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Breakthrough Energy Ventures- 通过创新帮助地球达到零碳排放的倡议 - 已经提高了10亿美元的资金。

The new capital will fund some 40-50 startups, according to彭博新闻,并将专注于一些开发的棘手的绿色技术,包括气候友好的钢铁和水泥生产,长途运输和用于捕获空中碳的技术。

Breakthrough Energy Ventures is led by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and公开推出2016年12月,其投资者和董事会包括来自全球各地的超过2种超富有的技术和商业领袖,包括杰夫贝罗斯,理查德布兰森,Linkedin联合创始人Reid霍夫曼,阿里巴巴的杰克马和迈克尔彭博。

基金已经支持的初创公司正在跨越广泛的技术,包括电池,熔化抗器,生物燃料,地热功率,清洁肥和替代蛋白质来源。

A notable feature of the fund is its“患者资本”对20年期间进行投资的方法,而不是传统的风险投资方法,这些方法在五年内寻找投资回报。

As Bloomberg notes, Breakthrough Energy Ventures aims to make money, but is focused on meaningful climate benefits: the startups need to make the case that they can scale up to size that cuts “at least 500 million metric tons of annual CO₂ emissions — about 1% of global emissions.”

In November, one of the startups backed by the fund,QuantumScape went public凭借与Kensington Capital,专用习得公司或SPAC的合并。公司,是developing lithium-metal battery technology, also attracted $300 million in investments from Volkswagen.

根据A的情况,去年投资低碳能源过渡的金额为全球5.013亿美元 - 这是一个新的记录。report out last weekfrom BloombergNEF.

There are other efforts large and small underway to drive more innovation to cut carbon emissions.

  • 上个夏天,Amazon推出其20亿美元Climate Pledge Fund,一个有助于可持续技术的风险投资计划,可以帮助它履行其承诺,到2040年被2040年成为净碳中立。
  • 一年前,Microsoftcreated its $1 billionClimate Innovation Fund并宣布它将碳负极2030.
  • 其他最富有捐助者的气候投资车辆包括素质和Khosla Ventures。
  • 也是去年,西雅图为基础Decarbon8-US, or D8, and Portland-based nonprofitVertueLab宣布在气候空间中的慈善投资基金。
  • 2019年,盖茨宣布突破能源企业欧洲, an investment fund that aims to boost clean-energy innovation in Europelaunched有1亿欧元。

But some experts caution against so much emphasis on innovation as the answer to solving climate change. Penn State climatologist迈克尔·曼恩争辩公共政策需要成为驱动因素,并且有需要升高的绿色技术。突破能源是包括投资基金的总体组织确实包括与政策制定者合作,作为其战略之一。

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