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Impact platforms

South Pole helps impact platforms in identifying and evaluating projects and startups that accelerate the transition towards net zero economies.

Why do we look for these innovative projects and SMEs/startups?

Driven by the urgency of our transition to net zero, we actively identify groundbreaking projects and startups and connect them with non-profit funders in order to speed up market entry and uptake for innovative technologies, services and solutions. The transition to net zero requires a range of new technologies, services and solutions.

We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship has the power to scale these new tools to tackle climate change.

Beyond the climate impact, we also assess whether projects and startups contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Work with us

Our clients are looking for ways to contribute to global climate targets, build climate resilience and drive forward sustainable development.

South Pole is uniquely positioned in the market to identify innovative projects and startups, and connect them with clients.

By working with South Pole to support climate projects and SMEs/startups through a dedicated impact platform, clients across the private, public and non-profit sectors can:

  • Be at the forefront of climate action by supporting innovative, early-stage climate solutions, such as new clean technologies or climate-smart agricultural practices.
  • Create impact at scale by building and scaling impactful ventures (projects, startups).
  • Achieve more impact through revolving vehicles, as potential revenue and repayments are use for new projects and startups.
  • Mobilise additional investments with tailored financial and technical support.

How do we work?

We predominantly work on a bespoke basis for governments and philanthropic clients. We provide advisory services in terms of sourcing and evaluating impactful projects and small companies that are tailored to the impact orientation of our clients. After clients have decided to provide funding for the projects and startups, our teams monitor, report and verify the impact of the funding delivered.

Who are our clients?

Our clients are predominantly governments, philanthropies, and in some cases multinational companies, who aim to support impactful projects and SMEs/startups within or outside their supply chains.

South Pole works with clients across the private, public and non-profit sectors

We develop and implement impact platforms in the Energy, Land & Water or Technology & Industry sectors. Among others, operational impact platforms include:


Technology Fund

Advisory services to a Swiss government initiative that provides loan guarantees to climate-friendly SMEs/startups.


Landscape Resilience Fund

Administrative services and grant deployment for a single donor non-profit foundation that provides grants and soft loans to projects and local SMEs that improve the climate change resilience of smallholder farmers and other vulnerable communities in the land-use sector.


Tailor-made Impact Platforms

South Pole works with clients to develop, structure, implement and manage new impact platforms in the area of Energy, Land, Water, Technology & Industry.

South Pole has advised a range of private and public entities on developing and implementing impact platform mandates that focus on social and environmental benefits with over 15 years experience working to support a sustainable economy.

US$ 700 million of funding channelled

We have helped clients channel more than US$ 700 million of funding for climate impact (through the purchase of carbon credits).

Over a decade of experience

Over a decade of experience in clean technology, land use and energy

Over 850 projects

We have identified and developed over 850 projects, thereby enabling project owners to sell carbon credits and to mobilise more than US$10 billion in private investments for low-carbon projects


We have sound processes based on globally accepted standards

Demonstrated climate impact

We have demonstrated climate impact with more than 1GtCO2 saved over the past 10 years by our climate action projects.

Our Team

Martin Stadelmann
Public sector & corporate

Martin Stadelmann

Senior Director Climate Investments
David Grosspietsch
Public sector & corporate

David Grosspietsch

Director, Practice Lead Impact Platforms
Marlies Kimpe
South Pole

Marlies Kimpe

Associate Director Climate Investment, South Pole

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