In this episode of Sustainability Talks, our Managing Partner Rob Genieser checks back in with Professor Tim Benton, Chair of Chatham House’s Climate Change Science programme, that works to develop evidence-based solutions for tackling climate change.
Our regular listeners will remember that Professor Benton was a guest on the podcast back in March 2023. Tim is back to discuss the key points from COP28 and the prospects for climate investment and action in 2024. Tim shares his expert insights on how environmental risks impact societies and the strategies needed to mitigate, adapt to, and build resilience against these risks. Tim and Rob also discuss the ongoing challenges around food security, a pressing concern in the context of climate change.
About Professor Tim Benton
Professor Tim G. Benton leads the Environment and Society Centre at Chatham House. He joined Chatham House in 2016 as a distinguished visiting fellow, at which time he was also dean of strategic research initiatives at the University of Leeds. From 2011–16 he was the ‘champion’ of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food.
As a leading expert on food security and food systems, he has worked with UK governments, the EU, G20 and a range of other governments around the world, as well as leading businesses and civil society organizations, and has conducted many foresight exercises on the future of food systems, how to increase their resilience to climate change, reduce their environmental footprints and increase public health through nutrition. He has been a global agenda steward of the World Economic Forum and was an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Food, Land and Climate (2019), and the UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessment (2017, 2022).
He has published more than 200 academic papers, many tackling how systems respond to environmental change. He has an h-index of 83, and >35,000 citations on GoogleScholar. His work on sustainability leadership has been recognized with an honorary fellowship of the UK’s Society for the Environment, and a doctorate honoris causa from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He also remains a (part-time) Research Professor at the University of Leeds.
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Drumroll, please! 🥁 We’re thrilled to announce that our portfolio company, Wirepas, has clinched the prestigious Frost & Sullivan’s 2024 Global Technology Innovation Leadership Award! This accolade is a testament to their exceptional performance in the non-cellular 5G network infrastructure industry.
Frost & Sullivan’s exhaustive analytical process, which scrutinises numerous nominees across various criteria, has shone a spotlight on Wirepas’s excellence in the non-cellular 5G network infrastructure realm.
With millions of devices around the globe already benefiting from Wirepas’s technology, it’s clear that their next-gen IoT solutions are making waves. The versatility, easy deployment, and favorable economics of the Wirepas Connectivity Suite, including a non-cellular 5G option, are truly game-changing.
So here’s a round of applause 👏 for the team at Wirepas. Your innovation continues to inspire us all at ETF Partners.
To delve into more details, check out the post HERE.
It’s that Friday feeling! 🚨 We’ve just published the latest edition of our newsletter which is jam-packed with cutting-edge insights into the future of sustainability, the trends impacting the climate-tech industry, and a spotlight on the innovations driving the sector forward.
Featured in this month’s update are:
♻️ A brand-new episode of ‘Sustainability Talks’ featuring Maryam Golnaraghi, Ph.D., PhD, the Director of Climate Change & Environment at The Geneva Association, the global association of insurance companies.
♻️ Our Managing Partner, Patrick Sheehan’s thought-provoking interview with Real Deals.
♻️ Our latest Medium blog on the key areas we are focusing on for this year.
And from across our portfolio:
♻️ GenPhoenix featured in Vogue Business.
♻️ TravelTime joining forces with BT Group.
♻️ Zeelo on the acquisition of school transportation and transport safeguarding software Kura.
♻️ Basemark included on the esteemed TechTour Growth50 List.
♻️ Intigriti on the launch of its Vulnerability Disclosure Program in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company.
♻️ Normative.io CEO Kristian Rönn on the Digital Supply Chain podcast.
♻️ Dexter Energy’s CCO Hubert Penn shares a thought-provoking piece on the short-term power trading landscape.
♻️ Fairly Made®’s insightful article on traceability’s critical role in the fashion industry.
Read all these stories and more in the latest edition of our newsletter HERE.
The Indian government has embarked on an ambitious journey to modernise its power grid system, with a strong commitment to sustainability and technological innovation. This initiative is set to transform the country’s energy landscape, aiming to minimise losses and enhance both operational and financial efficiencies.
A pivotal element in this process is the implementation of smart meters, devices renowned for their ability to provide precise energy usage data and enable efficient energy management. Our portfolio company Wirepas, a global leader in IoT connectivity solutions, alongside their partner Silicon Labs, are at the forefront of this transformative initiative.
With their extensive expertise in smart meter technology, they are well-equipped to address the multifaceted challenges associated with this vast modernisation project. Their innovative solutions will undoubtedly play a crucial role in turning this ambitious vision into reality, contributing significantly to the country’s sustainable development goals.
To learn more about this exciting venture and the impact it’s set to make, check out the link HERE.
“The time when businesses could ignore their #SupplyChain impact is drawing to a close.”
With the introduction of the EU’s #CSDDD (Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive), businesses worldwide will face more stringent #sustainability standards, including a clear pathway to #netzero.
Our portfolio company, Normative.io, has penned an insightful article shedding light on the CSDDD. It provides a comprehensive analysis of what this directive means for businesses and offers practical steps towards ensuring compliance.
