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  1. The startups that could close the greenwashing loopholes

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    One of the biggest challenges in the fight to meet net-zero is how companies can accurately measure their carbon emissions and that of their suppliers and customers. The task of carbon accounting is vast and complex, but vital, if companies want to be truly carbon neutral and not be accused of “greenwashing.”

    The process of measuring carbon needs a revolution similar to fintech’s”, writes Parmy Olson in a recent article for Bloomberg Opinion.

    One of the companies at the forefront of this revolution is our portfolio company Normative.io, a leading carbon-accounting company. Normative provides science-based carbon accounting software and tailored advice from net zero experts that enables companies to accurately track their scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions and reduce their carbon footprints.

    You can read the full article HERE.

  2. Webinar: Sustainable Monitoring for Environmental Projects

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    An enlightening and topical webinar from the team at Worldsensing discussing how they ensure construction projects are more sustainable.

    The webinar covers various interesting themes, including sustainable monitoring, IoT remote monitoring, and the potential impact of the United States’ $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The team presents concrete suggestions for effectively monitoring construction projects using modern, digital technologies for the audience.

    You can watch the webinar in full HERE.

  3. BVCA 10 Steps to Net Zero: Private Capital in Action

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    Following #COP26, the discussions around what businesses are doing to tackle climate change will intensify. The private equity and venture capital industries are committed to playing a leading role in the fight against climate change and towards achieving net-zero emissions.

    In their latest report – “10 Steps to Net Zero: Private Capital in Action” – British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) presents a selection of businesses that are acting, right now, to help protect the planet and achieve Net-Zero.

    Every case study in this report features a company or initiative working in its innovative way to combat climate change, reduce carbon emissions and safeguard our world against rising temperatures.

    One such company is our portfolio company ELeather, whose revolutionary process transforms unused leather into advanced materials while achieving a significantly lower environmental footprint.

    At ETF Partners, we are proud to support ELeather in their continued growth into consumer and lifestyle markets, as well as the automotive sector, where they can introduce the benefits of high-performance, sustainable material that addresses consumer demands.

    Read the report in full HERE.

  4. ELeather being celebrated by the BVCA for their pioneering work creating sustainably engineered materials

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    We’re thrilled to see our portfolio company ELeather being celebrated by the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) for their pioneering work creating sustainably engineered materials.

    The company’s revolutionary process transforms unused leather into advanced materials while achieving a significantly lower environmental footprint.

    With COP26 currently underway and the vital objective of reducing carbon emissions in sharp focus, this is a great example of the innovative work being done by UK entrepreneurs and startups to expand access to sustainable green products.

    More about ELeather HERE.

  5. Will the UK’s newfound love of walking go the distance?

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    With world leaders gathering in Glasgow this week for COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference, the looming climate emergency is in sharp focus. So far 113 countries have submitted new plans to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. As plans are unveiled and negotiations commence, many of us will also be thinking about the individual contributions and adaptations we can make towards this goal.

    Our Investment Manager Lucy Rands explores this in more detail in her latest Medium article which looks at the UK’s newfound love of walking based on new data from our portfolio company, TravelTime, which indicates that in 2020 there was a 1700% surge in travel searches by foot.

    Read more on our Medium blog HERE.

  6. ETF Partners Newsletter – October 2021

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    It’s was an exciting and eventful month here at ETF Partners. October saw us welcome aboard a new portfolio company with our investment in Normative, the world’s first emissions accounting engine.

    We also shared our latest Medium Q&A with the CEO of Vulog Gregory Ducongé while our partner Remy de Tonnac attended the Invest Europe Venture Capital Forum in Paris. Remy spoke on the Impact Investment panel joining fellow panellists Dr. Erin SARRET, Catherine Dupere, Nazo Moosa, and moderator Mathilde Ostertag.

    In this edition we also highlight the launch of COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference, a huge milestone moment in the future of climate change!

    For all this as well as the latest news from our portfolio companies, read the latest issue of the ETF Partners Newsletter HERE.

    And don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to get all the latest news and insights in the world of sustainability!

  7. Greenbird delivers Data Integration Platform to Danish utilities

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    A hugely exciting announcement from our portfolio company Greenbird Integration Technology who have recently partnered with KMD, one of Denmark’s largest IT companies!

