2021 Global Cleantech 100 Special Awards Presented at January Cleantech Forum Season


From Chaos to Transformation: Cleantech Group announces the 2021 Global Cleantech 100, the companies with the most promising solutions for a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient world. This year’s Special Awards for companies outstanding in their fields announced at Cleantech Forum Europe and Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

icon global cleantech100San Francisco, CA. – 20 January, 2021 (10:00 a.m. PST):  Out of thousands of innovators from across the globe, the Global Cleantech 100 is a selection of the most innovative and promising companies that will take us from climate chaos to transformation. Our annual list contains the private, independent and for-profit companies best positioned to drive sustainability and change.

This is the 12th edition of the of the widely respected list and this year’s cohort includes innovators from 15 countries, with just over half located in the US and the rest hailing from Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. The sectors covered are: Agriculture & Food, Enabling Technologies, Energy & Power, Materials & Chemicals, Transportation & Logistics and Resources & Environment.

The Selection Process

The Global Cleantech 100 combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from a 91-member Expert Panel composed of leading investors and executives active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the Expert Panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the cleantech innovation ecosystem.

We are delighted to welcome 50 companies for their first time on this year’s new Global Cleantech 100. This replacement rate speaks to the healthy maturing of this innovation ecosystem and to some specific impacts of Covid-19,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group.

On the one hand, the 2021 list reflects the long-running mega-trends like decarbonization, digitization electrification and the ever-increasing volumes of deployed renewable energy. On the other, Covid 19’s impact is evident- for example, in the uptick in automation and robotics-enabled solutions, in logistics and supply chain solutions, and solutions in the food chain to prevent, reduce and repurpose food waste. Resilience is a new critical factor at play.”

The Global Cleantech 100 program continues to be sponsored by Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. 

Download the full report here.

Special Awards

Cleantech Group announced and presented a series of awards  at the Cleantech Forum Europe (January 12-14, 2021, and Cleantech Forum San Francisco, January 19-21). 

Company of the Year was awarded in each of three regions to the highest-ranked company from that region:

  • North America: Carbon Engineering, developer of technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at industrial scale.
  • Europe & Israel: TWAICE, developer of predictive analytics software for batteries 
  • Asia Pacific: Dishangtie (DST), provider of charging and management solutions for new energy vehicle fleets.

Other categories:

  • Rising Star of the Year, given to the highest-ranked new entrant(s) on this year’s list: Boston Materials, manufacturer of advanced composite materials for light-weighting in transportation, aerospace, consumer electronics and industrial applications.
  • Early Stage Company of the Year, given to the highest-ranked early stage company: Lilac Solutions, provider of lithium extraction services.
  • Graduate of the Year, awarded to the most impressive exit, (as rated, by the financial investors in the expert panel) of a of Global Cleantech 100 alumnus.  The exit must have happened in the 12 months prior to the cut-off date: OSIsoft, provider of enterprise software infrastructure for real-time data (acquisition by AVEVA).

About Cleantech Group

At Cleantech Group, we provide research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. We bring clients access to the trends, companies and people shaping the future and the customized advice and support businesses need to engage in external innovation.

Industries are undergoing definitive transitions toward a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource efficient industrial future. |At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, our services bring corporate change makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the support they need to thrive in this fast arriving and uncertain future.

The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with people based in London, Paris and Boston.

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