Climate Resilience – Sector Watch 20 September 2019

Holly Stower
AttractivenessThe 2019 World Economic Forum Global Risks Report lists extreme weather, climate-change mitigation/adaption failure, and natural disasters as the three most likely and impactful global risks. In 2017, overall losses from world-wide natural catastrophes totaled $350 billion, with $24 billion in losses due to the California wildfires alone in 2018.Although there are significant risks, this new environment also represents an opportunity, with estimates putting the climate resilience economy at around $316 trillion. Recent reports highlight increasing demand for climate-related opportunities,... Read More »

Is Profitable Reforestation Possible? Land Life Company Makes the New 50 to Watch List

Jules Besnainou
In the face of the climate crisis, we are seeing a new generation of innovators rising to the task and developing high-impact solutions to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. These entrepreneurs are creating new technologies and business models that could change every aspect of how we live - from what we eat to how we consume, from how we build our homes to our relationship with Nature. After a decade of success with our Global Cleantech 100, we are... Read More »

Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies

Richard Youngman
Our 2020 Cleantech Forum San Francisco theme Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies is inspired by what we expect to prepare for in the 2020s.        We do not foresee business as usual, we foresee an abnormal and chaotic next decade ahead.   Meager Progress What is unique about this decade, what makes it unprecedented in history, is the inconvenient challenge that, if we are to  respond responsibly to global climate scientists’ warnings and... Read More »

Recent Deals – 9 August 2019

Cassidy Shell
Agriculture & Food:   Inari, a developer of genetic engineering tools for the agricultural sector, raised $89 million in growth equity. Investors included Flagship Pioneering, Investment Corporation of Dubai, EDBI and Acre Venture Partners. The new round of capital will be used to further the company’s computational and genomic tools, as well as accelerate the commercialization and introduction of its corn and soybean seeds to the US market. Within the next two years, Inari plans to expand into other crops.... Read More »

Insurance and the Low-Carbon Economy – A Meeting of Minds and Markets

Holly Stower
The insurance industry should reflect the society it underwrites risk for. The transition to a low-carbon economy means that incumbents are now looking for new and better ways to meet their clients' changing needs. Many insurance incumbents are looking at the opportunities connected to cleantech, while also recognizing their responsibilities and interest in mitigating the physical, transitional and liability risks associated with climate change. European and U.S. insurance markets have been typically slow to innovate; for example, the London Market only started to digitize in 2016. Whereas emerging... Read More »

Deliver Us From Evil: How ICS Security and AI-Enabled Cyber Protection Can Protect Industrial Assets from Attack

Josh Gilbert
Recently, cybersecurity has become a key part of industrial strategy. The increased deployment of sensors and wireless communication of data to cloud-based processing has increased vulnerabilities. In many cases, these may be connected to legacy assets, which do not have sophisticated security measures in the case of cyber-attack. An Attractive MarketGlobally, the industrial cybersecurity market is projected to reach $18B by 2023 at a 7% five-year compound annual growth rate. Protection of industrial assets is crucial for both commercial and national security... Read More »

There is No Them, We are All Them: Reflection 1 from Cleantech Forum Europe

Richard Youngman
One message struck home hard to me last week at our 15th annual Cleantech Forum Europe, back in Stockholm this year for the second time. It came to me in a number of forms across the event, but it was striking for how it kept reappearing, whether I was in a private, off-the-record discussion session with 20 investors, in plenary listening to the key findings of the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap or in topic-specific breakout sessions (for example, listening to... Read More »