The environment is under increasing pressure due to climate change caused by pollution, poor waste management and the burning of fossil fuels. Social investment is enabling charities and social enterprises to develop social business models that link environmental and social benefit by supporting renewable energy, recycling furniture and preserving nature sites. Recent policy changes for Feed-in Tariffs will have an impact on the viability of future community energy and other renewable schemes.
This is an outcome area where we have has been less active as most of our investments have been in community energy projects (see Citizenship and Communities). So far impact evidence has been quite limited and we would like to see better information that demonstrates the link between environmental and social and impact in areas such as fuel poverty or improving health and wellbeing.
Further information is available on our social issue page about conservation of the natural environment.