Impact Investing

Ferd Impact Investing invests in early-phase companies with the potential both to have a positive impact on the climate and environment, and to generate a robust risk-adjusted financial return. We primarily invest through funds and other forms of complementary and resource-efficient partnerships.

We concentrate on three sectors in which Ferd has a strong position and significant expertise: Renewable energy, proptech and aquaculture.

Our three focus areas

Renewable energy

If the world is to achieve its emission reduction targets, far greater use needs to be made of renewable energy. The growth in energy from renewable sources has been remarkable thanks to new technologies and business models that have significantly reduced the cost and increased the availability of solar energy, wind power and energy storage. We look for companies and managers within these and related areas.

Proptech

The construction and real estate industry is responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions globally. New innovations in areas such as materials technology, energy efficiency and recycling are helping to reduce emissions significantly, while digital solutions and the sharing economy are enabling resources to be used more efficiently. Ferd is a significant investor in real estate and seeks to invest in proptech-related companies and funds that work to make the industry more sustainable.

Aquaculture

Seafood is recognised as the most environmentally friendly source of animal protein. Wild-catch seafood production has stabilised in recent decades, while aquaculture production has grown and now exceeds wild-catch in terms of total volumes. Ferd Impact Investing invests in companies and funds that address sustainability challenges in the aquaculture industry, e.g. fish health, fish escapes and the industry’s carbon footprint.

If the world is to achieve its emission reduction targets, far greater use needs to be made of renewable energy. The growth in energy from renewable sources has been remarkable thanks to new technologies and business models that have significantly reduced the cost and increased the availability of solar energy, wind power and energy storage. We look for companies and managers within these and related areas.

The construction and real estate industry is responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions globally. New innovations in areas such as materials technology, energy efficiency and recycling are helping to reduce emissions significantly, while digital solutions and the sharing economy are enabling resources to be used more efficiently. Ferd is a significant investor in real estate and seeks to invest in proptech-related companies and funds that work to make the industry more sustainable.

Seafood is recognised as the most environmentally friendly source of animal protein. Wild-catch seafood production has stabilised in recent decades, while aquaculture production has grown and now exceeds wild-catch in terms of total volumes. Ferd Impact Investing invests in companies and funds that address sustainability challenges in the aquaculture industry, e.g. fish health, fish escapes and the industry’s carbon footprint.

Our investments

Our investments span a range of geographies and industries, but common to them all is that they are intended to have a significant positive impact on the climate and environment.

Antler is the world’s largest early-stage investment platform, and invests in skilled and visionary people across the world. Antler’s portfolio companies solve genuine challenges and create sustainable value that makes the world a better place.

Arkwright X Investment Family (AXIF) is an Oslo based club deal structure where Ferd, as a program investor, has access to invest alongside Arkwright X and the other program investors. AXIF invests in early stage B2B tech companies with attractive business models and the potential to deliver a positive impact to the UN SDGs. AXIF is sector agnostic, but prefers proptech, enterprise software, energy, mobility, fintech and food. The AXIF program ties the program investors closer to the portfolio companies than what is normal in a traditional venture fund, enabling potential cooperation and synergies between Ferd´s established companies and the AXIF portfolio companies.

The Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) invests in early-stage companies that contribute to environmental sustainability in sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction and transportation. EIF has a systematic approach to sustainable investment. This results in better investment opportunities and a larger environmental impact for less capital.

Momentum is a Bergen-based venture fund that invests in sustainable, innovative and ambitious companies that are in an early growth phase. The fund has a particular focus on ocean industries and seeks to exploit the competitive advantages that Norway has in both aquaculture and the maritime sector, as well as Momentum's geographic location in Western Norway. The fund’s ambition is to build next-generation world-leading technologies in Norway while delivering a robust financial return and a positive impact on the environment.

NeXtWind is building a portfolio of onshore wind energy assets in Germany, with the ambition to either replace the old wind turbines with new and more efficient turbines (repowering), or to increase the lifetime of the existing turbines (life extension). This will increase the production of renewable wind energy while the LCOE (Levelized Cost Of Energy) is reduced. The NeXtWind team accumulates significant experience within clean energy, finance and entrepreneurial management.

Seagust will harness the offshore wind to further develop renewable energy and build a stronger Norwegian supplier industry. The company intends to apply for offshore wind acreage in Norway’s upcoming licensing round. Seagust is a joint venture company between Arendals Fossekompani and Ferd.

Wind Catching Systems (WCS) develops a disruptive concept for offshore floating wind energy, with a potential to produce green electricity at a significantly lower LCOE than other floating wind technologies, and at a smaller area. Aibel AS, The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and Innovation Norway are key partners in the technology development. Ferd invests in WCS together with North Energy ASA.

Team

Erik Bjørstad. Photo: Dag Knudsen

Erik Bjørstad

Director Impact Investing Impact Investing
Phone: 92 04 09 89

Kathrine Lærke Søndergaard

Investment Professional Impact Investing
Phone: 97 66 99 69