Chris Holmes, Investment Adviser to John Laing Environmental Assets Group, said: “Most people accept that to achieve the highly ambitious target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 would require multiple policy levers, such as change in social patterns, societal improvements, energy efficiency measures, changes in the fuels we use for heat and transport, zero carbon power production alongside carbon capture and storage.
“This would require major changes to the way we work and live. However, many of the routes to a zero-carbon future, such as the scaling of green energy technologies including wind, solar, waste management and biogas production, are already taking shape today.
“The acceleration to commercialise and scale the production of green energy is essential if we want to deliver a zero-carbon world in an affordable and realistic way within this timeframe. Scaling up of green energy provides a compelling opportunity for investors to take advantage of the secular move towards large scale, commercialised environmental infrastructure.”
John Laing Environmental Assets Group manages a fund with £500 million invested in environmental infrastructure projects that utilise natural or waste resource or support more environmentally-friendly approaches to economic activity.