor farming system remotely manages the farm’s optimal conditions, while an app guides the growers throughout the process. Babylon’s solutions reduce water and fertilizer usage and the need for transportation, leading to significantly lower carbon emissions.
MyEasyFarm develops a Precision Farming Platform
A significant proportion of carbon emissions in the agriculture sector arise from the use of unsustainable agrochemicals and their downstream effects. Precision farming solutions reduce their use by determining exactly how much fertilizer or pesticide is needed at each spot on the farm. These solutions use satellites, spectroscopy, and the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to monitor plants in real-time.
MyEasyFarm is a French startup that develops a precision farming platform. The startup’s MyEasyCarbon platform aggregates agricultural data from satellites, soil, and equipment to track crops and interventions on each plot. It is compliant with the Low Carbon Label climate certification and calculates the effective annual balance of carbon credits gained from its operations.
FlyFarm enables Organic Waste Upcycling
Food production contributes to carbon emissions from land use, livestock, as well as supply chains. Consequently, any agricultural or food waste contributes to unnecessary emissions. Organic waste upcycling solutions turn waste into valuable products, reducing the carbon footprint of food production. AgriTech startups are innovating with insect farming as a means of inexpensive and sustainable waste upcycling.
Hong Kong-based startup FlyFarm breeds insects to upcycle organic waste. The startup’s FlyFarm Production System (FPS) uses mechatronics and IoT sensors to increase production scale and efficiency for insect farmers. It utilizes waste and byproducts from different streams, including breweries, soy processing plants, and vegetable processing plants. FlyFarm’s black soldier fly larvae find applications as feed, supplement, and fertilizer.
Volta Greentech reduces Methane Emissions
Livestock, particularly cows, are major emitters of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide. The methane gas is produced by bacteria in ruminant guts, with a single cow producing up to 120 kilograms of it per year. AgriTech startups are engineering feed additives and supplements that limit the activity of methanogenic bacteria in the gut. In addition to reducing emissions, these solutions also improve the efficiency of feed utilization.
Volta Greentech is a Swedish startup developing a feed supplement to reduce methane emissions from cows. The startup’s supplement consists of red seaweeds and enzymes that block the action of microbial methanogens. It eliminates methane gas production, making the energy available for the cattle. The startup employs a land-based seaweed cultivation method to optimize temperature, light, and nutrients.
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