Strategic Focus: Growing Reliance On Geospatial Data For ESG And Sustainability

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Executive Summary

The demand for more granular ESG data is expected to increase, as a result of net zero commitments, regained confidence in the voluntary carbon market, upcoming regulations around methane emissions and climate risk disclosures becoming mandatory. Satellite-based data offer accurate and timely information for corporates and investors, for uses ranging from monitoring and reducing GHG emissions to a risk-averse allocation of capital. This report gives an overview of the main drivers of geospatial data application for ESG and the variety of use cases associated with it, from supply chain management to monitoring methane leaks and biodiversity loss. Once limited by availability, a wave of investment for geospatial data providers and geospatial-informed analytics tools is enhancing the granularity and frequency of the data captured, and a growing number of new vendors are joining the market.

Table of contents

Geospatial Data Are Powerful Tools To Achieve ESG Goals 
Net Zero Targets And Regulations Are Driving The Need For More Granular Data
Geospatial Data Provide Unparalleled ESG Insight
The Number Of Geospatial-Powered Software Vendors Has Exploded In Recent Years
Use Cases Of Geospatial Data: The Key To ESG Success

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Figure 1. Investments In Geospatial-Based ESG Solutions In 2022  
Figure 2. Uses And Users Of Geospatial Data

About the authors

Alessandra Leggieri

Industry Analyst
Alessandra Leggieri is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk practice. Her current research agenda focuses on solutions for GHG emissions and net zero management, covering technologies and services. Prior to joining Verdantix, Alessandra completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability
Kimberly Knickle is Research Director of the ESG & Sustainability practice at Verdantix. Her research areas encompass ESG regulations and reporting, ESG risk, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact, and sustainable finance. Kim has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Kim holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell.

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