Green Energy

“If aliens did visit us, I’d be embarrassed to tell them we still dig up fossil fuels from the ground as a source of energy.”- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Challenges

Energy comes from a variety of sources which can be categorized as renewable and non-renewable. Non-renewable energy sources are mined or extracted from Earth and have a limited supply, so they cannot be replenished for millions of years once they run out. One of the non-renewable energy sources is fossil fuels, which heavily contribute to the climate crisis emitting significant amount of greenhouse gases when burned. Fossil fuels are utilized in numerous ways, including in various industrial process, transportation and burned for energy. The combustion of fossil fuels also releases air pollutants that harm the environment and human health.

Renewable energy sources (also called clean energy sources) are naturally replenished, and in general, their supply is unlimited. Significant of renewable energy sources include wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass. Their carbon footprint is minimal and, in general, much better for the environment. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is widely considered one of the main solutions to mitigate the climate crisis.

Climate Crisis

Climate Crisis

Greenhouse gas emissions have been the leading cause of global warming, induced by human activity. The single largest contributing sector globally is electricity and heat production. Therefore, it is essential to decarbonize our energy sector to reach a net zero emission world. (IPCC, 2014)

Lack of Access to Electricity

Lack of Access to Electricity

The global electricity access rate has improved from 83% in 2010 to 90% of the total global population in 2019 – meaning 90% of the global population has access to electricity in their houses for day-to-day activities. Still, 759 million people were left without electricity access in 2019. (UN, 2021)

Lack of Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Lack of Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Unfortunately, 88% of the total US energy consumption is currently fueled by fossil fuels and only 12% is from renewable energy sources. Therefore, infrastructure developments will be integral to our transition to renewable energy sources. (U.S Energy Information Administration, 2021)

Net Zero Investment Gap

Net Zero Investment Gap

Getting the world on track for net-zero emissions by 2050 requires clean energy transition-related investment to accelerate from current levels to around USD 4 trillion annually by 2030, a figure that is around 1/5th of the U.S. GDP. Investments are required in several areas of the energy transition to reach affordable clean energy. (IEA, 2021)

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FLIT’s solution and green energy

Investment Rationale

Over recent years there has been an investment shift away from fossil fuels to green energy. This is not only driven by public demand for a lower carbon footprint, but also by declining costs of renewable energy technology, innovations in electric battery capabilities, governmental policy shifts. Over the long-term, we believe favorable changes in public opinion and economic fundamentals are likely to further benefit the industry. The size of the green energy market is estimated to reach $2 trillion by 2025 and has the potential to meet 80% of all energy demand growth over the next 10 years. (First Trust, 2021)

Impact Metrics

The SDG #7 Affordable and Clean Energy aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. We track specific metrics to measure and manage the impact of clean energy companies. FLIT is here to help you invest your resources into companies that are actually making a difference.

Portfolio Spotlight

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) has been the first to commercialize hydrogen fuel cell technologies. It has over 150 patents and provides hydrogen solutions for the mobility, material handling, and stationary power markets. The Company has deployed over 50,000 fuel cell systems for e-mobility, more than anyone else in the world, and has become the largest buyer of liquid hydrogen, having built and operated a hydrogen highway across North America. It has a strategic partnership with Airbus to decarbonize air travel and airport operations with green hydrogen; and Fortescue Future Industries to manufacture electrolyzer technology in Australia.

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 the transition to renewable energy sources. The selected companies are engaged in manufacturing, development, distribution, and installation of emerging clean-energy technologies including, solar photovoltaics, wind power, advanced batteries, fuel cells, and electric vehicles. 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.

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Solutions beyond investing

Individual:
What can you do?

  • Calculate your carbon footprint and reduce your demand for fossil fuels
  • Be conscious about your energy consumption – unplug and switch off your electricals when not in use and upgrade your appliances
  • Switch to a renewable electricity provider
  • Check if your bank is a leading fossil fuel financer and switch to a better one
  • See how you can support NGOs and other initiatives that put pressure on politicians. Support politicians who support a green agenda
  • Review your investment portfolio and divest fossil fuel companies and invest in clean energy

Beyond:
What about systemic change?

  • Subsidize renewable energy
  • Transition away from fossil fuels
  • Build renewable energy capacity
  • Stop financing and insuring fossil fuel projects

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.