Carbon emissions accounting player grows as data demands escalate
Watershed, a startup that helps companies analyze and cut their greenhouse gases, is acquiring emissions accounting and data firm VitalMetrics.
Why it matters: It's an increasingly competitive space as demands rise on corporations to better track and report their climate footprints and reduce them.
Driving the news: Watershed's announcement this morning calls access to VitalMetrics' "Comprehensive Environmental Data Archive" (CEDA) a major competitive advantage.
- "Watershed customers will be able to measure their emissions with new levels of global coverage and granularity, while meeting rising standards for verification and audit," it states.
- Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The big picture: In the U.S., all eyes are on looming disclosure rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- More broadly, companies face pressure to track their own emissions and supply chains.
- That happens via voluntary groups like the Carbon Disclosure Project and European rules.
What we're watching: Whether there will be more consolidation as startups compete with each other and major accounting firms.
Catch up fast: Watershed backers include prominent venture firms Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins, and it counts Walmart, Airbnb, BlackRock and other heavyweights among its customers.
- The company, founded in 2019, has raised a total of $84 million and claimed a $1 billion valuation in early 2022, when it announced a $70 million Series B round.
What's next: VitalMetrics' president and chief scientist Sangwon Suh — who founded the company in 2005 — will be lead scientist at Watershed, alongside Steve Davis.
- Both are academics. Davis is a climate scientist at UC-Irvine while Suh's an environmental sciences professor at UC-Santa Barbara.
- Watershed is making some of the CEDA data available free to academic and nonprofit institutions.