5. Kayrros

Company: Kayrros

Founders: Antoine Rostand, Antoine Halff, Alexandre D’Aspremont, Jean-Michel Lasry, Latent El Ghaoui

Website: https://www.kayrros.com

About Kayrros


Founded in 2016, Kayrros is a global environmental intelligence company and world leader in earth and asset observation technology. Kayrros collects data from satellite imagery and uses AI and geoanalytics technology to provide insights that help companies, investors and regulators reduce their emissions, protect people and assets from extreme weather events and accelerate the transition to a lower carbon economy.

Since its inception, Kayrros has raised €72 million from investors including the French Public Investment Bank Bpifrance, the European Investment Bank, the space-focused growth fund NewSpace Capital, and the VC arm of BNP-Paribas.

In March 2023, Kayrros revealed 1,000 super-emitter sites releasing methane into the atmosphere in 2022 published by The Guardian. Kayrros also reported potent greenhouse gas leaks from two oil fields in Turkmenistan that were equivalent to the entire carbon emissions of the UK in 2022. This led to a change in senior oil and gas officials in Turkmenistan and pressure from the US government to fix the methane leaks.

Kayrros technology is used by The United Nations Environment Programme’s International Methane Emissions Observatory and The International Energy Agency to analyse and verify methane emissions.

Thanks to Kayrros, governments, private firms and investors can now access intelligent data gathered in real-time. This gives all industry players the information needed to make decisions about how, when and where to invest to make sustainable, affordable decisions within the energy industry and to find reliable, trustworthy data in new markets such as solar.

Kayrros has been a loud voice in the climate conversation, calling for more rigorous and independent data to reveal discrepancies in reporting and support effective climate action. The company has also called for a ban on methane ‘super-emitters’ – something that is both easy to do, thanks to satellite imagery and analysis and low cost, and would have a profoundly beneficial climate impact: it could lead to a reduction of more than 1 gigatonne in CO2e emissions in just a few years, making it the most impactful climate intervention available to mankind.

What Kayrros provides is a vital piece in the climate puzzle. Without data we can trust, we can’t take the steps we need to take to bring emissions down and build a green future.

Recently, Kayrros was named on TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Companies in the world and Fortune Magazine’s Change The World list.

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