It is no secret that our footprint on the globe is increasingly large! One of the main contributors to our carbon footprint is agriculture and the food system overall. The way we produce food contributes to a significant number of emissions as can be seen by our graphic above. To tackle this problem, VCs will look at something that is often overlooked: fungi and soil. Scientists and researchers see the potential of fungi and soil to capture and store carbon. This year, we will see more investment in this area, as well as a growing number of farmers and food companies using these techniques to reduce their emissions.
Fission energy – just hype or our future?
Maybe you have heard about a paradigm shift in energy creation, that has the opportunity to disrupt our way of thinking about energy. Fission energy is the process of splitting atoms to generate heat, which is then used to produce electricity. It has the potential to be a clean and abundant source of energy, but it has been ignored due to concerns over safety, waste, and cost. But now, the technology seems to have advanced quite a bit. Hopes for green futuristic energy have emerged, and so has the interest of investors as well! We expect to see the first larger investors turning to fission energy in 2023.
Trust and transparency: the needed components for green tech
To combat climate changes as efficient as possible, the new generation of climate technologies will need to embed trust and transparency into their design and development. This can include things like third-party certification, independent testing, and open data sharing. Companies that adopt these practices will be more likely to gain the trust of consumers and investors, which will ultimately lead to more widespread adoption and greater impact.
Additionally, on the regulatory side, governments will push for more transparency and accountability on the carbon footprint, energy, and water use to establish robust regulations to tackle climate change and create a level playing field for companies.
Transparent, trustworthy technologies are also more likely to attract investment from public and private sectors that will fuel the scaling of these technologies, as well as make sure they are inclusive, accessible, and fair to every stakeholder. Additionally, if consumers can build a trustworthy relationship to a new technology or product, the adoption speed increases and so does the value for the company providing the offering.