Edinburgh, 11 July 2019 – Sarah Middlemiss, space programme manager at the downstream space information company Ecometrica, has been named Young Sustainability Executive of the Year in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2019.
Middlemiss scooped the award for her work on the Forests 2020 Project, which she has led as part of Ecometrica’s guiding role in the UK Space Agency’s global drive to monitor and tackle deforestation using data derived from space observation satellites.
Awarding the gong BusinessGreen, ‘the UK’s leading source of information for the green economy’, said: “There were many inspiring entries in this category, but there could only be one winner and in the end Sarah Middlemiss won over the judges thanks to her critical role in leading the Forests 2020 initiative, bringing together international partners, multi-million pound budgets, and cutting edge space technologies to help protect the world’s tropical forests.”
Middlemiss has been at the forefront of Forests 2020 for Ecometrica since the very start of the company’s involvement. With the project due to complete next year, she said that she is proud of what has been achieved.
“The purpose of Forests 2020 is to improve forest monitoring across six different countries and help to effectively direct efforts to reduce deforestation,” she said. “There is increasing demand of both governments and companies to more closely monitor the state of forests. We have had some very positive impacts, including making progress in reducing deforestation caused by cocoa production in Ghana, mainstreaming automated satellite monitoring systems in Indonesia, and supporting monitoring of supply chains in the Cerrado region of Brazil.
“We have been able to effect positive change through Forests 2020 and hopefully the groundwork we have laid will help reduce deforestation for years to come.”
Distributed by The Communications Business Limited on behalf of Ecometrica.
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Ecometrica, the downstream space and sustainability company, turns the vast and growing streams of observation data from space, air and land into actionable insights for business, government and society.
A leading provider of sustainability and earth observation services, its satellite mapping technology is being used to protect 300 million hectares of tropical forests as part of the Forests 2020 project, which Ecometrica is spearheading on behalf of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP).
Ecometrica is one of the world’s top sustainability brands, as named by industry analyst Verdantix. It is the only CDP Gold Software Partner for its climate change, forests and water programmes. Ecometrica’s geospatial data mapping services, which support all aspects of sustainability planning, operations and reporting by businesses and public organisations, are available worldwide, through offices in the UK, USA, Canada and Mexico.
The firm is a winner of the prestigious Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award two years in a row, for its Ecometrica Platform. It is also ranked on the FT1000 list of Europe’s fastest growing companies and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500.
Founded in 2008, Ecometrica’s formidable story derives directly from the vision of its founding members and leadership – executive chairman Dr Richard Tipper, chief executive Gary Davis and chief product officer Bertrand Revenaz. Backed by a team of recognised experts, Ecometrica has unrivalled experience in environmental sustainability accounting and reporting.
The Ecometrica Platform, a web-based accounting and sustainability management solution, combines earth observation data from satellites with local information and business intelligence, to bring clarity to environmental and natural resource challenges facing corporates and governments alike. It helps businesses to easily track and map their impact on natural capital assets, like forests and water, tracking supply chain activity, verifying sustainable product sourcing, and environmental reporting to established sustainability frameworks. It makes the terabytes of raw data being sent to Earth by satellites easily accessible, bringing limitless possibilities for its application. It is the only sustainability software solution with audit-ready assurance from a Big Four auditor (PwC). For the largest customers who get their accounts externally audited, this means avoiding costly pre-audit fees that often run into hundreds of thousands of pounds per year.