BNP Paribas and Tech Nation launch Net Zero 2020

September 8, 2020

BNP Paribas is proud to launch Net Zero, a six-month UK partnership with Tech Nation, a growth platform for tech companies and leaders. Net Zero aims to nurture fast-growth tech companies that will help the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The tech sector will play a pivotal role in tackling the climate crisis. Pioneering early-stage scale-ups will contribute to net zero directly through emission-reducing and carbon-capture technologies, as well as indirectly through changing consumer behaviour, and increasing efficiencies. Key sectors that stand to benefit include energy, transport, agriculture, manufacturing, building technology and many others.

As one of the world’s pre-eminent banking groups, headquartered in Europe and with a major presence in the UK, BNP Paribas is at the forefront of digital technology and is a world leader in sustainable finance.  We work closely with startups and fintechs to establish new ways of working and to deliver the best possible customer experience.

BNP Paribas’ mission is to contribute to a sustainable economy through the provision of financing and advisory services according to the highest ethical standards and in line with the UN SDGs. We offer secure and innovative financial solutions to individuals, corporates and institutions, including support for the energy transition and cleantech startups, while striving to address the big challenges of today. And there are no bigger challenges today than the environment, local development and social inclusion.

“Supporting Net Zero in the UK requires collective mobilisation, and clean tech solutions are a vital part of accelerating the energy transition,” says Anne Marie Verstraeten, UK Country Head, BNP Paribas. “As a bank supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy, we have a responsibility to connect our ecosystem of clients and the innovative startups at the forefront of developing technologies that tackle environmental challenges. This partnership with Tech Nation highlights the power of coalitions that is essential to scaling up climate action and creating a fairer, greener and more resilient world.”

BNP Paribas was named Euromoney’s Best Bank for Corporate Responsibility 2020, Western Europe; Environmental Finance’s Lead Manager of the Year for Corporate Green Bonds 2020; and The Banker’s Most Innovative Investment Bank for Climate Change & Sustainability 2019

Click here to read the Executive Summary of the Tech Nation Net Zero Report 2020.