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Ener2Crowd, the first P2P lending dedicated to sustainable energy, has financed 15 projects in its first year

Launched in late 2019, during 2020 it has financed 15 campaigns raising $1.96 million (€1.6 million) intended for projects that aim to reduce CO2, managing to aggregate a community of about 2,600 people. Due to the pandemic, global CO2 emissions have decreased by about 7%, or 2.5Gigaton (2.5 billion tons), but what is not decreasing is the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Daphne Freeman

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Ener2crowd is the first Italian Lending Crowdfunding platform dedicated to companies that develop interventions in environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It offers the opportunity to lend capital online and participate in the development of energy projects obtaining in return economic and environmental benefits.

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Ener2crowd 2020 results and 2021 forecasts

Launched in late 2019, during 2020 it has financed 15 campaigns raising $1.96 million (€1.6 million) intended for projects that aim to reduce CO2, managing to aggregate a community of about 2,600 people.

The company was founded in 2018 by Niccolò Sovico, Energy and Nuclear engineer with experience in the USA; Sergio Pedolazzi civil engineer with managerial experience in the energy saving sector; Paolo Baldinelli, degree in economics, with significant experience in the energy and consulting sector; Giorgio Mottironi, expert in marketing and behavioral dynamics connected to economic systems on the B2C and B2B market.

A peculiarity of Ener2Crowd is that, for each project, a normalized parameter called “EnerScore” is provided and assigned to each single investment proposal. This parameter defines a global rating that summarizes in an objective, complete and understandable way all the data that characterize the project.

In its year-end newsletter, the platform provided an interesting picture of the global climate situation and signs for the future.

The global climate situation

Due to the pandemic, global CO2 emissions have decreased by about 7%, or 2.5Gigaton (2.5 billion tons), but what is not decreasing is the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, which, today, is about 390ppm (parts per million), with a rate of growth (increasing) of 2.5ppm per year.

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The total annual CO2 emissions are about 36.44Gigaton, with a per capita volume of 4.75ton, but many countries, especially the richest ones, especially producers and exporters of fossil fuels, emit much more than others. Italy is also above the world average, with 5.59ton/capita.

According to an analysis by Ville Seppala, which combines data from the Global Carbon Project with data on world population from the World Bank, finds that the richest 1% emits more than twice as much as the poorest 50% of the world’s population. In other words, 70 million inhabitants emit more than twice as much as 3.8 billion people.

Signals for the future are almost all positive

For the first time in history, oil prices have gone negative. The saw the largest reduction in emissions since World War II. Investment in the energy sector (including Coil&Gas) plummeted by 20%.China has symbolically announced that it wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

With 200GW of renewable power installed worldwide, a new global record has been reached. In the U.S., renewables have surpassed coal in energy production since 1800. 2020 was probably the hottest year ever. Coal demand fell by 5% on a global scale. Only one LNG (liquefied natural gas) power plant was sanctioned in all of 2020. Electric vehicles posted record sales.

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Daphne Freeman has worked in the crowdfunding and impact investing industry for the past few years, gaining experience in marketing, and connecting businesses and entrepreneurs in need with the right investors. As a seasoned grant writer as well as financial market journalist, she is passionate about making a social impact in the world. A free spirit, Daphne also enjoys writing and exploring topics of interest, currently CBD, health and beauty, and social media influencers.