2021/10/5 – The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) today celebrates the strategic partnership between BerQ RNG and Starwood Energy Group, announced earlier this month. Starwood Energy’s investment in BerQ RNG includes the acquisition of BerQ’s first renewable gas project in London, Ontario, including the interest held by TAF and co-investors. Starwood Energy and BerQ now aim to install additional renewable gas projects throughout North America, leveraging industry momentum and contributing to significant carbon reduction.
TAF kickstarted this transaction in 2019 with a commitment of $1.25 million. TAF also convened a syndicate of co-investors — Hamilton Community Foundation, London Community Foundation and VERGE Capital.
“The BerQ and Starwood partnership is emblematic of TAF’s investment strategy. We support cleantech entrepreneurs and projects, demonstrate the viability of low-carbon solutions, mobilize and ‘crowd in’ other capital, and achieve both financial returns and climate impact” says Tim Stoate, TAF VP, Impact Investing.
“TAF had the vision and confidence to invest in the early days of our project. This helped us tremendously to attract other capital. It speaks to their mission of helping early-stage environmental companies and leveraging TAF’s capital to create follow up investments. We will always be grateful for their support in the early stage of our company” says Bas van Berkel, BerQ RNG President and CEO.
The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and helps scale them up for broad implementation. We are experienced leaders and collaborate with stakeholders in the private, public and non-profit sectors who have ideas and opportunities for reducing carbon emissions. Supported by endowment funds, we advance the most promising concepts by investing, providing grants, influencing policies and running programs. We’re particularly interested in ideas that offer benefits in addition to carbon reduction such as improving people’s health, creating local jobs, boosting urban resiliency, and contributing to a fair society. www.taf.ca
BerQ RNG is an investment platform and developer of RNG projects across North America with a portfolio of projects in development and execution, helping dairy farms, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies to reduce their environmental impact and create economic value. For more information, please visit www.berqrng.com
Julie Leach, Communications Manager, TAF: firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-393-6382
Tom Johnson, BerQ RNG: email@example.com, (212) 371-5999