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Local Innovation Partnerships

The Local Innovation Partnerships (LIP) project was established to identify a more effective approach to exploring great ideas, developing and testing innovative solutions and launching new ventures in mainstream markets.  The LIP model is based on establishing Innovation Partnerships with key stakeholders keen to capture the creativity of Entrepreneurs and Innovators and to accelerate the development of new ventures by placing values-driven Innovation at their heart.

The LIP project is responding to critics of the mainstream markets who have long maintained that it is the negative consequences of conventional economics and its impact on local communities, society at large and on the wider environment where the need for reform is most acute.   LIP’s are needed to help create new ventures that adopt a much more holistic approach and recognise the essential interdependence between the Economy, Society and the Environment. 

The LIP approach addresses the widespread concern for the long term resilience of our economies, which is compounded by macroeconomic factors such as the Covid pandemic, the challenges of global warming, biodiversity loss, land use, water scarcity, income disparity, social unrest and extreme poverty.  These are all indicators of systemic failure of our businesses, innovation systems and the resultant economies to create value at the scale required to overcome these challenges.  Innovation decisions must be carefully considered if we are to foster businesses that aim to mitigate or adapt to these challenges and given the scale of the challenges, and the scale of the investment needed to overcome them, it is clear that:

  • Current National Innovation Systems architecture (i.e Innovation Centres) is inadequate and failing to create value at the scale and pace needed to overcome global challenges.
  • Financial returns must be seen to match market rates if the scale of investment required to overcome global challenges, is to be met.   

These are the principles that underpin the LIP model and are based on the conviction that the transition to a resilient economy must inevitably be led by well governed businesses striving to reduce the environmental impact of creating value for society.

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Tree Carbon Exchange Project

The Tree Carbon Exchange (CO2x) project was established to accelerate the scale and pace of the civic engagement needed to plant trees to mitigate the impacts of climate change and was launched in response to the government’s pledge to plant millions of trees a year to help the UK to meet its CO2 emissions targets . With the Climate Change Committee suggesting that 30-60 million trees must be planted every year until 2050 , clearly tree planting at this scale imposes significant economic, environmental and logistical challenges .

The proposed CO2X framework enables small scale woodland projects, consisting of just one tree or many, to derive the same economic incentive from the carbon offset markets as large operators.  By opening up the economic benefits of the carbon offset market to every landowner, this initiative offers the UK a simple market-driven approach to achieve its tree planting ambition at the scale and pace needed to meet the government’s emission targets.  The CO2X framework represents an innovative approach to validating newly planted trees and verifying the CO2 captured by them, using Fintech and smartphone technology. 

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MII Portal

The MII Portal was established to develop and disseminate the concepts and methodology for an approach to investment analysis characterized as Mainstream Impact Investment.

Mainstream Impact Investment (MII) focuses on the mainstream markets but adopts a much more holistic approach that recognises the essential interdependence between the economy, society and the environment. 

 Its an approach that creates wealth at competitive rates by investing in well governed businesses operating in mainstream markets, that reduce the environmental impact of creating value for society. I’m referring to businesses that are strategically managing their social and environmental impacts; i.e those that are aware of the negative consequences of their activities and are doing something about them and in so doing, are breaking the link between economic growth and environmental destruction – uncomfortable bed fellows that have gone hand in hand since the start of the industrial revolution.

So let’s be under no illusion; the objectives of Mainstream Impact Investment are no different than those of any other well managed fund. The aim is to create wealth for investors at competitive rates. However, in practice, this is achieved by integrating rigorous financial analysis with sustainability research. 

This approach just makes good business sense.  By analysing how businesses mitigate or adapt to disruptive macro-economic factors  and the negative consequences of their own activities, helps analysts build a more robust case for their investment decisions. A key difference is that analysts will discriminate against those that see sustainability and business as competing agendas or as a compliance exercise. 

Adopting an MII approach means looking for businesses that are fundamentally structured so that economic success is not undermined by the negative consequences of their own activities.  In one sense, analysts are looking for business leaders who know how to break the link between economic growth and environmental destruction. 

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