As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc on global economies it’s also helped many unglamorous investment markets to prosper.
Impact investing is emerging to transform both infrastructure and the environment. In April 2019, the impact investment market was worth $502bn. (Global Impact Investing Network) Today, banks, private equity firms and other investors have launched impact investing funds.
Spring Lane Capital, an impact investing firm in Boston, has invested in two organic waste infrastructure businesses. Atlas Organics turns sewage waste into industrial heat and energy, while Aries Clean Energy is building a biosolids gasification plant to manage sewage sludge in New York.
“That is the kind of infrastructure that continues to be built even while other parts of the building trades or construction projects and the like have had to shut down,” said Rob Day, a general partner at Spring Lane Capital.
Other industries that are seeing impact investing include utilities, food and education.