Crowdfunding, a method of investment which unlocks capital for individuals to invest in a clean energy future, is already delivering financial benefits for both business and civil society. Vivienne Westwood, speaking at a recent Aldersgate Group event, stated that: "What's good for the planet is good for the economy", and crowdfunding is evidence of this intrinsic link. This event was in partnership with the Trillion Fund which is the first organisation to capitalise on crowdfunding for renewable energy projects. For more information, click here.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group said: "The Aldersgate Group and our business members are delighted to partner with Trillion Fund and explore new financing opportunities to invest directly in renewable technologies at scale. This provides everyone with a way to make high returns from their savings at the same time as building a better future."
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said that BT's Net Good goal should inspire other businesses to adopt similarly ambitious and holistic sustainability strategies. BT's goal is to be a force for ‘net good’ as "doing less environmental harm is no longer good enough" in the context of rising demand for finite global resources.
Speaking at the launch event in London, he said: "BT's Net Good programme is built on an ambitious vision that goes much further than traditional approaches to corporate sustainability. At its heart is an exploration of how a company can be net good, not less bad. This is at the vanguard of an exciting new corporate movement that explores more fully the role for business in society and has the potential to spur real change."
The European Commission is supporting a new Aldersgate Group (AG) project on the circular economy to demonstrate how businesses and their supply chains can implement Resource Efficient Business Models. This follows the publication of the AG's report, Resilience in the Round, that was published last year.
The co-funding increases the AG's capacity to drive change in four key markets: electrical and electronic products, clothing, furniture and construction products (that are collectively worth more than 350 billion Euros per year across the EU). The project will be in partnership with WRAP, ESKTN, The University of Northampton and Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and has a time scale of 3.5 years.