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AVPN x Circulate Capital: Catalyzing Capital to Advance the Circular Economy and Fight Climate Change in Asia

07 October 2021

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The circular economy presents a specific and unique opportunity for corporate, private and development finance investors to capture the value of plastic waste as well as to meaningfully mitigate the climate impacts of plastic pollution, especially in Asia.

According to Circulate Capital, we could eliminate almost 150 million tonnes of GHG from the environment if we prevented 100% of the plastic leakage in India and Indonesia by 2030. That is the same amount of GHG savings derived from shutting down 40 coal-fired power plants.

When looking at both the cost of inaction and the returns of sustainable investments, investing in climate resilient infrastructure and in the circular economy makes sound economic sense. Accenture estimates that globally, the circular economy could generate $4.5 trillion of additional economic output by 2030. As a consumption and production powerhouse, Asia has the potential to showcase the circular economy at scale.

The main challenge is to attract the billions of dollars needed to scale solutions that will transform the way plastic products are designed, produced, consumed and recycled, and bring the waste management infrastructure to the next century. To catalyze the capital needed, we must prove that investing in this sector is scalable and can generate attractive returns, while meeting sustainability and ESG targets.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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We see social investment as a continuum that encompasses everything from philanthropy and venture philanthropy to impact investing, CSR and sustainable investment. We call this the “Continuum of Capital”.

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