Sustainable investing is here. According to Morgan Stanley’s 2019 biennial survey of financial institutions, insurers, and pension funds in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, 80% said that they actively integrated sustainable investing. The trend towards increased attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors has only strengthened over the past two years as the world grappled with COVID. As investors search for opportunities aligned with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and national carbon neutrality commitments, more bio-economy projects are being considered, which is great news for the environment, but presents fund managers with a key question – how to know which sustainability-oriented projects will perform best? The answer is simple – ask an expert.
For the past decade and at an accelerated pace over the past few years, sustainability has moved from an investment niche to a core consideration for nearly every major investor, and many smaller funds as well. Over this same period, revolutionary processes that provide viable alternative fuels, bioplastics, and other vital materials and products have advanced from the lab into commercial practice. However, not all bio-based technologies are ready for large-scale production and to compete in the marketplace. Picking winners has been the role of fund managers, but this requires tapping into domain expertise.
Fortunately, Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) has over 150 experts with deep experience in all aspects of the bioeconomy and can assist in sustainable investing. The technical, logistic, and project expertise we bring can help private equity, venture capital, pension funds, investment bankers and others understand the technical viability and economic potential of a wide range of products and processes. LEC experts possess decades of experience in everything from forestry products to synthetic biology, from nutraceuticals to biofuels, from hemp to bioplastics, and from feedstock to finished products. Our unbiased perspective empowers fund managers to make informed investment decisions and ultimately select projects that meet both sustainability and economic criteria. Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full-service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See the video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.
See also: Financing: A Guide for the Biofuels Entrepreneurs and Early Stage Investors and Investing In Renewable Technology.