PWC had scoured the region and short-listed from 500 businesses across 11 categories of impact. Verofax was selected among top 6 Climate Change Management and Report (CCMR) startups for its sustainable traceability solution to help decarbonize industries and enable validated exports in line with recent regulations like EU's Carbon Border Tax (CBAM).
PwC Middle East revealed the 50 pioneering start-ups in the Middle East at Net Zero Future50' launch event highlighting the groundbreaking technologies and achievements in climate management and carbon emissions reporting, in addition to opportunities and challenges in growing and scaling climate tech businesses.
Dr Yahya Anouti, Partner at Strategy& and Sustainability Leader at PwC Middle East, said: "Climate tech innovation in the Middle East is being driven by some of the most dynamic entrepreneurs in our region, championing new technologies to accelerate the path to net zero. As we stand just days away from the world's most important climate conference — COP28, taking place here in the United Arab Emirates, we are excited to shine a light on regional innovators whose organisations, we feel, are making the biggest difference in reducing emissions and accelerating decarbonisation in our region. The PwC Net Zero Future50 - Middle
East report identifies leading organisations in this space, and discusses the challenges they face in their ambition to grow and scale. Their range and diversity highlights the vibrancy of the start-up and small companies scene in the region. "
Verofax's automates compliance, traceability and verification
As more countries are looking to decarbonize their economy, the EU and US have recently introduced regulations to curb imports of high-emission commodities such as steel, Aluminum, cement, fertilizers, chemicals and energy. The EU Carbon Border Tax regulation came into effect on August 17 and reporting became mandatory for exporters on October 1st. Existing ERP systems are not built to aggregate data across supply chain and prevent double counting. Thus compliance with operational standards for measuring and reporting in accordance with ISO 14064 standards becomes an unsurmountable challenge for exporters needing to have their multi-tier supply chain comply with such operating procedures, which increases cost significantly. Not complying is also not an option with up to 35% of revenue in tariffs levied at
European Union border customs. The problem necessitates commodity passporting and emissions tracking without the risk of double counting.
Wassim Merheby, CEO of Verofax, said, "Existing ERP systems are siloed by design, which hinders the capability of having immutable data and certifications verified on interoperable system for all stakeholders from material collectors to recyclers, exporters, customs and clients. Verofax offers an award-winning Digital Passporting and traceability solution for multi-tier supply chain verification, enabling seamless compliance and verification of Carbon emissions. The Gulf region trails behind India and other markets that recycle up to 80% of targeted commodities. Recycling can reduce emissions by up to 95%, thus markets with lower recycling threshold are at risk of being priced out of the EU market. The UAE for example, exports $1.5B to the EU mainly Aluminum, and recycles under 10% to date. With Verofax emission verification and commodity passporting, exporters have a great opportunity to trail a path towards export growth."
Patricia Keating, Scale Lead at PwC Middle East, mentioned "In our analyses of the Middle East climate technology landscape, we see the founders of climate tech companies driving innovation that's helping to reduce emissions and accelerate decarbonisation. We found that the largest share of our NetZero Future50 companies are working ontechnologies within the sectors responsible for most GHG emissions: With Industry, Manufacturing and Resource Management contributing 29% of Middle East GHG emissions and Energy at 46%."
Verofax Digital passporting & Traceability solution for compliance verification automation ensures the validation of commodities emissions, commodity provenance, prevent recycling double counting, across tiered supply chain. By calculating and verifying low carbon emissions from mining or waste material collection, Recycling, repurposing and transportation, exporters will lower their costs and increase market access to EU & US in compliance with regulations.
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Verofax is a compliance and commerce SaaS solution provider, validated by Microsoft and holding PCT patents on Digital passporting, computer vision and AI analytics that enable intelligent supply chain and operations. Fortune 100 enterprises across 50 markets have adopted Verofax solutions for securing their supply chain and connecting directly to customers. Verofax is committed to achieving Net Zero by 2025 and promotes global offset and community relief projects across the globe. Visit https://verofax.com.
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