Venture capitalists are putting record amounts of money into climate tech, drawn by the opportunity to make money while fostering the innovation needed for decarbonisation. Digitalisation remains a focus, but investors are increasingly looking to tap into asset-heavy investment opportunities that are crucial to the energy transition
The growing momentum behind climate tech as investors see more opportunities for a return
ROUTE TO MARKET Venture capital firms are essential in helping innovative companies that are too unstable for later-stage investors
HEAVY INDUSTRY Bold investors could look at commodity-driven industries for potentially big gains
KEY QUOTE We have seen venture capitalists stepping up investments in energy transition stories in a big way ...
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Mitigation of climate risk is moving to the top of the agenda for senior management and company boards
Discussions sparked by plans for banks in the EU to hold less capital against green lending have advanced thinking about how monetary authorities and regulators can support green investment, even if the plans themselves have received a mixed reception
The concept of transition bonds began as an idea to sell bonds that were difficult to market as green bonds, mainly natural gas bonds, but has evolved into an opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation efforts
Developing countries need around $300 billion annually by 2020 to limit their carbon emissions.
Energy Cities, a European association of local authorities, estimates a city will need between €1 billion and €3 billion to reach net zero emissions by 2050
COVID-19 may have reduced emissions in the short-term, but much more needs to happen to slash fossil fuel use to meet climate targets
Companies involved in activities that carry high climate-related, financial and reputational risks can no longer be certain of securing funds. Investors today have a choice. Green energy has become a comparatively better bet, with a lower risk profile and demonstrably higher returns. Companies can either realign their business strategies or watch institutional investors walk away