As climate change continues to be a top global concern, more and more companies and individuals are taking steps to track and offset their carbon emissions.
Carbon tracking and offsetting is the process of compensating emissions by investing in projects that reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
While some argue that carbon offsetting is nothing more than a way to ease our conscience, the truth is that it can be an effective way to fight climate change.
Carbon offsetting is rising
There are many reasons why carbon offsetting is on the rise. Firstly, climate change’s effects are becoming more evident, and people are looking for ways to mitigate their impact. Additionally, carbon offsets can be used to achieve corporate sustainability goals and demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship.
Another reason carbon offsetting is gaining popularity is because it has become easier and more affordable to purchase offsets. This is an appealing solution for many people as it allows them to reduce their carbon footprint without making significant sacrifices.
The Netherlands has been a breeding ground for many innovative greentech startups, with various incubators and accelerators supporting entrepreneurs in testing their ideas, helping them get funding, and get their businesses up and running. These initiatives have played a big role in making the Netherlands a European leader in the cleantech field.
Several startups from Amsterdam have made it their mission to meet their environmental obligations. They are constantly striving to improve their sustainability levels and are working hard to set an example for other businesses to follow.
Rob van Straten, CEO of Skytree, says, “Today, it’s exciting to see a thriving climate tech startup community in Amsterdam making unprecedented leaps locally. We are fortunate to be at the heart of it all at Amsterdam Science Park to get access to the best innovative and collaborative ecosystem from academics to startups. Here at Skytree, we provide a clean and reliable alternative for current CO2 supply chains, enabling the switch from utilising fossil-fuel-based CO2.”
“In collaboration with Growy vertical farm, we have piloted our decentralised direct air capture technology that takes CO2 from ambient air onsite to generate enriched air streams to boost crop yields. By installing a Skytree unit onsite, we are proud to enable a carbon-neutral economy from Amsterdam to the world. On top of this, we minimise our carbon footprint by using clean energy provided by Vandebron and riding across the city on VanMoof e-bikes,” he adds.
While offsets are not a perfect solution, they can be a helpful way to reduce the impact on the environment. Here’re the Amsterdam-based startups working to help offset carbon footprint. We have sourced this list from Amsterdam StartupMap created in association with Dealroom.
Founder/s: Alexander Gunkel, Max Beaumont
Skytree develops decentralised direct air capture (D-DAC) for applications, and the first market it is focused on commercialising is indoor farming. The Amsterdam-based company harnesses carbon through the power of decentralised direct air capture technology.
Born out of the European Space Agency (ESA), during the development of a CO2 scrubber, space scientists evaluated over 50 sorbents. Skytree founder, Max Beaumont, was a system engineer on this team and spun out the technology through the ESA incubator program ‘ESA-BIC’.
With a decade of research & development, the company has since registered 14 patents in 5 patent families across the US, Europe, and China. In addition, Skytree says it will monetise the technology through multiple use cases.
Founder/s: Job van Hooijdonk and Bernard de Wit
Regreener aims to restore ecosystems in an impactful and transparent way by planting trees and supports certified carbon-offsetting projects on behalf of its users.
Currently, the company plants trees with its partners Eden Reforestation Projects and WeForest in Kenya, Mozambique, and Zambia.
By offering subscriptions and one-off contributions to individuals and companies, Regreener has created a complete platform to plant trees and fund CO2-reducing initiatives.
Founder/s: Sjur Usken
ClevAir is an Amsterdam-based smart building management solution that helps commercial real estate reduce energy consumption and emissions of CO2 by optimising HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition). The company combines IoT devices and ML with its SaaS-based software tool and algorithms.
The Dutch platform reduces energy consumption by 15-25 per cent and provides customers with insights, dashboards, and data to help create reports.
Founder/s: Konstantinos Kouzelis
Greencast provides digital platform that enable companies to accurately measure, understand and report their climate impact 365 days. The company’s SaaS solution with ML-driven data processing helps you identify areas of emission hotspots to achieve concrete reductions fast.
Founder/s: Ajay Varadharajan
GreenSwapp is an API for food platforms and supermarkets to track product and recipe-wise carbon footprint at scale using product metadata and machine learning. The Amsterdam startup allows its clients to track the impact of their entire inventory in seconds, identify high-impact products and suppliers to make better purchasing decisions, and communicate the climate impacts of their food to their customers.
Founder/s: Martijn van Rheenen
Perpetual Next is a climate tech company that aims to reduce climate change by upgrading organic waste streams to valuable raw materials and products for sustainable use.
The Amsterdam company does this by reusing residual flows and upgrading organic residual flows into high-quality raw materials and products while contributing to the circular economy. In addition, the company works with low-grade, regional organic residues to minimise the environmental impact.
The company’s production facilities are in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, and Estonia. In June, the Dutch company raised €320M in a Series A round of funding for technology acquisitions and projects aimed at carbon removal.
Founder/s: Felix van den Horst, Tibor Casteleijn, Wim Kamerman
Clairify has developed next-gen software and indoor air quality sensors that transform indoor air quality management and thermal comfort in buildings. The company aims to become the global leader in indoor air quality data, analytics, and reporting.