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Let’s plot an energy scenario ambitious enough for the climate emergency

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 16 – The International Energy Agency’s annual ‘gold standard’ World Energy Outlook, used by policymakers, investors and business leaders, was published this week. What set energy wonks buzzing is the inclusion, for the first time, of a ‘Net-Zero’ scenario for 2050, and a roadmap for what needs to happen to get there.   But

Investors see a ‘blue wave’ of growth opportunities in sustainability and inclusion

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 15 – “Pro-business” really does have a new meaning. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. investors were said to be fretting about higher taxes in a potential Biden administration. Judging from a growing batch of briefings, they’re now anticipating not only stability and stimulus, but sustainable growth (see, “Pro-business has a new meaning now”).

Legal & General burnishes ‘stewardship’ credentials with push for aggressive climate action

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 14 – Out: Quiet engagement with executives. In: naming and shaming recalcitrant corporations.  As more institutional asset owners look for active “stewardship” of portfolio companies by their asset managers, Legal & General Investment Management has staked out an aggressive position. “You need a stick,” says John Hoeppner, LGIM’s U.S. stewardship chief. “We’ve found

Four scenarios for the energy transition in the age of COVID

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 14 – The COVID pandemic “has caused more disruption to the energy sector than any other event in recent history,” opens the International Energy Agency’s annual energy outlook. Global energy demand will drop by 5% this year and CO2 emissions by 7% – and energy investment by 18%. Oil investments have fallen by

Aristata Capital looks for social benefits and lawsuit payouts with impact litigation fund

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 12 – It was only a matter of time before someone put an impact spin on litigation funds, which in recent years have attracted billions in investor capital. The draw: the rich returns in lawsuits that have the potential to rake in big awards. That’s the idea behind Aristata Capital, which is applying

Generate Capital forges $600 million partnership with sustainable energy financier Alturus

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 8 – Generate will take an undisclosed minority stake in Boston-based Alturus and provide up to $600 million in financing for energy efficiency projects that the companies will own and operate. The deal was the first announced by Generate since its $1 billion funding haul in February.  Both Generate and Alturus offer sustainable

Creative economy fund for underserved communities launches with an investment in Techstars

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 8 – Concord, a music and theatrical publishing and management firm, has created a $10 million impact investment initiative to support music and theater enterprises in underserved communities. Its first move: a partnership with Techstars Music. Concord is committing to a $30,000 seed investment for each of the companies selected for Techstars’ 2021