The global water and wastewater market in 2018 hit $695 billion. Unprecedented climate-related events and human crises, such as droughts and day zeros, have and will continue to elevate the importance of water and wastewater management globally. With that, investment opportunities continue to grow that also offer opportunities to make positive social and environmental impacts around energy, climate resiliency, human health and water security, pollution, food production, and other ecosystem benefits.
Every day, CREO and Cambridge Associates encounter wealth owners, families, and family office professionals who are starting down the path of sustainability investing. This paper details the typical path these investors take, the questions many of them face, and the way that many of them successfully develop a winning strategy that generates both returns and impact.
The CREO Family Office Syndicate (CREO), a not-for-profit global network of family offices headquartered in New York City, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a leading long-term institutional investor, today announced a new partnership to foster more capital into climate investments by creating new opportunities, sharing expertise and exercising stronger climate leadership within the industry.
While the vast majority of capacity deployed to date has been at utility scale and for large commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, a significant opportunity remains for additional investment to scale smaller, distributed systems.
Water is a finite natural resource unlike any other. It is required for life itself and sustains almost every natural and industrial process on the planet. Increasing volatility in water quality and quantity present evolving risks for the planet and for humanity. Addressing the local and global challenges that reduced water dependability and declining water quality pose will require trillions of dollars of new investment. Private capital must play a role in developing, implementing, and scaling solutions to water problems. The universe of available water investments is still nascent, creating opportunities for early movers motivated to create impact. Families, along with their family offices and foundations, are uniquely positioned as catalysts and leaders in the water investments market. Families can deploy solutions-oriented, patient capital across asset classes to deliver impact alongside financial return. This primer maps water investment opportunities and provides several inspiring examples of how families are actively investing to address local and global water challenges.
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Over the past three years, clean-tech funding has been in the doldrums. In 2014, investors poured $2 billion into clean tech, but that number dropped to $1.2 billion last year, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. But this trend just might be starting to change.
It's a radical idea. However, several significant questions remain: Exactly where and how will this capital be invested? How will the carbon reductions be achieved and measured?
Rob Day wants to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in clean technology on behalf of a wealthy family without relying on Silicon Valley.
That’s why his firm co-founded Cleantech Syndicate in 2010, a network of like-minded family offices, to find deals and share ideas. It’s expanded to a dozen families who’ve invested about $1.2 billion. That’s not enough for Day and the syndicate, who want to spend an additional $1.4 billion in the next five years on alternative energy.
A growing number of the world’s wealthiest people, From both ends of the political spectrum, are banding together to bet on new technologies that could displace fossil fuels. The one thing they have in common? They believe it will make them a lot of money.