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ESG and Sustainability

The rise of ESG factors in investment decision making will have a dramatic impact on returns and opportunities in the 21st century. A recent survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer showed that 57% of respondents believe that incorporating ESG standards into investment decisions will raise returns. Just 9% argued they reduce returns on investment.

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Digital Assets: Russian Energy Firms Seek Go-Ahead To Use Flared Gas For Mining Crypto

October 22, 2021

Russia’s crypto mining industry is in expansion mode after China’s clampdown on its crypto miners. Also wanting to join the party are Russian oil and gas companies that flare, or burn off, the natural gas released from their drilling operations. Known as “associated petroleum gas,” this is burnt if it cannot conveniently or economically be piped to a utility. The drillers want to use this flared gas, also a source of emissions, as an energy source for crypto mining data centers.

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Alternative Investments/ESG: New York Life Floats ETFs For Gender Equality, Clean Oceans, Cleaner Transport

October 22, 2021

The three thematic ETFs meet investor demand for ESG approaches. IndexIQ, the New York Life Investments company, announced Wednesday the launch of three new ETFs. The IQ Engender Equality ETF (EQUL), IQ Clean Oceans ETF (OCEN), and IQ Cleaner Transport ETF (CLNR) represent an expansion of IndexIQ’s Dual Impact family of thematic investment strategies. (ETF…

Venture Capital: Flock Freight, Which Uses AI To Pool Shipments, Nabs $215M

October 21, 2021

Flock Freight uses AI algorithms to optimize shipments, routes and vehicles. Its FlockDirect cloud-based product guarantees shippers shared space on a truckload by combining multiple shipments that are moving along the same route into one shared truckload. The system bypasses the inefficient Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) hub and spoke system. The company raised $215 million in a Series D that valued it at $1.3 billion and was led by existing investor Soft Bank Vision Fund 2.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Alpha Architect Mulls ETF For Companies Led By High-Character CEOs

October 20, 2021

If you like CEO’s that have high character, a clean non-controversial record, and achieved solid financial returns for their company’s shareholders with a focus on ESG, you’re in luck. You can now invest in companies led by such CEOs though Alpha Architect’s Return on Character ETF.

FinTech: Virgin Money Offers Free ESG-Tracking App And Sustainability Loans To UK Businesses

October 18, 2021

The Virgin Money Sustainability Business Coach is a free app available to all UK businesses, not just Virgin Money customers, designed to help them with sustainability goals by measuring, tracking, and offering guidance on improving their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) credentials.

Venture Capital: TPG Rise Climate And ADQ To Invest $1B In Indian Group Tatas’ EV Unit

October 15, 2021

Tata Motors (NSE: TATAMOTORS), the automobile company of the Tatas, the Indian salt-to-airlines business conglomerate, will receive an investment of approximately $1 billion from TPG’s Rise Climate Fund and Abu Dhabi state holding company ADQ in a new EV entity. Tata Motors will invest over $2 billion in the unit.

Digital Assets: MintGreen’s Bitcoin Mining To Heat The City Of North Vancouver

October 15, 2021

MintGreen, a Canadian cleantech cryptocurrency miner, will supply 2022 its proprietary digital boilers to Lonsdale Energy Corporation, North Vancouver’s district energy utility. These boilers recover more than 96% of the electricity used for bitcoin mining in the form of heat energy. This heat would be delivered to the 100 residential and commercial buildings in North Vancouver, a city that is on a mission to decarbonize and transit away from natural gas.

Artificial Intelligence: IBM Launches Environmental Intelligence Suite

October 13, 2021

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has launched an Environmental Intelligence Suite, software that is a combination of AI, weather data, climate risk analytics, and carbon accounting capabilities. The suite helps organizations assess the climate impact of their own operations, assists in regulatory compliance, and to monitor for severe weather, wildfires, and air quality.

Venture Capital: Five Seasons Ventures, A European Impact Venture Fund, Raises €180M For Foodtech

October 7, 2021

Five Seasons Ventures, the European venture capital firm seeking to finance foodtech startups that have a quantifiable, beneficial impact on the planet and/or human health, announced the close of a a €180 million Fund II.

Alternative Investments/ESG: A Hydrogen-Themed ETF Lists On The ASX

October 7, 2021

ETF Securities, the Australian fund manager that brought the first physically-backed gold ETF to the world in 2003, has launched a thematic equity ETF to target the world’s leading hydrogen companies. The ETFS Hydrogen ETF (ASX: HGEN) tracks the Solactive Global Hydrogen ESG Index.

Artificial Intelligence: Olea Edge Lands $35M To Expand Its AI Platform For Water Utilities

October 7, 2021

Olea Edge Analytics, an Austin-based AI startup that seeks to enhance municipal water revenues at cities and helps them combat situations such as drought, has raised a $75 million Series C round led by Insight Partners, the New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm.

