Venture capitalists offer their investors too high a financial return in exchange for taking significant risks. But what if that risk also relates to supporting products whose end-market economics are not clear? Moreover, what if the supported companies have the non-financial goal of tackling climate change?
As more money than ever flows into climate technology, Azeem Azhar speaks with Shayle Kann, a partner at Energy Impact Partners, about the challenges of investing in the net-zero economy and why his framing of the problem as “deep decarbonization” can help. bid ahead.
They also discuss:Five challenges and opportunities for ‘deep decarbonisation’. To what extent is net zero electricity the solution to climate change? What metrics should VCs consider when investing in climate technology.
Five frontier challenges for deep decarbonization (Climate Tech VC, 2022)
Decarbonization through the numbers (Exponential View Podcast, 2021)
Why energy storage is the future of the power grid (Exponential View Podcast, 2021)
A transcript of this episode will be available by April 20, 2022.
This post Venture Capital and Deep Decarbonization (with Shayle Kann of Energy Impact Partners) was original published at “https://hbr.org/podcast/2022/04/venture-capital-and-deep-decarbonization-with-energy-impact-partners-shayle-kann”