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 specialised in Net Zero & Climate Risk. Her background is in Biology (BSc Imperial College London), with a focus on Environmental Sciences. Prior to joining Verdantix she completed a Master's degree in Environmental Technology with Distinction. Her thesis project looked at biodiversity-friendly pest management decisions in communal gardens, which involved a collaboration with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. She has experience with both quantitative and qualitative data analysis, using R and NVivo.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Kim leads the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice, addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology and services. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG regulatory and market drivers, sustainability reporting, risk management, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact.  Knickle 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.  Knickle holds a MBA from Boston University and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell.

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