The disruption and challenges in global supply chains, heightened by the ongoing pandemic, have emphasised the urgent need for sustainable, resilient, and close-to-home supply chains. Furthermore, the increasing focus on corporate climate pledges necessitates a reevaluation of supply chain impacts.
As we navigate these shifting landscapes, understanding regulatory changes like the CSDDD becomes crucial. It’s time to rethink our approach to supply chains, not just as cost and efficiency drivers, but as a significant component of our sustainability commitments.
Dive into the full article HERE.
Success stories are often the highlight reel of a journey that is punctuated by trials, errors, and learning from failure. One such inspiring journey is that of Rafel Jorda Siquier, the dynamic CEO and Founder of our portfolio company, Open Cosmos.
Open Cosmos has become synonymous with success in the space industry, but it didn’t happen overnight. It took courage, perseverance, and an unwavering belief in their mission to democratise space. The story behind Open Cosmos’s 100% success rate is a testament to this.
Rafel’s journey with Open Cosmos began in 2015, and since then, he has been at the forefront of making space more accessible. His vision has propelled Open Cosmos to become a Harwell Space Cluster Success Story, and his leadership has led to Open Cosmos securing $50 million in Series B funding.
Not only has Open Cosmos launched successful satellites like MANTIS and PLATERO, but they have also attracted investment from a myriad of distinguished global investors, further cementing their place as one of the fastest-growing companies in the satellite sector.
Make sure to watch this video where Rafel shares the story behind Open Cosmos’s remarkable success rate. It’s not just a tale of a company’s success, but a testament to the power of resilience, innovation, and the pursuit of a vision.
Read more about satellite missions HERE and watch the video HERE.
Big news from the Zeelo HQ today!
Our portfolio company Zeelo, the leading global transit-tech company, has acquired UK-based Kura, a specialist in school transportation and transport safeguarding software.
The acquisition comes on the heels of their recent $14M fundraising announcement and further accelerates Zeelo’s profitability in the UK.
On the announcement of the acquisition, Sam Ryan, Co Founder & CEO of Zeelo said ‘After our recent $14M fundraise announcement, I’m delighted to be sharing the news of further growth through the acquisition of Kura. We were impressed with the world class technology and the high quality service delivery provided by the Kura team. Their complimentary business model will further accelerate our profitability in the UK. This is the first of many M&A opportunities that will play an important role in our growth strategy as we continue to scale in the UK and US markets.’
Congratulations to the teams at Zeelo and Kura from everyone at ETF Partners.
Read more on the acquisition HERE.
Our portfolio company, TravelTime, known for its revolutionary technology in location data, is joining forces with the renowned BT Group! 👏
With TravelTime’s API, BT is set to elevate its operational efficiency by optimising workforce, fleet, and inventory management like never before. In other words, they’re turning the dial up on productivity and sustainability, and we couldn’t be more excited about what this means for the future
We’re incredibly proud to be part of this journey with TravelTime and BT, and we can’t wait to see where this partnership will lead. Congratulations to both companies from all of us at ETF Partners.
Sustainability never goes out of style, and we’re thrilled to see our portfolio company, GenPhoenix, in the spotlight. Their partner, Coach, was recently featured in Vogue Business, highlighting the use of GenPhoenix’s recycled materials. This collaboration significantly reduces the carbon footprint of Coach’s final product, emphasising the importance and impact of sustainable practices.
We couldn’t agree more with these wise words in the article from Coach’s Joon Silverstein:
“We can’t just improve the system we already have. We have to rethink it.”
Read the full article HERE.
It is always gratifying to witness our portfolio companies apply their innovative solutions to make a meaningful impact in the real world. A great example of this is a recent project by Coptrz and TEXO in partnership with our portfolio company, Flyability. Together, the companies have successfully executed the UK’s largest asset inspection.
The venue for this landmark project was none other than the Leadenhall Building. Known as one of the most iconic skyscrapers in central London, it presented an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate the potential of drone technology in industrial inspections. Using drones didn’t just facilitate a thorough inspection of this colossal structure, but it also resulted in substantial cost savings. The project saved an impressive £300,000, underlining the financial benefits of integrating advanced tech solutions into traditional processes.
This venture goes beyond showcasing the power of innovation. It highlights the importance of sustainability and how technology can contribute to greener practices. By using drones, we avoid the environmental impact associated with more traditional methods of skyscraper inspections.
Experience the ingenuity of this project firsthand by watching the video HERE.
We’re thrilled to share some remarkable news from our portfolio company, Intigriti. The global beverage giant, The Coca-Cola Company, has officially launched its Vulnerability Disclosure Program in partnership with our portfolio company, Intigriti!
In an effort to bolster their digital security infrastructure, Coca-Cola is leveraging Intigriti’s robust worldwide network of ethical hackers. These skilled professionals will work diligently to identify potential vulnerabilities within Coca-Cola’s systems, helping the company stay ahead of any potential threats.
This collaboration signifies Coca-Cola’s proactive approach to cybersecurity and highlights the importance of ethical hacking in today’s digital age. It’s not just about identifying weaknesses; it’s about transforming these vulnerabilities into strengths, ensuring the protection of consumer data and maintaining trust!
Read more about this exciting development HERE.