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Real estate decarbonization platform Accacia raises US$6.5M pre-A round led by illuminate financial

Accacia, a decarbonization platform for real estate, secures $6.5M in pre-series A funding led by Illuminate Financial. The AI SaaS platform helps manage and reduce emissions, addressing growing demands for climate risk data in real estate.

Earlier today, Accacia, a decarbonization platform focusing on the real estate and infrastructure sectors, announced that it closed a US$6.5 million pre-series A funding round led by Illuminate Financial, a specialist VC firm focused on enterprise fintech companies building solutions for the financial services industry with offices in New York, London, and Singapore. Southeast Asia-based AC Ventures (ACV) also participated in the round, alongside continued support from the startup's existing backers Accel and B Capital.

Real estate and construction activity contribute approximately 40% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The sector needs more robust tools to measure climate risks and define decarbonization pathways. Established in 2022 by INSEAD alum Annu Talreja and co-founders Piyush Chitkara and Jagmohan Gaarg, Accacia offers an AI-enabled platform that helps real estate asset managers, owners, and developers track their emissions, and design their decarbonization journeys.

“This funding comes at a crucial juncture as the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) have announced regulations on carbon emissions reporting, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive and real-time climate risk data. We have already deployed our solution to over 25 million square feet of real estate and are poised to leverage this opportunity and scale globally,” explained Annu.

Illuminate Financial, with its extensive network of LPs from the financial services sector, has a unique perspective on the industry's outlook, where climate risk is becoming a must-have metric for investors.

“Measuring and managing climate risks has become imperative for large financial institutions, especially on real estate, one of the most significant and most affected asset classes in their portfolios. With Annu's background and industry experience in real estate, we felt Accacia is the right fit to take on a leading position in the global real estate decarbonization market and are pleased to partner with the Accacia team,” said Rezso Szabo, Partner at Illuminate Financial.

“While real estate is one of the single largest contributors to GHG emissions, it is also a very hard-to-decarbonize sector given the complexity of value chain emissions – construction vs operations – and the variety of asset uses. Given our deep interest in climate, we were confident that the sector demanded a custom solution designed for nuances of the real estate sector and loved what Accacia has built,” said Helen Wong, Managing Partner at AC Ventures.

Decarbonization of real estate is one the biggest opportunities today – a staggering US$18 trillion of investment is required over the next decade to get the real estate industry to net zero. Accacia's tech platform integrates with existing property , energy management, and procurement systems to automate real-time data capturing and tracking, making it the quickest and most affordable solution for real estate companies on their path to net zero. The real estate industry has recently become the focus for climate solutions with several large VC funds raising dedicated capital to decarbonize buildings.

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Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia is a news editor at Tech Edition. Her interest is in technology and startups, occasionally crunching news for gaming. Sofia enjoys playing video games, going on bike rides, and gardening when she isn't behind a keyboard.

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