Energy & Materials

Catalyzing innovations that avoid, reduce, and remove greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to a decarbonized economy

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The opportunity for decarbonization

Exponential growth has driven atmospheric carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions to their highest levels in millennia. Our Energy & Materials portfolio of startups and funds is at the forefront of decarbonizing Autodesk industries with breakthrough technology and business model innovation. Our Theory of Change illustrates how our investments are decoupling economic growth from emissions across construction and manufacturing industries to avoid, reduce, and remove global GHG emissions to maintain warming below 1.5°C.

Investment focus sectors

We invest across five sectors essential to decarbonizing our customer value chains, prioritizing solutions where Autodesk's design and make expertise can accelerate adoption and growth.


Achieve abundant, reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy.


Reduce embodied and operational carbon needed to meet our basic human need for shelter.


Tackle the biggest emitters: steel, cement, chemicals, and aluminum.



Transform heavy-duty transportation and shipping.


Carbon removal

Build a carbon management industry and remove gigatons of CO2 in the coming decades.


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Our low-carbon portfolio

Our portfolio of startups and impact funds is primarily focused on the United States, which is one of the largest emissions contributors. We have a presence in Asia and Europe through funds and portfolio operations. In addition to capital, our portfolio has access to Autodesk resources through in-kind support including technology, training, pro bono consulting, storytelling, and networks.

Portfolio impact

We target opportunities with the potential to mitigate at least 500 million metric tons of CO₂e by 2050. Our impact measurement and management practice evaluates the outcomes of the Energy & Materials portfolio based on GHG emissions abated.


165,000 metric tons CO₂e

GHG emissions reduced

20 metric gigatons CO₂e

GHG emissions reduction potential by 2050 (cumulative)

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These impact metrics rely on data aggregated and sourced from financial reports, annual reports, organizational key performance indicators, and self-reported data from the Autodesk Foundation portfolio. Read the impact report for more details.

Impact in action

Explore the ways our Energy & Materials portfolio is helping accelerate the transition to a decarbonized economy.

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Restoring balance

Heirloom’s low-cost, scalable Direct Air Capture solution is on track to remove one billion tons of CO2 by 2035.


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Nth Cycle

Recycling precious metals

Nth Cycle is eliminating waste from EV batteries and other industries with its electro-extraction recycling technology.


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M2X Energy

Reducing GHG emissions

By capturing flared methane emissions from the energy sector, M2X Energy is producing value from an environmental waste.


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The change we’re accelerating

Learn more about our Theory of Change and how our investments accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

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