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Strategic financing for a better world

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Worldwide, 84% of business executives have said they expect climate change to alter the ways their firms conduct business over the next two to three years (according to a 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers report).

The urgency for business and industry is summarised by business magnate, Rupert Murdoch, “We need to push ourselves to make as many reductions as possible in our own energy use…But we must do this quickly…the climate will not wait for us.”

Mexico’s climate imperative

Few countries have acted as quickly, and as concertedly, as México. As the world’s 11th largest economy and with a population of 110 million, México has compelling reasons to consider the impact of continued growth on the climate, environment, and national and global natural resources. In the past decade, its policies have enabled the country to emerge as a global leader in the fight against climate change. As one of the first countries to adopt the Kyoto Protocol, México has consistently scored in the top ten on the Climate Change Performance Index. By comparison, the US and Canada were in the bottom ten in 2009, among a group of nearly 60 nations.

Mexican-based companies like Water Capital are spreading this sustainable approach throughout the country’s energy-dependent industrial and manufacturing sectors. With a long-standing reputation for providing financing solutions for environmental equipment, this leasing and speciality firm has become a leading financier of general equipment, including sustainable assets.

“Corporate environmental responsibility is critical to our success,” said Gustavo Tellez-Giron Peon, Water Capital’s CEO. “We are reminded daily of our planet’s environmental degradation, and our job is to offer efficient solutions that contribute to improve it through new ecological and financial strategies.”

Agent of change

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The company works with technology partners to design, build, finance and operate environmental assets in several areas including: decentralised water treatment plants, energy efficiency solutions and clean power generating facilities using renewable resources. Last year, Water Capital partnered with Wal-Mart México to install 1,056 solar panels to generate 20% of the store’s energy demand and eliminate 140 tons of CO2 emissions. The company anticipates the project’s success will encourage other clients to replicate it.

Like a growing number of firms, Water Capital views sustainability and environmental responsibility as a key pillar of its business philosophy, and has done so since its inception in 1998. These businesses understand the need to build close ties to partners for any impact to be lasting. Water Capital has created strategic alliances with partners such as Ecolo-Systems, a pioneer in the development of technology for waste water treatment and reuse systems, and Greenrock Capital, an independent, private investment firm focused on opportunities in the sustainable, clean energy sector. In 2007, the company co-founded Universidad del Medio Ambiente (UMA) the first university in México specialising in environmental issues. This is a research and development vehicle for the development of innovative, sustainable solutions that can be financed by Water Capital.

Go green to stay in the black

México’s industrial and manufacturing sector is poised for tremendous growth over the coming decade. There is heightened concern about maintaining a balance between continued growth and environmental sustainability, but as awareness of firms’ environmental impact continues to grow, so too will Water Capital’s financial solutions.

“We are focused on financing sustainability,” said Tellez-Giron Peon, “We know there is a lot that can and should be done to improve the environment. We believe new solutions to old problems will improve the environment, and will allow investors to earn attractive returns.”

Water Capital has raised the stakes by proving a business model founded on environmental responsibility and committed to change through novel ecological and financial strategies can not only survive, but also thrive in the new global reality. The future looks green indeed.

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