The government is launching a new effort to support green start-up companies by joint-funding a £40million venture capital fund to supercharge the development of next generation clean, low-carbon technologies.


The Clean Growth Fund will contribute towards the UK's plans to reach Net Zero by 2050 and will be accessible to companies driving green technology across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors. Potential examples of projects the fund could support include:

  • energy storage and smart grid systems to bolster resilience in the power system
  • renewable heating and ventilation technologies across homes and commercial buildings
  • bio-fuels and bio-energy systems


With £20m of government investment matched pound for pound by CCLA, one of the UK's largest charity fund managers, the fund could reach £100m by Autumn 2021 through private sector fundraising.


Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, said: "The need for innovative and ambitious ideas across green industries has never been greater. I am pleased that with the help of this fund, promising clean growth start-ups will be able to step up to accelerate the UK's recovery, while supporting our path to Net Zero by 2050.


"This pioneering new fund will enable innovative low-carbon solutions to be scaled up at speed, helping to drive a green and resilient economic recovery."


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  • introduce new corporate restructuring tools to the insolvency regime to give companies the time they need to maximise their chance of survival
  • temporarily suspend parts of insolvency law to support directors during this difficult time


The bill was introduced on Wednesday (20 May) and will now make its way through Parliament. 


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