Persefoni Raises $50 Million Series C-1 Funding And Doubles Down On AI

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Persefoni Raises $50 Million Series C-1 Funding And Doubles Down On AI

Persefoni, a US-based climate software vendor, has recently announced both the launch of its latest AI product (PersefoniGPT) and a $50 million funding round. This follows several previous funding rounds, including $101 million Series B funding in 2021, and brings the total amount of investment to almost $165 million. The latest funding round was led by TPG Rise, with additional investment from Alumni Ventures, Bain and Co., Clearvision Ventures, EDF, ENEOS Innovation Partners, NGP Energy Technology Partners, Prelude Ventures, Parkway Ventures and Rise Investment Group.

This funding follows other VC investments in carbon management software, such as Watershed’s $55 million Series B funding round in June and nZero’s $16 million Series A funding round in April. Verdantix forecasts that the carbon management software market will grow to almost $1.5 billion by 2027, driven by increasingly rigorous regulations, ambitious plans for monitoring and managing net zero strategies, and increased participation in voluntary carbon markets (see Verdantix Market Size And Forecast: Carbon Management Software 2021-2027 (Global)).

This fundraising also signifies a vote of confidence in the role that AI will play in carbon emissions management. Automation is a crucial tool in reducing the technical and logistical challenges that arise when gathering, transforming and analysing vast quantities of dispersed data. These challenges are often most apparent in Scope 3 emissions management. Many platforms already use supervised machine learning for data standardization, data quality control, emissions factor allocation and emissions abatement initiative identification. Additionally, Norwegian vendor Position Green uses generative AI capabilities to provide basic descriptive data analysis.

Since being founded in 2020, Persefoni has demonstrated a unique focus on AI, both incorporating as ‘Persefoni AI Inc.’ and appointing co-founder Kim Stroh as Head of AI. Since 2022, AI has become an increasingly prominent element of Persefoni’s product offering. In April 2023, an initial model to help users map data types was supplemented with the arrival of Persefoni AI, offering capabilities that enabled automated anomaly and error detection and resolution, and suggestive emission factor allocation (see Persefoni Improves Data Accuracy With New AI Functionality For Carbon Management).

The latest release, PersefoniGPT, expands the current AI portfolio into generative capabilities, acting as a co-pilot product to support and educate Persefoni clients. Functions include guidance on regulation, management processes and platform features, intelligent alerts, a chat function, and suggestive analytical decision-making. This will aid in bridging the widening knowledge gap that is emerging as corporates are required to take on increasingly complex emissions-related responsibilities.

Alastair Foyn


Alastair is an Analyst in the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk practice. His current research agenda focuses on carbon management software and decarbonization best practices, particularly those relating to Scope 3 and industrial emissions. Prior to joining Verdantix, Alastair worked at Tyler Grange, where he gained experience in consultancy practices and environmental strategy. Alastair holds a First Class BSc in Biological Sciences from Durham University, as well as an MSc in Sustainable Development, with Distinction, from the University of St Andrews.