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Transportation innovation a 'hot' sector in CleanTech 100

Thousands of data-points, objective and subjective, quantitative and qualitative, are pulled together from all over the world

The list highlights those companies that are active in sustainable innovation
The list highlights those companies that are active in sustainable innovation

Best Mile, Easy Mile, Gogoro, Lyft and Moovit have all been included in the transport and logistics section, which has been deemed the “hot” innovation category globally, of the 2019 Global Cleantech 100 list.


The annual barometer reading from Cleantech Group (CTG) is a benchmark of the global innovation community’s views on which companies, and types of companies, are most likely to have a major commercial impact in a five- to 10-year timeframe.


Mobility and logistics


Transportation (a category that embraces mobility service companies as well as logistics) accounts for more than two fifths (21 per cent), the lion’s share of the six categories represented.


According to CTG, the implication is that this is the industrial activity set for the “strongest and fastest re-definition” in the 2020s, as the major trends of autonomy, electrification and transportation-as-a-service strengthen and converge to change the face of the transport industry in comparison to the 20th century.


The final 100 companies selected are not ranked and CTG points out that the list, by its very nature, is therefore a “compromise”, the median of all the opinions received as part of its annual research exercise.


“They do, however, stand for where ‘consensus sentiment’ lies both in terms of which companies active in sustainable innovation are in favour and are more commonly admired, and perhaps even more importantly for what kind of sub-sectoral areas and themes are in vogue,” CTG stated.

By its very nature, the list therefore a “compromise”, the median of all the opinions received as part of its annual research exercise

The other industrial sectors included in the list are: energy and power; resources and environment; industrial and manufacturing; materials and chemicals; and agriculture and food.


In terms of the location of companies and the extent of total growth and investment, the US lies streets ahead at $10.6bn followed by: Europe and Israel ($1.87bn); Asia Pacific ($1.37bn); and Africa ($244m).


Batteries and energy storage continue their rollercoaster ride, whereby the market’s excitement heats up and cools off, periodically. The last peak of excitement saw 15 such companies in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. Since the demise of Aquion Energy and with the current predominance of Li-ion, the 2019 edition shows the market is in a cool period again – as was the case in 2013, CTG noted.


In total, 13,900 companies from 93 countries were nominated for the 2019 Global Cleantech 100 list, a record number. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 308 companies that were reviewed by the 87 members of Cleantech Group’s expert panel.


For the full lit, go to 2019 Global Cleantech 100


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