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Key role for Venture Capital in industrial decarbonization

Industrial decarbonization will require massive amounts of capital investment over the next 30 years. Venture capitalists believe there are significant returns to be made for first movers. Institutional investors and asset managers are in favor of playing a part in the net-zero transition, as long as returns look like what they would get under a business-as-usual scenario. The urgency of decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors means there is no time to wait. Investors are not interested in funding high-risk technologies and projects. Evidence of technology maturity and effective de-risking are prerequisites for institutional investors. The risk profile of pilot plants or early-stage technologies does not match what institutional investors are looking for. For the next decade large investors will leave the financing to governments and VCs, as they have traditionally done. BlackRock has launched Decarbonization Partners, a JV with Temasek to help scale innovative climate-tech startups.

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50 percent credit guarantee for energy efficiency projects in Vietnam
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50 percent credit guarantee for energy efficiency projects in Vietnam

Vietnams energy consumption has been soaring in the past decade. The majority of its electricity is generated from burning coal, natural gas, and oil. Currently, the industrial sector of Vietnam constitutes up to 47 percent of national electricity consumption.

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Energy storage investments - bridging production and consumption
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Energy storage investments - bridging production and consumption

Spearmint Energy founder Andrew Waranch says we are at a tipping point. Texas power grid froze in 2021 after a surge of severe winter storms battered state. He says we need massive investment in our energy infrastructure, especially in energy storage.

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DEEP 2.0 - De-risking energy efficiency through better reference data
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DEEP 2.0 - De-risking energy efficiency through better reference data

The De-risking Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP) is an open-source database for energy efficiency investments performance monitoring and benchmarking. It now includes data on more than 17,000 energy efficiency projects in buildings and industry from 30 data providers.

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How smart cities could use digital finance platforms
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How smart cities could use digital finance platforms

Digital finance is increasingly demonstrating its ability to overcome key barriers for smaller scale project finance. Few exist today but a growing number is in development driven by the need to mobilize private capital to support sustainable growth.

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Digital financing platforms - a solution to finance smart city projects?
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Digital financing platforms - a solution to finance smart city projects?

Do you know Jack Mas 3-minute loan? SME can get up to 300.000 USD within a few hours purely using an online service. Juergen Ritzek gives an overview on the state of play of digital financing platforms, structured into three groups.

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Making an impact
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Making an impact

Impact investing aims to have a positive impact on key sustainability problems. Amy Clarke, founder of Tribe Impact Capital, says every investment is an impact investment. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a good roadmap to all the areas where we need.

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Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits
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Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits

The EU Horizon 2020 project procuRE is offering €7.68 million for RandD services in building technology and renewables. It is financed by the cities of Nuremberg (Germany), Istanbul (Turkey), Velenje (Slovenia),.

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Thinking strategically about industrial energy efficiency
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Thinking strategically about industrial energy efficiency

Catherine Cooremans and other colleagues in her Multiple Benefits project provide some answers in a short video that lays out the problems and some of the solutions. In the EEFIG survey, there are many suggestions from standardised contracts to better regulations to better sharing.

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Showcasing the need to improve energy performance of industry
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Showcasing the need to improve energy performance of industry

European Commission presented its European Green Deal investment Plan. Plan expects to mobilise at least €1 trillion of sustainable investments over the next decade. The strategy includes a dedicated strategy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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