Alternative Investments/ESG: After Blockbuster KRBN, KraneShares Launches European and California Carbon ETFs

October 6, 2021

Asset management firm Krane Funds has launched two new ETFs that expand its range of carbon market offerings – the KraneShares European Carbon Allowance ETF (KEUA) and the KraneShares California Carbon Allowance ETF (KCCA).

Venture Capital: Nuveen Backs ‘Do Good Foods,’ A Food Waste Upcycler, With $169M

October 6, 2021

Do Good Foods has a mission to address the problem of the 48 billion pounds of food waste generated by grocery stores each year. Rather than throw food away, Do Good Foods is upcycling it. Surplus grocery food is first shared with local food pantries — what’s left over is then sent to its facility to be repurposed into feed for animals, such as chicken. The company received a $169 million investment from Nuveen.

Artificial Intelligence: Google’s DeepMind “Nowcasts” Rain

October 1, 2021

Google-owned (NASDAQ: GOOGL), London-based AI Lab DeepMind collaborated with the Met Office to develop a nowcasting system for predicting, accurately, the likelihood of rain over the next 90 minutes. In comparison, existing forecasting methods can do so for periods from six hours to two weeks.

Venture Capital: Sundrive Develops The World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell

September 30, 2021

Founded in a garage in 2015 by David Hu and Vince Allen, Sundrive, a solar energy startup, has successfully developed the world’s most efficient solar cell. Their cell generates solar-sourced power at an efficiency of 25.54%, breaking the previous world record of 25.26%. More importantly, the startup did it while replacing the silver in solar cells with copper.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Nuveen Launches ESG Dividend ETF

September 29, 2021

Nuveen has launched two new ETFs, the Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF (NYSE: NUGO) and the Nuveen ESG Dividend ETF (CBOE: NUDV) in its drive to help investors build better financial futures.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New, Climate-Focused, Emerging Market ETFs From Northern Trust

September 28, 2021

The FlexShares ETF unit of Northern Trust Asset Management announced Monday the launch of two new emerging markets climate-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) in Europe. The FlexShares Emerging Markets High Dividend Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QDFE) and the FlexShares Emerging Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QVFE) are listed on the Euronext exchange and Deutsche Börse and are available in five countries across Europe: the UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Venture Capital: Breakthrough Energy Ventures Leads $53M Round In Robotic Agtech Iron Ox

September 24, 2021

Iron Ox, an agtech startup that advances the cause of producing food sustainably and autonomously using robotics and AI, has raised a $53 million C Series led by new investor Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Breakthrough Energy Ventures is backed by top business leaders including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. The round brings the startup’s aggregate funding to $98 million.

Venture Capital: Lithium Extraction Startup Lilac Solutions Announces $150M Series B

September 23, 2021

Lilac Solutions, a startup developing a lithium extraction technology, announced Wednesday the first close of its $150 million Series B round. Lilac’s ion exchange technology for extraction of lithium from brine is faster to deploy, more efficient, sustainable and financially superior compared to conventional technology.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Four New Climate-Focused ESG ETFs From FlexShares

September 22, 2021

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds from Northern Trust Asset Management have launched a new suite of climate-focused ESG ETFs that help investors improve their portfolio’s overall ESG score and reduce carbon risk, while maintaining core equity and fixed-income exposure.

Alternative Investments/ESG: ETFMG Launches Maritime Decarbonization ETF

September 21, 2021

ETF Managers Group, which created the highly successful Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (NYSE: BDRY), has launched a sister ETF – the ETFMG Breakwave Sea Decarbonization Tech ETF (BSEA). The new ETF will give investors exposure to global companies active in fields related to marine or ocean decarbonization.

Venture Capital: Gates-Founded Breakthrough Energy Raises Over $1B From Top US Companies

September 21, 2021

Breakthrough Energy, the non-profit founded in 2015 by Bill Gates to advance the cause of net-zero emissions, has raised hundreds of millions of dollars from U.S. firms for its Breakthrough Energy Catalyst project to support innovation in the field.

FinTech: Nigerian Fintech Startup Infibranches Raises $2M

September 20, 2021

Nigerian startup Infibranches Technologies has received funding of $2 million from All On, an impact investing organization backed by Shell (NYSE: RDS.A). Infibranches will use the funds for customer acquisition, improvement of its product lineup and for introduction of new products and services to address energy distribution issues.

Alternative Investments/Digital/ESG: Accelerate’s Carbon-Negative Bitcoin ETF

September 20, 2021

Accelerate Financial Technologies’ world-first Carbon Negative Bitcoin ETF (TSE: ABTC), now trading on the TSE, offsets more than 100% (“negative”) of the estimated carbon emissions from associated bitcoin mining and transaction activities.

Artificial Intelligence: AI To Predict Growth Of Harmful Algal Blooms in Oceans

September 17, 2021

Harmful algal blooms (HAB) occur when colonies of algae — simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater — grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds. Humans are rarely affected, but illnesses triggered by HAB could be fatal. A project in the UK seeks to develop technology to predict the advent of deadly HAB.