Expanding Accessibility Through Partnership: Climate Neutral x Novata

Austin Whitman
May 31, 2022
We have always believed that carbon estimation should be easy and accessible. Our new partnership with Novata expands impact by getting more companies to estimate their emissions.

Climate Neutral has long sought to make it easier for companies to measure carbon emissions. Early on we developed a time-efficient way to do this so that our certifying brands could stand up climate programs more quickly, and focus on the work of implementing them. Along the way, we discovered that our measurement tools had a clear purpose even when companies were not planning to get certified immediately. So we developed a secondary impact goal around simply getting more companies to estimate their emissions.

Which is why we’re beyond excited to announce a strategic partnership with Novata to expand access to our Brand Emissions Estimator. When we met the team at Novata, we discovered such a strong overlap in both technology goals and values that it was an obvious opportunity to get more companies started with carbon measurement. The result is our first embedded technology partnership. Through it, we're aiming to reach hundreds of private companies and get them on their climate journey faster. 

Austin Whitman

Novata and Climate Neutral Announce Partnership to Provide Private Companies with Carbon Data Solution Through Integrated Emissions Estimator

The two mission-driven organizations join forces to launch carbon estimation capability now available in Novata’s platform

NEW YORK – (May 24, 2022) – Novata, the leading ESG data management platform built for the private markets, and Climate Neutral, a pioneering 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with brands and consumers to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, today announce a strategic partnership to provide the private markets with a holistic ESG solution that simplifies the process of collecting carbon data. Climate Neutral’s Business Emissions Evaluator (BEE) is now seamlessly integrated into Novata’s platform so that customers can simply and efficiently estimate their total carbon inventory.

Novata’s platform provides customers with a clear starting point for selecting ESG metrics, painless data collection into a secure database, and data insights and analytics tools to inform investment decisions. Climate Neutral’s BEE, which is built to make carbon accounting more widely accessible, is now integrated in Novata’s platform to provide GPs, LPs, and private companies with a low-cost, first-step emissions measurement tool. The integration will enable private companies to tackle the complex challenge of understanding their climate impact and climate risks – an essential component of ESG data collection.

“Novata and Climate Neutral are mutually aligned in our goal to help empower companies to move from ESG measurement to action as quickly as possible and getting a handle on the drivers of your carbon footprint is a core step in that process,” said Josh Green, Chief Operating Officer at Novata. “Together, we aim to meet our customers wherever they are on their ESG journey by giving them access to impactful tools, such as Climate Neutral’s BEE, that make carbon measurement more readily accessible and reduce the time and expertise required to track these key metrics.”

With mounting pressure from regulators, investors, customers, and employees to increase data transparency, the integrated tool is the simple first step for PE firms that are unsure where to begin with carbon data collection. It will empower Novata customers with a better understanding of their climate emissions, thus enabling companies and their investors to find ways to reduce these emissions.

“Our goal is for Climate Neutral to bring action-focused tools to consumers and businesses at a large scale, so that all of them can play a role in advancing solutions to climate change,” said Austin Whitman, CEO of Climate Neutral. “This is an exciting partnership for us, since Novata shares our commitment to impact, and is working in a market that many firms overlook. Together we hope to bring carbon awareness to thousands of companies in the near future, setting them on course to manage emissions appropriately and accountably.”

Designed as a self-service tool, the BEE enables companies to develop a first estimate of emissions, including supply chain impacts, and then go on to conduct deeper analysis. The tool, which is used by hundreds of Climate Neutral Certified companies, provides outputs that allow companies to strategize and plan for investments in avoiding, removing, and reducing emissions. Learn more about the Business Emissions Evaluator (BEE).

About Novata

Novata is a public benefit corporation created to enable the private markets to achieve a more sustainable and inclusive form of capitalism. Novata helps private equity firms and private companies to navigate the complex ESG landscape more easily by providing a technology platform that simplifies the process of selecting reporting metrics, provides clear and simple guidance for painless data collection, hosts a cutting-edge secure contributory database to store data, and offers unique tools for analysis and seamless reporting to key stakeholders, including limited partners and regulators. Novata was formed as a partnership of the Ford Foundation, S&P Global, Hamilton Lane and Omidyar Network and is majority-controlled by mission-driven organizations and its employees. For more information, please visit https://www.novata.com/.

About Climate Neutral

Climate Neutral is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with brands and consumers to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. The label, Climate Neutral Certified, is a trusted, independent standard for climate neutrality. It is earned by brands who measure, offset, and reduce the emissions from making and delivering products and services to customers. Through its certification, brand community, consumer awareness campaigns, and suite of accessible tools and resources, Climate Neutral is motivating consumers to get more brands to take immediate and measurable action against the climate crisis. To learn more, visit climateneutral.org.

Media Inquiries:

Novata: Katie Stueber, press@novata.com

Climate Neutral: Maddie Jarrard, Purple Orange Communications, press@climateneutral.org

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About the Author

Austin Whitman
CEO, Change Climate

Austin Whitman is the CEO of The Change Climate Project. He started working on climate and clean energy 19 years ago and believes companies and individuals can make a huge difference for the climate if they're just shown how. When he's not engrossed in organization-building, he's probably with his family or being an amateur at one of his many hobbies.

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