NVCA Today: Carbon Value in Cleantech: Critical for Valuation, Revenue and Partnerships

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Carbon Value in Cleantech: Critical for Valuation, Revenue and Partnerships

The appetite of the venture capital community for Cleantech investment is large and growing, totaling more than $5.1 billion in 2007 and approximately $1.25 billion for the first quarter of 2008. Climate change represents one of the primary drivers for this investment Today, scientists have effectively convinced investors, companies and consumers of the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Therefore, U.S. regulation is inevitable and, in the case of California, on a time-line already established by AB32 (the greenhouse gas legislation passed in 2006 which requires reductions in emissions to 1990 levels by 2020). While the scope and content of such regulation remains unclear, carbon reduction will certainly have value. And every private (and public) company will be affected, with disproportionate impact on those in the Cleantech space.

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