Resource efficiency

Our mission is to help accelerate the transition to a greener future, and that means taking action in all areas of our society and economy. That means tackling the dirty and unseen infrastructure that makes our current way of living so unsustainable.

We are proud to be working with some of the companies who are trying to make a dent in this sizable challenge. Whether it is finding innovative ways of creating energy from waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, or using technology to cut the carbon footprint of our colossal food supply industry, these investments are making a real difference on cutting the environmental cost of what we consume and throw away.

Resource efficiency
5 investments

Finding innovative ways to make better use of what we throw away

As a country, despite our diligent recycling, we still send around 12 million tonnes of rubbish to landfill each year, with a further 3.6 million tonnes exported to European countries. And some types of waste — like $black plastic food containers or old car dashboards — simply can’t be economically recycled.

It’s a dirty problem which needs new and innovative solutions. Abundance customers have backed a number of projects from pioneering businesses tackling this issue — ranging from creating biofuels from whisky residues, to recycling an old coal-fired power station to run on sustainable energy pellets made from organic waste and residual waste plastic. These solutions — in combination with further progress on reducing our levels of waste — are critical if we are to build a less wasteful future.

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Helping grow more of the food we need closer to home

When we think about reducing the environmental impact of the food we eat, the focus is often put onto consumers’ dietary choices. But we must also transform the way we produce our food to make a real difference. We import half of our fruit and vegetables — particularly outside the traditional UK growing season — so we must find ways of growing more of the food we want closer to where we need it, while conserving other natural resources such as land and water.

We are working with UK companies using technology — from advanced greenhouses to hydroponics — to cut the carbon cost of the food we want to eat, and give consumers the choice to buy british for more of the year.

Investment case studies