Climate Solutions

“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.” – Barack Obama

Challenges

Global warming is undeniable. Over the last 70 years, there have been unprecedented changes in our climate; oceans and atmosphere have warmed, ice and snow have melted, and the sea level has risen. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC) has issued multiple dire warnings recently that our current emission plans are still not enough to divert the effects of climate change, but we have some limited time left to act.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions have been the leading cause of global warming, induced by human activity. Largest contributing sectors are electricity and heat production, agriculture, industrial processes, and transportation. (IPCC, 2014)

Climate Justice

Climate Justice

Historically marginalized countries emit less than developed countries but are more effected - especially the Global South. Given that the U.S. is responsible for 15% of all global emissions and is the second-largest contributor after China (30%), it has a special responsibility to participate in mitigating the crisis. (IPCC, 2014)

Rising Temperatures

Rising Temperatures

We are currently on track to reach 3.2 Celsius degrees increase in temperature by 2100. Ecosystems that support and maintain our lives will be negatively impacted by rising temperatures(IPCC, 2022). Based on our actions of mitigating climate change there are different futures that lie ahead.

Deathly Consequences

Deathly Consequences

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 13 million annual deaths globally are due to avoidable environmental causes, including the climate crisis(WHO, 2022). By 2100, there will be at least 83 million deaths directly caused by the increased temperatures(Nature Communications, 2021).

TIME TO TAKE ACTION

FLIT’s solution and climate solution

Investment Rationale

The Climate Crisis is one of humanity’s biggest challenges today. However, we are aware of the causes and where the action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach a net zero world. Through constant innovation, multiple impactful solutions are already available across the most relevant sectors – from energy efficiency and renewable energy generation through waste reduction and treatment to a sustainable food value chain. The investment needs are growing as the world is falling behind on the environmental targets. With an unquestionable demand for climate solutions and structural growth drivers we believe the selected sectors are well-positioned to deliver attractive financial returns besides the positive environmental impact.

Impact Metrics

There are multiple SDGs with climate goals and indicators in their targets including SDG #2 Zero Hunger, SDG #6 Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG #7 Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG #12 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG #13 Climate Action. FLIT is here to help you invest your resources into companies that are actually making climate action.

Portfolio Spotlight

Waste Management Inc. provides comprehensive waste management environmental services to 20 million customers in North America. They manage and reduce waste at each stage from collection to disposal, while recovering valuable resources and creating renewable energy. With 48,500 employees, they operate 255 solid waste landfills, 5 secure hazardous waste landfills, and 340 transfer stations. They recycled over 15.5 million tons of waste in 2020. Their landfill gas-to-energy operations generate enough electricity to power 500,000 homes each year. They are recognized as a sustainability leader, winning various awards each year.

Benefits of FLIT’s Expert Curation

Our team at FLIT has researched hundreds of investment funds and companies, and we have curated a portfolio that we believe will help save the Earth. We have identified the main polluting sectors and selected the companies that are providing impactful solutions. These companies cover energy efficiency, water infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, waste management and pollution control among others. We provide users with transparent data on the sustainability practices of each company to ensure an investment aligns with your values. We strongly believe that this approach to investment is essential for our future and profitable.

Individual:
What actions can you take?

  • Calculate your carbon footprint and reduce your demand for fossil fuels
  • Switch to a renewable energy provider and be conscious about your energy consumption
  • Reduce meat and dairy consumption and consider more plant-based options vegetarian/vegan…
  • Make conscious purchasing decisions – buy local, thrift stores and ditch single use items
  • Opt for public transport, walking or cycling where you can
  • Unplug and switch off your electricals when not in use
  • Invest in companies developing climate solutions

What about systemic change?

  • Vulnerability reduction: through education, poverty alleviation, ecosystem management (maintenance of green spaces and genetic diversity), etc.
  • Adaptation: through power plant and electricity grid adjustments, ecological restoration, public health services and economical options like financial incentives, etc.
  • Transformation: through a change in agricultural practices, social innovations and political decisions consistent with reducing risk, etc.

Investment themes

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Prior to founding FLIT Invest, Alejandro worked at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in New York, where he oversaw and managed investments for ultra-high net worth families. Before J.P. Morgan, he was an investment analyst at Northwestern Mutual, responsible for developing comprehensive financial plans and asset allocation models. Alejandro is a CFA charterholder and former professional soccer player.

