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Cleantech Investment and Private Equity: An Industry Survey

July 2010

Investment interest from the private equity and venture capital community in the cleantech sector has increased dramatically over the last few years. Growing political and commercial awareness of the need for investment in cleantech, particularly to combat ever increasing environmental challenges, has continued to drive this activity. This has led to a steady rise in the number of dedicated cleantech funds and to an increase in investment mandates from funds with a more generalist approach, viewing cleantech investment opportunities as part of a diversified portfolio.

Norton Rose LLP and Cleantech Investor have together conducted a survey to canvass opinion from the private equity and cleantech communities, seeking input from investors, cleantech companies, advisers and consultants all of whom are active in cleantech business. The survey has been undertaken to support an enhanced understanding of the challenges facing investment in this sector, to pinpoint some current trends that appear to be developing and to stimulate further discussion. A particular thank you to all of our respondents for participating in this survey.

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Come Clean: A report on barriers and opportunities for cleantech in Europe

November 2009

Poor quality communication is limiting adoption of cleantech products and services

A market research survey by Weber Shandwick and KRC Research has indicated that poor quality communication from suppliers is limiting UK adoption of the cleantech products and services. The survey found that although 69% of large organisations in the UK have specific cleantech purchasing policies in place, they are not following through on good intentions due to a lack of information about cleantech choices. Concerningly, the message about the potential benefits and cost savings of cleantech choices is not getting through: two in five of the organisations surveyed said that cost is the biggest barrier to making cleantech investments.

A third of the senior purchasing decision-makers surveyed across the UK currently receive no information at all from cleantech companies. An additional third say that they don’t get enough information from cleantech suppliers. 11% of those surveyed said that the information they do receive is too complicated.
The Weber Shandwick research has shown that the UK is lagging behind Europe on future intentions on green procurement in general with only 17% of UK organisations planning to place more importance on green procurement in future. This is significantly behind Spain (37%) and France (28%).


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WATCH: Podcast of Michelle McGlocklin (Managing Director, Weber Shandwick Technology) giving an overview of the research

WATCH: Podcast of Charles Secrett (Senior Associate for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Chair of the Board of the Triodos Bank Renewable Energy Fund) and Eric Auchard (Global Technology Columnist at Reuters)  commenting on the research



What Cleantech Companies Want

First published in Cleantech magazine Sept/Oct 2009. Copyright Cleantech Investor 2009

We compare the results of two recent surveys of cleantech companies - one conducted in Germany, the other in the UK - and summarise their conclusions.

The Rushlight Cleantech Survey of UK companies was conducted by Eventure Media Ltd. The survey of German cleantech companies was conducted by Zurich-based Mountain Cleantech AG, together with Julian Steinmeyer, a researcher from the Technical University of Munich.


The methodology and aims of each survey were different. Comparing the results is further complicated by the fact that the sub-sector breakdown of samples polled in each country was very different. Renewable energy made up less than a third of total respondents to the UK survey (31.4%), but comprised well over half of the German group (54.8%) - reflecting the importance of solar power companies in Germany.

The differences in methodology and survey groups notwithstanding, there are some interesting parallels – and contrasts – in the information gathered on the financing of cleantech companies.


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