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    The tipping point is near… To avoid a climate change catastrophe, it’s vital that we all pull together. Today’s cleantech start-up is at the forefront of the battle to save the environment, and create an efficient yet sustainable future.

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    Startup of the Day

    Earthbanc, Stockholm (Sweden)

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    Summary: Earthbanc offers green digital investment plans emphasizing effective climate change action. It’s one of the world’s first providers of Carbon & ESG (environmental social governance) reporting. In 2019, Earthbanc produced a yield of around 6%, while monetizing the carbon from 750k trees. Currently, the company serves around 23,000 active users through its B2B2C model.

    What’s the deal: As we witness the Earth slowly approaching the environmental tipping point, it has become absolutely crucial that we all deal with climate change together.

    At the forefront of this initiative are cleantech startups, motivated by the same vision of making society and the economy more efficient and sustainable.

    Earthbanc is one of those startups, offering green digital investment plans emphasizing effective climate change action by developing and deploying advanced carbon offsets through corporate and financial market segments.

    It’s one of the world’s first providers of Carbon & ESG reporting, and provides Sustainable Finance API services to financial institutions, banks, and asset managers. For its green cause, it has raised €700K in seed funding.

    Why it matters: Whereas most banks offer sustainable loans in the form of solar loans or electric car financing, Earthbanc adopts a much deeper data-driven approach, allowing the automatic generation of sustainable loan opportunities.

    Both ESG reporting and sustainable loans enable financial companies to detect loan opportunities for fleet enhancement, cutting costs and building retrofits for a more energy-efficient process, while reducing greenhouse gas emission.

    Our take: While the road to a low-carbon future is long and hugely challenging, green fintech will play an essential role in achieving this goal.

    But, as more fintech companies add ESG options, competition for Earthbanc is likely to prove expensive.

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