Sustainability and the opportunity for investment
- As the human race, we are responsible for emitting 51bn tons of carbon every year.
- If we are to move from a situation we emit 51bn tons of carbon every year, it means we need to transform the global economy in a climate-friendly manner.
- Climate change should be part of a board’s business because:
- It’s about strategic business transformation
- It’s a long-term problem making it a board issue
- The risk-reward profile of emerging companies will evolve over time
- The governance of a climate change business demands different skills of the board and a different focus.
- The natural progression of a climate change business is to go form start-up, to scale-up and then a mature business.
- During the start-up phase, you’ll spend time carrying out a pilot, identifying any risk and seeking capital.
- In the scale-up phase, it’s important to identify any risk of the green premium which can occur when developing a climate-friendly business.
- It will take time for a climate change business to reach profitability, as it does any new business.
- Forming partnerships with different organisations is a critical capability and skill that will be required by board members when building a climate change business.
- Developing partnerships can help mitigate any risks and help ensure successful business outcomes when going from one phase to another.
- Customers are asking questions of organisations about their sustainability practices which is making organisations seek changes in technology, products or services. This is where the opportunity for climate change businesses exists.
- One way of tackling climate change is to create, build and govern businesses that are climate-friendly. This will take patience, joined-up thinking and an acceptance that there will be a period of transition.
Even as the world struggles and grapples with climate change and its myriad impacts, business opportunities related to investments in sustainability are presenting themselves. This webinar will identify some of these opportunities and will seek to provide a framework for capitalising on these opportunities while mitigating the ESG risks involved.
Ramani is responsible for origination and sustainability at Ynsect, an innovative Next40 French scale-up based in Paris. Ynsect is in the business of reinventing the food chain. He has worked in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors in business development and strategy roles across the United States, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. He is an engineer by training and is passionate about deploying his problem-solving skills to the daunting challenge of climate change
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