Although the financial markets have seen their fair share of volatility over the last decade, there has been a growth in opportunities for investors wanting to invest in environmentally conscious businesses. If you are looking to make a more positive impact on the world while also seeking returns on your investment, it is important to be aware of some of the emerging trends and themes surrounding environmental investment.
The internet of things
New and interesting developments have arisen around technological integrations. Many appliances and devices now come embedded with sensors, software and the ability to connect to a network. This new interconnectivity in objects enables them to collect data so that manufacturers can identify areas of efficiency or inefficiency and make changes accordingly.
However, this industry is still in its infancy, so there will be some time before it fully flourishes. With that said, it remains an attractive piece of tech for manufacturers, so there is every chance that the industry will continue to grow, presenting potential investment opportunities in both software firms and manufacturers alike.
Many vehicle manufacturers are set to bring electric offerings to market in 2020, due to a predicted rise in consumer demand. It had been announced that the sale of new diesel and petrol cars would be banned by 2040. Boris Johnson has now brought the deadline forward to 2035, given that pressure was being put on the Government to make it as early as 2032. The increase of electric vehicles on the road may in turn lead to increased investment in charging infrastructure.
There may also be investment opportunities in companies that produce the technology and components required to develop and manufacture electric vehicles.
There has been a rise in the fast fashion industry and with it have come notable environmental concerns – the European Environment Agency lists textiles as the fourth biggest pollution after housing, transport and food. Fast fashion has a very negative impact on the environment, from the amount of water that is required to create products, to the amount of fabric that ends up in a landfill or is burned.
As a result, opportunities have arisen around the creation of materials that are more environmentally friendly than cotton or fossil-fuel derivatives, so firms involved in the development of sustainable materials may have future potential.
With concerns around climate change reaching greater heights, the need for environmentally conscious solutions become all the more important and with this comes potential investment opportunity. One to watch perhaps.
19 February 2020
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