Investing: Six Green Ideas for Your Money

Natural architecture in Juan-les-Pins

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This villa, built by architect Maurice Suzette, champion of “Natural Architecture”, is located under the skies of the Riviera in Juan-les-Pins (Alpes Maritimes), amidst lush greenery and fruit trees with the added advantage of a postcard setting: panoramic sea view, cape Antibes and Garop Lighthouse. Here, nature and light are prioritized, with an eco design designed to be as non-intrusive as possible with the environment. Thanks to the installation of solar panels on the roof and a geothermal heating system, this house is energy efficient. It is built on a plot of land of 4400 square metres2This property offers a living space of 550 m2 On three levels and six bedrooms. Among the facilities installed are: a saltwater swimming pool, gym, sauna, spa, four car parks, and two boxes. Engel & Völkers Cannes sells this property for 5,200,000 euros.

Decoration: Long live the second hand

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Why not decorate your interior by buying used designer furniture? This is what the Selency platform offers. Created in 2014, it is an online flea market that operates as a marketplace that claims to select items for sale Two main criteria: quality and durability.. The big trend at the moment concerns antique furniture made of natural materials (wicker, rattan, travertine). Since this spring, the online used furniture operator has been selling a selection of items in 25 Monoprix stores. Silence announces compensation for carbon dioxide emissions2 Related to deliveries, by financing development projects in renewable energies such as Akuo Energy’s solar plant in Var, or installing servers powered by 100% green energy thanks to the methane conversion process implemented at the Breton farm.

Green crowdfunding in the figure

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An increase of 85%. This is the incredible leap made in 2021 by green crowdfunding, which funds the energy transition. According to the sixth scale implemented by GreenUnivers in partnership with Participatory Finance France (FPF), this pool amounts to €185 million made on eleven platforms. Last year, 367 projects raised funds, compared to 194 projects in 2020. These cumulative initiatives correspond to a capacity of 2.6 gigawatts of renewable energies. In recent years, the range of these targeted investments online has expanded. There are historical platforms (Enerfip, Lendosphere, Lendopolis, etc.) that only provide financing for facilities aimed at the production of renewable energies (solar, wind, geothermal) that serve a yield of 3 to 6% annually. However, other players (Lita, Tudigo, etc.) have specialized in financing utopian projects launched by companies (VSE, start-ups, SMEs) or clusters in the fields of agriculture, textiles, technology or industry. This is another way to support the responsible local economy. Never guaranteed, performance changes between 4 and 7% annually.

In Brittany, an ecological home

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A natural product and a good heat insulator, wood is a preferred material for building an eco-house. Such is the case of this property located in Locmaria-Grand-Champ, a small village 10 kilometers north of Vannes (Morbihan). Designed in the spirit of a loft, this contemporary one-story residence is 157 meters long2, including a large living space open to the outside and three bedrooms. During its construction in 2017, the current owners decided to use only ecological and biomaterials. Thus, the interior floors are cork and the facade cladding is Canadian fir. The house is equipped with twelve solar panels, which is semi-passive. Its Power Performance Diagnostic (DPE) displays a score of A, which is the best score. At a time of rising energy costs, this place stands out for the sobriety of its consumption. Especially equipped with a wood stove and aluminum windows that avoid thermal bridges, this house has an annual heating bill of around 500 euros. This property is sold by Espaces Atypiques, its price is 540,800 euros.

Trapeze tables by Jean Prouvé. From the dining hall of the Anthony University premises, it is offered at auction (500,000 to 800,000 euros each). Proceeds from the sale will be used to renovate student housing at Crous.Ling Sing / Adir Eb

Furniture: Jean Prouvé in a virtuous position

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How about making room for a tapered table by famous French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé (1901-1984)? Today, Ader Entreprises & Patrimoine is auctioning in Drouot, the two “Trapèze” (1956) table of this designer, from the dining hall of the residence of Jean-Zay d’Antony (92). These 3.32-meter-long, legendary pieces, with legs made of folded sheet metal with a black laminate surface, cost between €500,000 and €800,000 each. In addition to these two designs, a small compass-shaped table made by Jean Prouvé with Charlotte Perriand (from 3,000 to 5,000 euros) will also be on sale. In order to sell this emblematic 1950s furniture currently owned by Crous de Versailles, two physical and online sales have been scheduled. The next sale online, with 600 lots, will take place from 1Verse Until September 16. To complete this virtuous circle, proceeds from these sales will be used to fund the renovation of student housing at Crous. In the spirit of recovery and promotion of circular economy, unsold or damaged parts by apprentices will be recovered. Others, which cannot be repaired, will be recycled into a new piece of furniture.

Peat bog bed box

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Generali Insurance is marketing through June 27 a structured fund that plans to provide financial support to the National Forest Office Endowment Fund. Dubbed “K Harmonie June 2022”, this financial product is designed with a mechanism known as formula boxes. In other words, its performance is determined on the basis of a complex equation that depends on the development scenarios of the stock market and, more specifically, on an internal benchmark. Created for the occasion, this basket consists of the 50 best European letters and the 50 greatest Americans. “Capital Protection Barrier effective up to 50% of this index with potential reminders scheduled every six months”says Fabrice Cohen, head of structured products at Generali Wealth Solutions.

The non-guaranteed return target is 6.80% per annum and the entry ticket is €1,000. In addition to this very classic process, this box features its impact component. The insurance company has signed a partnership with the ONF undertaking to pay 0.10% of the amounts invested in this vehicle for a period of four years. The amount will not be deducted from the invested capital by savers but will be paid by the company. Thus, approximately 15,000 euros per year will be used to finance a very concrete measure of public interest: the hydrological restoration of the peat bogs of Lacon (Tarn) located in a national forest managed by the United Nations National Office. In the face of global warming, the preservation of these peat bogs makes it possible to preserve wetlands. Essential to biodiversity, algae are meant to store water in times of flood and release it in times of drought.

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