100 Best Cleantech Companies of 2016

“Cleantech” or Clean technology refers to any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities.

Since 2011, Cleantech Group has presented awards in nine categories to clean technology innovators from the top 100 list. These awards are presented each year at the Global Cleantech Gala.

Here’s the link for the Best 100 Cleantech companies- https://i3connect.com/gct100/the-list

Impact of the Global Cleantech 100

Dr Ralf Martin, the lead researcher from Imperial College Business School, said: “Our research shows that clean technologies are not only environmentally friendly but they have the potential to make businesses more innovative , which can lead to economic benefits, especially if support is targeted at radical clean technologies that avoid fossil fuels altogether. Clean technologies are a relatively untapped source of wealth for countries all over the world. They could have a transformative impact on the global economy in a similar way that Information and Communications technologies did.”

While global cleantech aims to identify companies set to make an impact over the next 5-10 years, these companies have already made positive gains through sustainable innovation around the world.

The four main categories of the impact of cleantech are Greenhouse gases, Solar, Water and Buildings. There are different ways of measuring impact that these cleantech companies produces.

Google’s models show that enough cleantech innovations can add 1.1 million jobs and $158 billion to the US GDP per year while cutting energy costs by $942 per household annually all by 2030.

3 Examples of Top Cleantech companies

Here are 3 cleantech companies that are included in the top 100 Best Global cleantech companies that have created positive impact economically and environmentally over the years.

Waka Waka– This dutch company develops, manufactures and markets efficient solar lamps and chargers.

The Environmental benefit of Waka Waka solar lamps

Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting, yet they are very inefficient, dangerous and expensive. Burning kerosene is a major contributor to climate change: “A single fuel based lantern used 4 h/d was estimated to emit more than 100 kg of CO2 per year, corresponding to 190 million tonnes annually by all fuel-based lighting in houses without electricity” (Lam N. et al UC Berkeley 2012). Kerosene lamps also release 1/3 of the world’s black carbon into the atmosphere. One gram of black carbon warms the atmosphere several hundred times more in days than one gram of carbon dioxide in 100s of years” (Jacobson et al 2013, The Brookings Insitution). Also, resources used for lighting, such as wood, lead to deforestation and land degradation.

Digital Lumens– A U.S. company and developer of intelligent lighting systems for industrial facilities that reduce light energy use and provide control and reporting capabilities.

The Intelligent LED Lighting System is proven to deliver lighting energy savings of 90% in customer deployments. All Digital Lumens intelligent LED fixtures have fully integrated occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors, power monitoring, local intelligence, wireless networking and full integration with Digital Lumens’ LightRules® web-based management software.

BreezoMeter- This Israel- based company is a provider of dynamic air quality in real-time to help municipalities, smart cities and businesses make informed decisions on our well-being.

Breezometer is similar to Accuweather and is passionate about building the most informative, high impact products, and has developed expertise in providing highly accurate air quality data and useful recommendations that improve people’s lives.

Cleantech companies does not only create positive impact environmentally but it also creates millions of jobs and opportunities for people. The markets for clean technologies, while still nascent, will rise significantly. The number of companies offering clean-tech goods and services will experience a similar growth curve, with hundreds of start-ups reminiscent of early markets for e-business, telecom, and wireless technologies. Investments money will pour into clean technology firms at an accelerating rate as investors view clean tech’s attractive growth potential.

Clean technologies stand to provide significant relief to shortages in energy, water, and other natural resources, while providing a path for both developed and developing countries to address such pressing concerns as greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, resource scarcity, and air and water pollution.

Moreover, clean technologies will engender a variety of social benefits, from reduced illness and infant mortality to citizens’ improved ability to hold meaningful jobs and raise families. As such, cleantech increasingly will become a cornerstone of the growing global movement toward a more just and sustainable society. Although, the success of clean technologies will depend nearly as much on government investments and policies as on companies’ entrepreneurial and marketing skills.