On January 20th a group of impact investors, industry actors, and climate tech innovators gathered at the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
They all had one thing in common: a commitment to solve the climate crisis.
Here are some of the highlights!
1. Panel Discussions Around Burning Questions in Climate Impact Investing
Industry Toward Net-Zero
Steve Severance, Masdar; Serio Hike, Alfa Laval Middle East, Shanbor Gupta, Clean Energy Fund and Joanna Osawe ABB/WiRE (Women in Renewables) discussed:
- The main challenges with reaching the Net Zero Goals
- What Net Zero strategies will mean for companies’ innovation strategies; internal R&D, Open Innovation and Investment, short- and long-term.
- The likelihood of these goals being reached and the most important factors for success (policy, regulation, committed leadership)
- How to effectively measure potential impact of new technologies when deciding on investments
Capital Flows as a Driver of Innovation with Positive Climate Impact
Participants: Richard Gröttheim, AP7, Temple Fennel, Clean Energy Ventures, Diako Makhmalbaf, HSBC Bank, Jochen Wermuth, IC German Sovereign Wealth Fund KENFO, Magnus Agerström, Cleantech Scandinavia discussed:
- The significance of green deals and green infrastructure investments and how they affect the panelists’ own investments
- The urban financing gap and the role of private capital in implementing and scaling innovation in areas such as electrification, circular economy solutions, digital Infrastructure solutions, deep energy retrofit of buildings
- Investments in cleantech are going through the roof at the moment. So do we need more capital? How can more capital support the globalization of cleantech solutions?
- What could or should be done to make sure that the investments made are actually having the desired climate impact
Women in Cleantech Investment
Participants: Laura Fostinone, Cleantech Scandinavia, Aisha Bukhari, MaRs Accelerator, Yulia Stark, EWA, Ida Beerhalter, IOME Family Office (Saudi), Alexandra Kornilova (The Good Climate)
- The role of women in driving the systemic change to a sustainable future
- How to increase the engagement of women in cleantech
- Data on how more women wealth owners – especially next gen – being interested in cleantech and technologies that focus on sustainability
- How professional organizations can influence an increase in female founders and investors in the cleantech sector
2. International Showcase of Innovations with High Positive Climate Impact
Meet the companies that pitched and check out their pitch decks here.