Knowing that the climate will look different 10 years from now, what tools and technologies should we invest in today?
How can we unlock the power of the private sector to scale up technologies and services that facilitate climate resilience and adaptation?
That’s the question on our minds in this podcast, as we continue to explore climate risk from a variety of perspectives. In our last episode, we discussed how businesses can prepare for a changing climate, and now we’re turning our attention to the role that sustainable private equity investments can play in building climate resilience.
Given the increasing volatility and uncertainty in our climate, it’s important that we invest today in tools that can help us analyze how the changing climate will affect society and the economy in the years ahead. By harnessing the entrepreneurial skill, innovation, and capital of the private sector, we can scale up our technologies, products, and services to more effectively confront the complex challenges of climate change. And when we’re able to demonstrate that sustainable investment is good for both investors and society, we can drive transformational change.
Hosted by Brad Hurley, senior communications consultant at ICF; and Peter Schultz, Ph.D., vice president, climate and resilience; this conversation with Jay Koh, co-founder and managing director of The Lightsmith Group, a sustainable private equity firm in New York City, covers topics such as:
- The differences between investing in climate resilience and making climate resilient investments.
- The range of tools—from data and analytics to products and services—that investors use to help assess the evolving challenges that climate change introduces as risks become more complex and move from one area to another.
- How to use investment in the policy context as a tool for supporting sustainable development.
- New frontiers and untapped opportunities in advancing resilience in the private sector.
- Why it’s important to create and invest in products and services that are both designed for a more climate-changed future and superior in quality to present-day alternatives.