HSBC Plans US$1 Billion Climate Tech Funding Push

British-based but Asian-centric banking group HSBC has announced that it plans to make available US$1 billion of financing to early-stage climate tech companies around the world.

The financing is expected to support start-ups to create a range of new solutions, including EV charging, battery storage, sustainable food and agriculture, and carbon removal technologies.

This announcement also follows the launch of HSBC Innovation Banking and of HSBC Asset Management’s Climate Tech Venture Capital strategy.

“Access to finance is critical for early-stage climate tech companies to create and scale real-world solutions. We are already working with some of the most exciting companies at the forefront of climate tech, from seed to global scale-up,” said Barry O’Byrne, CEO of Global Commercial Banking at HSBC.

“With HSBC’s global reach, in-house climate tech expertise, and newly launched Innovation Banking proposition, we can offer these pioneer companies unrivalled support.”

HSBC is seeking to deepen its support for the ecosystem of climate tech innovation. This comes as recent data shows that after successive rapid year-on-year growth, venture capital funding for climate start-ups plunged by 40% in the first half of 2023, as market conditions in the venture capital space put downward pressure on nascent tech valuations.

HSBC said its climate tech proposition aims to enable these critical technologies to reach the market more quickly at scale.

While the majority of global early and growth stage climate tech investment has focused on the USA and Europe, HSBC’s US$1 billion allocation plans to focus on high-potential climate tech companies, wherever they are in the world.

Estimates suggest almost half the emissions reductions required to reach net zero in 2050 will come from technologies that are currently in the demonstration or prototype phase.

In a statement HSBC said it aims to support climate tech innovation to scale, supporting early-stage companies and providing capital for first-of-a-kind demonstration projects, including through its US$100m investment in Breakthrough Energy Catalyst.