Digital & Technology

HSBC Commits $1 Billion to Boost Climate Tech Innovation

HSBC, one of the world's leading financial institutions, has unveiled a substantial commitment to accelerate climate technology innovation. The bank has pledged to invest a total of US$1 billion in promising early-stage climate tech ventures on a global scale.

This significant funding initiative is designed to bolster startups dedicated to pioneering solutions across a spectrum of critical areas. These areas include electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, advanced battery storage, sustainable practices in the food and agriculture sector, and cutting-edge carbon removal technologies.

Notably, HSBC had already taken a major step in this direction earlier in January 2022 by becoming an anchor partner in the Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, with an initial investment of US$100 million.

This commitment from HSBC comes at a pivotal moment as venture capital funding for climate-focused startups experienced a sharp decline of 40 percent in the first half of 2023. The International Energy Agency (IEO) recently underscored the urgency of innovation in the fight against climate change in its report titled "Net Zero by 2050: a Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector." The report emphasized that nearly half of the emissions reductions required to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 will depend on technologies that are presently in the demonstration or prototype phase.

HSBC's ambitious investment strategy is aligned with its broader commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, at the latest. Barry O’Byrne, the CEO of Global Commercial Banking at HSBC, emphasized the crucial role of financial support for early-stage climate tech enterprises, stating, "Access to finance is critical for early-stage climate tech companies to create and scale real-world solutions. We are already working with some of the most exciting companies at the forefront of climate tech, from seed to global scale-up. With HSBC’s global reach, in-house climate tech expertise, and newly launched Innovation Banking proposition, we can offer these pioneer companies unrivalled support."

HSBC's substantial investment signals its determination to foster groundbreaking climate innovations and contribute significantly to the global effort to combat climate change.