    The partnership between these two companies will bring greater access to high-quality data and improved data sharing to Danish utilities’ consortium, VISUE. This will enable members of the consortium to deliver the rapid innovation necessary in a dynamic energy landscape.

    We have been working with our partner, KMD to understand and address the specific client challenges and opportunities at VISUE. With the Utilihive integration platform in place, data silos can be broken down and more data can be made available to market participants. Utilities that will have access to the platform can benefit from advanced insights from their own data and operations, but also combined and shared resources across the consortium. This level of unified data access will help turn data into knowledge and enable new innovation and service for its clients” – Jon Terje Heggen, Greenbird Integration Technology’s VP Partner Development.

    Read more about the partnership HERE.

  8. Normative at UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) – Glasgow 2021

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    Next week, as we are all aware, is a significant milestone for the future of climate change, with the UK hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (#COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

    The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    One such party is our portfolio company Normative.io whose CEO Kristian Rönn will be discussing the company’s work with Google. Normative.io are the world’s leading emissions accounting engine, helping businesses calculate their entire climate footprint and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

    Google’s engineers have been supporting Normative.io as they build a free starter version of their market-leading product. Jen Carter of technology and volunteering at Google, recently told CNBC International, “We’re thrilled to provide both funding and tech talent to help Normative build a solution that will make measurement more accessible.

    For more information on COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference, click HERE.

  9. Deepsea Technologies launching 10% initiative to reduce CΟ2 emissions

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    Brilliant news as our portfolio company DeepSea Technologies announce the launch of their new ‘10% Initiative’, a movement to reduce energy usage by 10%!

    The project welcomes ship owners and operators at any stage of their decarbonisation journey to leverage DeepSea Technologies’ latest AI and data-driven technology to enable major energy efficiency improvements.

    This project is a commitment by DeepSea Technologies and the members of the cohort to work collaboratively and do something real, measurable, and impactful – with tangible benefits for everyone.

    More importantly, the approach is proven, cost-effective and can be achieved within 12 months!

    Find out more about DeepSea Technologies and the 10% Initiative HERE.

  10. A mission to democratise 5G

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    A globally significant announcement from our portfolio company Wirepas who have seen their world first non-cellular 5G technology standard recognised by the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and included as part of the 5G standards in IMT-2020 technology recommendation.

    The new IoT standard brings 5G to the reach of everyone as it lets any enterprise set up and manage its own network autonomously with no operators anywhere in the world. It eliminates network infrastructure, and single point of failure – at a tenth of the cost in comparison to cellular solutions.

    Why should cutting-edge connectivity be optimized for a selected few? Why should only the few benefits from technology mastery and collect profits? We believe latest technology made affordable is the foundation of a more egalitarian business environment, a more egalitarian world. Wirepas opened its revolutionary mesh technology to everyone and the resulting new 5G IoT standard has been built ground up so that anyone, even small and mid-size companies, can afford and understand it. This is the first technology that can cost-efficiently connect millions of devices. It’s the first step towards digitalization for masses with much more to come”, says Teppo Hemiä, CEO of Wirepas.

    Read more about Wirepas and their ground-breaking work HERE.

  11. Our portfolio company, The Modern Milkman selected for Tech Nation’s scaleup programme!

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    We’re thrilled to see that our portfolio company, The Modern Milkman, have been selected for Tech Nation’s scaleup programme!

    The six-month government-backed ‘Upscale 7.0’ programme was designed to support and scale the most promising mid-stage tech companies in the UK at a critical stage of growth.

    The inclusion of The Modern Milkman, a company committed to revolutionising consumer habits by delivering fresh ways to return and reuse packaging, shop ethically and feel good about convenience, highlights the increasing attention and growth of the innovative agritech & foodtech space.

    Find out more about the ‘Upscale 7.0’ programme and the great work The Modern Milkman are doing HERE.

  12. Last mile logistics 2021-2: New state of the industry report by Urbantz

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    Our portfolio company URBANTZ recently released their annual ‘State of the Industry’ report for 2021-22.

    The report critiques and examines the biggest challenges and opportunities for retailers and 3PLs including:

    – the aftermath and lingering effects of the pandemic
    – the increasing complexity of fulfilment and delivery networks
    – greater degrees of automation being introduced in the last mile
    – the growing importance of experiential deliveries
    – the continuing rise of emissions and how to position sustainability at the heart of the process

    You can read the report in full HERE.