From Fossil to Regenerative: why Sustainability is more than “Net Zero”.

We are all human, forever swayed by our emotions. To drive change and achieve a positive, regenerative future for everybody, we have to tell a story that's inclusive and appeals to our emotions. The transition to a regenerative future is just as much a human as a technological challenge.

First, shift the paradigm

The greatest and most urgent challenge of our generation is the transition to a world that functions without fossil fuels. The technology to do this is already here and somehow all we try to achieve is to be "less bad".

For years, "Net Zero", "Decarbonization" or "Renewable Generation" were the terms used to describe "sustainability". By "protecting" the environment or climate through terms like "net zero", "decarbonization", or "renewable generation", humanity was destined to achieved the bare minimum. For years, the passive "do nothing" approach in doing the least possible and compromising future generations was the result of incentives that don't seem to work.

The planet is indifferent to its climate, temperatures, or biodiversity - but are we humans? Time to protect our existence, secure our prosperity, and improve our quality of life. Time to turn a threat into an opportunity for everybody.

Second, achieve sustainability in stages - from green to restore and regenerate

The first step is to achieve "sustainability" as commonly described by limiting our impact. It is the balance point where we give back as much as we take, also known as "net zero", just not limited to CO2. However, this is only the beginning.

The second step is enabling ecological and social systems to a healthy state through "restorative" sustainability.

The third step is to maintain a healthy state and to evolve through "regenerative" sustainability.

AI generated image showcasing two paths separated by a river.

A regenerative economy

The goal: achieving a regenerative economy in the GHG-protocol scopes 1 (all direct greenhouse gas emissions), 2 (indirect greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the generation of the procured energy), and 3 (other indirect greenhouse gas emissions that are primarily associated with the company's activities). Promoting the transition to renewable energies, we directly contribute to the goals #7 (affordable and clean energy) and #9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure) of the 17 SDGs (sustainable development goals).

And there is more: renewable energies have the power to contribute to many more of these targets. Used right, AgriVoltaic can pave the way to target #2 (zero hunger) by combining increased energy and agricultural yield. Renewable energy sources are the most cost efficient and independent way to produce energy, contributing to target #1: no poverty.

Energy - from fossil to regenerative

Together we must manage to build a regenerative supply landscape, that is to ensure our environment not only a weakened sustainability but a beneficial existence, regenerative systems are the future and they are already possible today!

A mix of wind, solar, hydro and biomass together with battery energy storage systems form the basis for our energy future. The synergy of the individual advantages of these energy sources combined with the multitude of decentralized wind and solar PV generation plants and energy storage is strong enough to take this path.

Incentives - how to combine people, planet, and profit?

Investments in renewable energy allow the connection of people, planet and return. The facilities (assets) necessary for the long-term and safe generation of renewable energy lay a perfect foundation for a scalable and diversified investment vehicle due to their decentralized and local characteristics. Nuclear and fossil energy sources are finite, while wind, solar, and hydro are insatiable resources, freely available almost everywhere.

Wind turbines generate about two-thirds of their energy at night and solar energy is self-generated during the day. Both technologies allow for similar energy production costs that are unparalleled by fossil or nuclear power. This, combined with battery energy storage systems, is the perfect basis for scalable yield on a smart mix consisting of wind, solar PV, and BESS systems. Investing in renewable energy projects that use clean energy sources are thus the most attractive way to achieving both financial returns and positive environmental and social impacts.

Join us on our mission to create a positive, regenerative future for Switzerland - together, today!