In an open letter to John Flint, CEO of UK Infrastructure Bank, the Chancellor acknowledges that private sector involvement in the market needs to scale up significantly to bridge the financing gap for nature-based outcomes in line with government policy. He references Climate Asset Management alongside founder shareholders Pollination and HSBC Asset Management as a positive step in the Annex to the letter.
A new investment thematic – Natural Capital – is emerging. Natural capital can help pension and sovereign wealth funds meet their need for mandated returns, and satisfy their requirements to do so in a way that is not only less harmful, but has the potential to restore the environment.
As organisations seek to make good on net zero commitments, interest in offsets has soared. Climate Asset Management, the venture between HSBC and Pollination, said it intended to launch a carbon offsets fund of up to $2bn.
"Prince Charles has joined forces with banking giant HSBC and Australian green finance guru Martijn Wilder's firm Pollination to launch a new initiative that aims to bring the novel asset class of "natural capital" into the investment mainstream."