It’s no secret that the world is facing an increasing number of inter-linked problems. From social issues surrounding how to feed a growing population, or what must be done to supply power to the millions without it, to environmental matters including the degradation of the oceans and destruction of natural habits, our planet is rife with problems that need an answer.
The Paris Agreement of December 2015 signalled an international intention to mitigate climate change and attempt to contain the global temperature rise. To have any chance of achieving these targets, investment in clean energy and increased energy eﬃciency must be stepped up.
At a recent conference we attended, Amy Clarke (the co-founder of Tribe Impact) acknowledged that “every investment is an impact investment” - a statement we struggle to disagree with as every investment should be seen as an attempt to change the world is some way or another.
There was a time when it seemed reasonable to be sceptical about the call to ‘electrify everything’, back in the days when the carbon intensity of the UK electricity system was c.500 gCO2/kWh. But now, with a reduction of the carbon intensity to c.250 gCO2/kWh, there’s understandably a greater response to support a world that focuses on utilising advances in energy management and infrastructure.