We only invest in projects that will make a positive environmental or social impact – if it’s good for the environment, it’s good for us all.

To become part of the Earthworm community, every company we identify offers both great commercial potential and can improve sustainability in one of our strategic pillars: Food, Energy or Waste. We support ambitious management teams, applying our own experience and expertise in development, construction and operations to help those companies realise the promise of their ideas. Earthworm community members work together to share ideas and best practice, supporting each other to get the best return for our investors.

Food

Exploring new farming techniques to feed a growing population.

Energy

Empowering the consumer and conserving natural resources.

Waste

Helping the UK meet its recycling targets and diverting waste from landfill.

Food

The world’s population is growing with no signs of slowing down. When you add the effects of climate change on top of that, how the world will be able to feed itself in a sustainable way becomes a very big question. Over the next 30 years, world agricultural production will need to increase by around 60% to meet expected population increases. In the UK, the population is predicted to grow to more than 70 million by 2030. Put simply, we need to be smarter about how we grow food. We are looking at hydroponics and vertical food production to aquaculture, alternative protein sources and other efficient farming techniques.

Energy

There’s a big list of things that the UK will need to transition into a sustainable, circular energy economy, so there’s a lot of potential in this sector. We’re looking at increasing energy efficiency, preserving natural resources and how energy is used. Technological advance opens up a world of opportunities, whether digital such as peer-to-peer transactions, or product design such as advanced solar panels – who knows what our energy landscape could look like in a few years’ time?

Waste

Given the UK’s continued reliance on landfill, there’s a strong demand for new projects and environmentally friendly solutions in the waste sector. Landfill tax charges are at record highs – so both waste collection and disposal are as bad for the taxpayer as they are for the environment. The fact is, the UK does not have the facilities it needs and exports a lot of waste to Europe and beyond. We need to increase our capability to recycle organics, metals and plastics on a much bigger and more sustainable scale.

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