Green Returns: Why It Matters

The private equity industry invests in thousands of companies, employs millions of people and manages assets equivalent to 10% of U.S. GDP. Working with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), The Carlyle Group (Carlyle), Oak Hill Capital Partners (Oak Hill Capital) and other leading private equity firms provides EDF with a powerful lever to impact business and environmental performance at a wide range of companies across the economy.

In addition, given its long term investment horizon and operational and financial expertise, the private equity industry is uniquely positioned to take advantage of opportunities to improve environmental management across the investment life cycle, from due diligence through portfolio company management and stewardship.

Green Returns is EDF’s growing body of tools and resources designed to create business and environmental value for companies throughout the private equity sector. Tested and proven to yield results across a broad range of companies, Green Returns can help private equity firms and portfolio companies identify opportunities to: 

  • Improve efficiency
  • Cut costs
  • Reduce environmental impacts, and
  • Build more valuable, competitive companies

We invite you to adopt and adapt our Green Returns approach, tools and resources to best suit your company, team and strategy, and to help the private equity industry lead the way towards a more sustainability economy.

See how Green Returns works

Environmental value creation opportunities exist along the investment life cycle, from differentiation with limited partners, to enhanced due diligence, to portfolio company operations and competitiveness.

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