Investment house launches specialist sustainability EIS Fund

A new sustainably driven investment house, OnePlanetCapital, has launched a specialist sustainability EIS Fund to invest in businesses tackling climate change.

The fund is to target investments that will tackle climate change by supporting businesses with a positive environmental impact.

As a new venture capital business, OnePlanetCapital revealed it is raising capital for “the companies of the future”.

OnePlanetCapital said the fund is “underpinned by a strong ESG framework” and will focus on companies taking steps to tackle emissions through renewable energy, energy efficiency and transport, as well as firms with a positive environmental impact including agricultural technology, pollution management or biodiversity.

The investment house added that its fund will also look at companies considering consumer sustainability, such as food companies reducing their climate impact, or businesses in the recycling space.

OnePlanetCapital was founded in 2019 by entrepreneurs Matthew Jellicoe and Ed Stevens, with Tony Flanagan of regulated financial services advisory, Wilton Group. 

Jellicoe commented: “In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. This target requires a paradigm shift in the UK economy and enormous amounts of investment into the businesses of the future. 

“Unprecedented change is required to our global economy. We are on the verge of a green industrial revolution and the world is waking up to the substantial changes needed to tackle the climate issues we face. This has been amplified by numerous lockdowns over the last 11 months which have underlined the fragility of the world as we know it.

“Decarbonisation is now being backed by all major developed economies including the US and China and huge amounts are being invested in green energy, green technology and services. Consumers are also becoming increasingly driven by sustainability and becoming more aware of a business’ green and social purpose credentials. 

“It is now clear that investment performance does not need to be sacrificed in order to tackle the environmental problems of the day, with UK sustainable funds likely to outperform the market over the short, medium and long-term. We only have one planet and now it’s time to get involved and make a difference for our collective future.”

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