Carbon ratings agency BeZero Carbon has today announced a $50 million Series B funding round. The funds will be used to drive innovation in environmental markets through the development of ratings, risk and analytics tools.

The funding is led by US investment firm Quantum Energy Partners, with strategic investment from EDF Group through its corporate venture capital (CVC) arm EDF Pulse Ventures(1), Hitachi Ventures and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Existing investors Molten Ventures, Norrsken VC, Illuminate Financial, Qima and Contrarian Ventures also contributed funding for the round.

The latest funding round brings the total raised by BeZero Carbon to more than $70 million in the past year, reaffirming London as one of the top climate tech hubs in the world.

BeZero Carbon will now be able to invest in creating risk-based products for other ecosystem markets, and open offices in New York and Singapore. It will continue to expand its proprietary automation toolkit, deepen its earth observation capabilities, and invest in top talent to further build upon its offering as the leading ratings and research house in the Voluntary Carbon Market.

As an increasing number of companies set Net Zero targets and invest in carbon credits to support them, the Voluntary Carbon Market is set to grow rapidly. Analysis shows it could reach $50bn by 2030(2). Its growth presents an opportunity to channel significant amounts of capital into environmental projects, accelerating climate action and delivering strong financial returns.

BeZero Carbon provides more coverage than any other carbon ratings agency backed by a team of world leading climate scientists, earth observation specialists, data scientists and financial analysts to improve decision making in the market, with around a fifth of employees holding PhDs.

BeZero Carbon is both driving quality and delivering transparency in the Voluntary Carbon Market.

Its freely available ratings methodology has strict qualifying criteria and explicitly promotes better public disclosure. The more information available to interrogate a credit’s carbon efficacy, the more confidence investors and end-buyers can have that it is achieving its climate claim.

All headline ratings and summaries are also made public on its website. It is the only carbon ratings agency to do this. Paying clients can access full project assessments, research insights and risk tools through its subscription-based platform. Marketplaces and exchanges can also host the ratings through its API integration.

BeZero Carbon has a global client base including major institutions from the energy, commodities and financial sectors as well as leading climate platforms, including Watershed, Anglo American, and Equinor and Glencore. BeZero Carbon’s ratings are also available on leading carbon exchanges, such as CBL’s Xpansiv platform, and marketplaces, such as Cloverly and Patch.

Through BeZero Carbon’s partnership with ICE, the world’s largest exchange company, the companies will work to launch innovative standardised exchange traded products. Hitachi Ltd. and EDF Group both plan to use BeZero’s ratings to bolster their own sustainability initiatives and support their pathways to Net Zero and services for their customers. The partnerships will also support BeZero Carbon’s expansion into Asian and Continental European markets.

(1) EDF Pulse Ventures identifies new activities and innovative solutions and the related investments are completed by EDF Pulse Holding.