Green investment

More than half of the world’s GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature and the services it provides and is thus at risk because of nature loss.(1) Recent research highlights business investments in nature could create $10 trillion in opportunities.(2) We are working with institutional investors to help channel some of the £2.5 trillion in UK pension funds into green investment. There is a huge opportunity to direct more of these funds towards nature recovery in the UK, in line with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations and contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Increasingly, large institutional investors are using funds to convert companies from ‘brown to green’ in adherence to UK pension rules and financial disclosure – Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) – metrics and targets. These funds are starting to ask more of the companies they are investing in: to reduce emissions (Scopes 1, 2 and 3) and to improve their environmental and social impact or lose out. We support these investors, who are looking to do things differently and who are turning the tide against climate change and biodiversity loss.

At Binnies, we are:

  • finding the best opportunities for natural capital restoration with additionality
  • providing the evidence for modelling and verification of impact (including carbon, water quality and biodiversity) for market mechanisms that channel new revenue streams using tools such as carbon codes, biodiversity net gain (BNG) and nutrient neutrality
  • supporting the development of new financial mechanisms and governance structures (including environmental bonds, community benefit societies, habitat banks and carbon codes)
  • helping companies and investors to understand their natural capital risks and dependencies (aligned with the Natural Capital Protocol) by integrating nature-related risks into decision-making and disclosure and to prepare for the emerging TNFD Target 15 requirements (September 2023) via ‘locate, evaluate, assess, prepare’ (LEAP), net zero and nature positive commitments
  • helping our clients to comply with carbon reduction commitments, e.g., TCFD via governance, strategy, risk management and metrics and targets; the water sector’s Green Recovery Programme; and asset management plan period 8 (AMP8).

Our core expertise in green investment is as follows:

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Project examples:

  1. Supporting water companies in the delivery of the £800 million Green Recovery Programme. We are identifying and modelling opportunities for biodiversity and carbon sequestration, developing catchment scale business cases for peatland restoration in Scotland. We are working with Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) to design a multi-catchment-wide investment programme in regenerative farming and are currently working on an Ofwat Innovation Fund bid.
  2. Supporting the RegenerateTEAM in modelling revenue via BNG and water quality outcomes for a new environmental bond investing in the roll-out of regenerative farming in the UK.
  3. Setting up a community benefit society for Chester Community Energy Ltd, which so far has avoided 150 tCO₂e emissions, giving a return of 4% per year for shareholders.
  4. Working for various landowners and local authorities to model and quantify revenue from carbon and BNG markets to fund nature recovery.
  5. Benchmarking and modelling opportunity impact across catchments, e.g., Transforming the Trent Valley (200 km²) and the River Thames Scheme (800 ha).
  6. Supporting the development of a Wetland Carbon Code, with modelling and evidence.

(1) World Economic Forum (2020). “Global Risks Perception Survey 2019–2020”, Appendix B, “The Global Risks Report 2020”.
(2) World Economic Forum (2020). “New Nature Economy Report II: The Future of Nature and Business”.

Binnies is part of the RSK group of companies

The RSK group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.