Steven is a UX/UI Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BA from CSULB focusing on graphic design. Steven approaches his projects with a keen eye for design while prioritizing user-friendly solutions. He is passionate about animal welfare, and environmental causes.

Prior to FLIT, Kinga worked at Ericsson as a software developer specializing in data analysis where she developed machine learning models to evaluate the quality of the encrypted media traffic over mobile networks. She is an advocate for promoting a transparent and effective work environment. Kinga values diversity and feels strongly about providing access to education. She has a sweet tooth, loves reading and HIIT training.

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Prior to founding FLIT Invest, Richard was an investment banker at ING in London. He advised banks, asset & wealth managers, FinTechs and other financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions, financing and other strategic projects. He is an impact investing enthusiast having advised BlueOrchard – leading global impact investing asset manager – on their sale to Schroders. Richard is a former professional triathlete, vegetarian and nature enthusiast.

Serena is a sales and growth professional. She has experience in rapidly scaling revenues for consumer products through the deployment of marketing campaigns and team strategy development. Serena has a keen eye for identifying and implementing emerging consumer trends that result in better user experiences. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and is a loud voice in the fight for gender and racial equality.

Martin is a Software Architect and Developer whose goal is to make FLIT Invest an application that puts usability and security first. Martin started his career in finance, where he developed an integrated treasury solution for banks and corporations. Then he deep-dived into medical imaging at Siemens Healthcare, where he spent years developing a next-generation radiography system. Martin is an avid traveler and loves cycling, hiking, and skiing.

Zsolt has worked as a Software Engineer in Germany, Scotland, and Hong Kong. His work experience lies predominantly in the FinTech industry, both in startups and well-established companies. Before FLIT Invest, Zsolt was a developer at Asia’s leading wealth management platform in Hong Kong. Alongside FLIT, Zsolt is completing his Master’s Degree in applied mathematics in London. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and reading fiction.

Tina is a UX/UI Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her expertise in both Economics and Interactive Design allows her to approach topics from a variety of perspectives in order to create products, assist people, and solve problems. She characterized challenges in a larger scope as an explorer, and she continued to look for solutions that would better human life. In addition to design, Tina is enthusiastic about women’s issues in society and animal welfare in various countries.

Peter is a Mobile Engineer with extensive experience in native iOS and Android app development. He has worked with various Fortune 500 companies across industries including fintech, transportation, human resources, energy, accounting, and pharmaceuticals. Being a lifelong learner he’s always eager to acquire new skills in various topics. He’s enthusiastic about different aspects of finance, and in his free time he enjoys working out.

Nick is a User Researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving his BA in Psychology, he moved on to receive a certificate in UX/UI from UCLA which set him on the path to understanding users. Nick approaches User Research with an empathetic lens, ensuring that every user’s needs are considered in each step of the process. Nick is passionate about providing sustainable change, and in his free time, he’s looking for another national park to check off the list.

Brian is a self-taught iOS developer based in Los Angeles, CA. Driven by a strong interest in finance and renewable energy, he takes pride in being part of a team that takes huge steps towards a greener future. Prior to joining FLIT, Brian played multiple competitive games such as League of Legends at a top-tier level- applying the same mindset of growth and improvement from gaming to his iOS development. Brian is often playing the piano in his free time and is extremely fascinated by artificial intelligence.

Rob is an impact investing analyst passionate about sustainability and its role in finance. Currently, he is a student at the University at Buffalo (UB), where he is the President of the UB Sustainable Business Association and a Board Member of the UB Equity Research Group. In his free time, you can catch Rob exercising or golfing.

Holly is a BSc Psychology with International Placement graduate from the University of Manchester, UK. She has worked and volunteered in the social care sector for 7 years and whilst at university, established an award-winning student zero-waste shop. She is passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability, and in her spare time volunteers as a Scout Leader and enjoys going for tea and cake with friends.

Jake is an entrepreneur, designer, and biologist passionate about sustainability. Previously, Jake founded VOSTIC, a company that manufactured and distributed a kelp-based replacement for plastic. Jake holds a master’s degree in Design Systems from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College. On weekends you might find him making music or snowboarding at Mt. Hood.