Sustainable Industries

Corporate advisors, Asia and Australia.

AFG Venture Group has expertise in environmental, energy, water, infrastructure, clean tech, IT&T and related services businesses in the sustainable industries sector. Services we offer include strategy development, growth business consulting as well as transactional services of capital raising - both debt and equity, merger, acquisition, divestment and licensing. There are growing opportunities for our Clients both in the Asia Pac region and in global markets. Our Clients are global, regional and local companies.

The key drivers are demand for:

  • Energy security including take up of new and distributed energy sources;
  • Water security;
  • Doing more with less;
  • Minimising and reducing carbon footprint;
  • Sustainability;
  • Industrial ecology;
  • Efficient services;
  • Cleaner and more efficient processing;
  • Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity; and
  • Transformational business models including co-operative business models to serve the needs of a growing population with resultant changes in demand and requirements for food, materials, energy and water.

Asia Pacific

Two-thirds of the world's middle classes, or more than 3 billion people, will reside in the Asia Pacific region by 2030 and most of them will be found in either India or China.

By 2030 the Asia Pacific will account for nearly 60 percent of global middle class spending of more than $55 trillion. India and China will come to dominate this spending, with substantial demand from the rest of the Asia Pacific region.

The Result: Increasing Demand for Green Services and Evolution to a Green Economy

The United Nations Environment Program (“UNEP”) defines the Green Economy as one that:

"results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy is low-carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive. In a Green Economy, growth in income and employment are driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services." (UNEP, 2011)

In our view the Green Economy covers the following broad areas namely:

  • A low carbon resource efficient economy;
  • A socially inclusive economy;
  • An economy that protects biodiversity and ecosystems services;
  • An economy that does more with less;
  • An economy that has energy and water security;
  • An economy that has the information and knowledge tools that allow increasing efficiency and improvements; and
  • An economy that rewards and recognises sustainability.

The Australian Advantage

Our competitive advantages include our proximity to Asia, an immediate advantage over most other western economies, logistical (including being in the same time zone as China) and healthy political and economic ties with most Asian countries, all big drawcards for Australian companies.

As such, Australian sustainable industries are perfectly placed to access the major economies of East and South Asia, the centres of world economic growth, underpinned by a rapidly expanding Asian middle class.

The Opportunity: Sustainability

Sustainability is a global issue and we see the opportunities in particular in:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Cleaner processing / manufacturing
  • Services that promote sustainability
  • Industrial ecology

Reference

United Nations Environment Program (“UNEP”) 2011, Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, Accessed 23 August 2012, www.unep.org/greeneconomy.

 

Latest Sustainable Industries News

May 3 2013The latest Pew Centre Report on Clean Energy

Apr 16 2013The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Aug 28 2012Technology, Engagement, Global Warming and the Green Economy – Karl Schutte, Associate, Head of Sustainable Enterprises, AFG Venture Group

Apr 2 2012Surprises for 2012 – Graham Boyd, Policy Strategist & Fund Manager, Gemini Group

Apr 2 2012The New World Order of Carbon Pricing: Seven Reasons Why Companies in Australia Should Take Action – James Lau, Principal, Frogtree & Jeremy Barker, Partner, A.T. Kearney

 

Key Specialists


Lindley Edwards - Group Chief Executive Officer

Lindley Edwards is the Group Managing Director of AFG Venture Group (www.afgventuregroup.com) and its various subsidiaries. Lindley is an experienced corporate advisor and has worked on numerous private and public M&A and corporate transactions in the food/agri, services, retail, education, technology and resources sectors. Her work involves merger, acquisition, divestment, fund raising, licensing, strategic consulting, distribution and joint ventures. Since the mid 90's Lindley has been very active in Asia, which includes Asean and North Asia undertaking corporate transactions as well as micro credit and social impact work.

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Faisal Badroen - International Specialist Advisor

Faisal Badroen has over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions at a number of Indonesia's most prestigious financial institutions and education facilities, including the role of Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the State Islamic University. More recently Faisal has focused on corporate advisory activities relating to financial and corporate restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. These activities have allowed Faisal to utilise his extensive network of contacts throughout the government, financial services and education sectors. [more...]


Choo Lye Heng - International Specialist Advisor

Choo Lye Heng has over 30 years experience in banking and corporate finance, and has been extensively involved in fund-raising transactions (tapping the equity and debt capital markets) and in mergers and acquisitions. He has a successful track record in the institutions that he worked for, including the ING Group, and Banque Indosuez, which has a very long history of doing business in Asia. Lye Heng was Managing Director of Indosuez' Investment Banking unit in Singapore up to 1996. During this time, he had initiated a highly successful Mezzanine Debt business that worked in conjunction with the Bank's Private Equity division. [more...]


Deming Chung - International Specialist Advisor

Deming Chung has been with AFG Venture Group as an Associate Director since 2010. He has 8 years of experience spanning finance, entrepreneurial start-ups and business development consulting. He has prior experience with Barclays Capital as an Analyst supporting the Debt Syndications business; he performed due diligence on global loan syndication deals and provided direct support to the business line COO. During his tenure, he built up in depth knowledge in syndications as well as banking systems, processes and infrastructure. He is currently acting as partner of a sales advisory that provides consulting and executing capabilities to American technology and local SMEs that want to have a foothold in Asia. [more...]


Glen Robinson - Managing Director, Asia Advisory

Glen Robinson has spent the last several decades focussing on the establishment and development of cross border alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the manufacturing, processing and distribution areas, and targeted to Asean

These corporate advisory activities are based on more than 30 years' experience in management consultancy, and he has worked with a wide range of industries from agriculture, government through to manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

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