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Infrastructure funds are under growing pressure to deliver ‘nature-positive’ investments.
While scaleability remains a concern, microgrids have a significant role in bringing power to developing countries.
Infrastructure projects are key to place-based impact investing fulfilling its potential.
Impact-focused investors increasingly see the potential for positive environmental and social outcomes through agri investments
American firms have been slow out of the gate, but major players are now making climate commitments. Buyouts asks can GPs can make credible plans to decarbonise their portfolios.
The Church of England's deputy director of ethics at its pension board, Stephen Barrie, insists that GPs should have the capacity to analyse, understand and act on ESG data.
Simon Witney, special counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton, says he doesn't see ESG and financial returns as a trade-off.
The lower risk of blended finance structures could appeal to private equity investors seeking both impact and returns.

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