Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Gaia Sciences Innovation

Greensphere founded GAIA Sciences Innovation (“GSI”) in June 2022 with a first close in July 2022. GSI, is an early stage investor and incubator in plant and fungal science companies that have solutions ranging from sustainable agriculture to habitat restoration. Working with some of the leading plant/fungal science, habitat restoration, agricultural and food technology research institutes in the world, GSI will commercialise and scale up best-in-class research in biodiversity, botanical and fungal science, forestry, food and agriculture, and habitat restoration.

Greensphere hopes that the linkages and investments made by Gaia Sciences Innovation will further develop the UK as an international scientific and entrepreneurial hub for aspects of biodiversity such as habitat restoration science. This investment in nature-based solutions aims to create high-skilled green jobs, increase laboratory space dedicated to this type of science, and build up skills and technological capability in this sphere.

 

Gaia Sciences Innovation aims to invest over £100 million in the next few years into early-stage investments and new business creation – commercialising and scaling the application of science to promote greater biodiversity including for plants, sustainable forestry and agriculture, bees and habitat restoration.

The examples of some of the solutions Gaia Sciences Innovation will focus on are developing climate-change resilient food crops, alternative rainforest crop propagation, pollinator restoration and apiculture, plant-and cell-based meat and dairy, zero-carbon fertiliser, carbon capture (both direct air capture and point capture), zero-carbon alternatives to palm oil, advanced biofuels, natural pesticides and natural products for drug development.

 

Natural Capital Projects

Greensphere is working with major institutional investors to invest in the structured finance of large-scale natural capital projects in sustainable agriculture, forestry, habitat restoration and sustainable land scheme projects. Such schemes range from continuous cover forestry projects to sustainable land schemes.

Some examples of projects that Greensphere is currently working on: