Total, global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world’s second-ranked solar energy operator with SunPower, was named today “Corporate Investor of the Year” as part of the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 Program, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group), whose work keeps its audiences and clients in touch with emerging trends, leading innovation companies and all key players in sustainable innovation.
The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide-range of industries. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make significant market impact within a 5-10 year timeframe.
As one of the top corporate investment companies in cleantech, Total was the recipient of this year’s “Corporate Investor of the Year” Award. The Corporate Investor of the Year is awarded to the corporate investment team with the highest percentage of their qualifying cleantech portfolio companies on the list (with a minimum of 3 on the list, and a minimum of 8 qualifying portfolio companies overall).
“We’re honored to receive such a prestigious award. We obviously share it with the startups in our portfolio. To be named “Corporate Investor of the Year” is a great recognition of the work done by Total Energy Ventures’ team. It is also a recognition of the emphasis we put on innovation in order to reach our ambition to become a responsible energy major” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO of Total. “We believe that new energies will be necessary and complementary to our main oil & gas businesses. TEV’s goal is to maximize return while spearheading for innovations, preparing what could be significant businesses for Total tomorrow, and contributing to the Group’s ambition to provide reliable, affordable and clean energy to the world.”
The Global Cleantech 100 list is collated by combining proprietary CTG research data, with weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 86-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.
This year, a record number of nominations were received: 9,900 distinct companies from 77 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 325 companies. Nominees were reviewed by CTG’s Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.
The 86-member expert panel was drawn equally from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community, from pioneers and leaders to veterans and new entrants. The diversity of panelists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.
“From day one, the purpose of the Global Cleantech 100 program was to act as our barometric read on how the many facets that contribute to the emergence and maturing of an innovation theme like cleantech (the “doing of more with less”) are changing year on year,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, CTG (Cleantech Group). “Now in its 8th year, we see more signals this year of the ongoing mainstreaming of clean technologies, sustainability, and resource efficiency on its journey towards the point where this is just the normal way business is done.”