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Green Investment Group publishes second annual Progress Report

03 Oct 2019

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Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) has today published its annual Progress Report on its mission to accelerate the transition to a greener global economy.

Published and presented at the Macquarie Green Investment Group Green Energy Conference 2019 today, the Progress Report highlights GIG’s transactions throughout the reporting period* , provides a forward look to GIG’s future strategy and includes detailed green impact reporting.

Throughout the reporting period, GIG invested and arranged over £2.4 billion globally, in line with its green purpose.

Highlights include:

  • the construction of the first waste-to-energy project in Scotland to supply industrial heat from the new Earls Gate Energy Centre;
  • the acquisition of a 43 MW Swedish onshore wind farm at Hornamossen, meaning GIG has now sourced and structured almost 1 GW of power purchase agreements in Sweden;
  • the acquisition of GIG’s first projects in Norway and Poland;
  • the debt financing of GIG’s first battery storage project in Southern California; and
  • the first ever listed renewables yieldco in sub-Saharan Africa, through our joint venture with the UK Government, UK Climate Investments.

Following the acquisition in August of a 40 per cent stake in what will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, East Anglia One, GIG has now supported nearly 50 per cent of total UK offshore wind capacity in operation or construction.

On 25 September 2019 and as part of the commitments made at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Macquarie announced its intention to develop a 20 GW pipeline of new renewable energy projects through GIG. Many of these projects are expected to be backed by corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) arranged by GIG. Around a fifth of the overall pipeline is expected to be sourced in emerging market countries where climate finance flows have been historically weaker.

Mark Dooley, Global Head of GIG, said:

2019 may well be remembered as the year that the climate emergency truly entered the public consciousness. GIG’s mission to accelerate the transition to a greener global economy has never been so urgent, or critical.

“Our commitment to develop a pipeline of 20 GW over the next five years is a central part of our efforts to help deliver a rapid increase in the pace and scale of renewable energy developments coming forward, particularly in emerging markets. Alongside this, we continue to support the growth of the global PPA market and evolve our advisory services to meet the increasing demand for green impact reporting.”

“I’m extremely proud of the continued growth and ambition of GIG’s activities, and as the world’s energy transition continues, we’re determined to continue leading the charge.”

GIG also published its green impact for the year to 31 March 2019. This details how GIG activity during that period is estimated to result in the avoidance of 13,000kt of CO2e – equivalent to removing 165,000 cars from the road – and will support over 43,000 GWh of renewable energy generation , equivalent to the energy consumption of 440,000 homes. In accordance with GIG’s leading green impact performance reporting framework, the estimated lifetime renewable energy generated by all GIG investments to date now totals 492,667 GWh. 

Download the Progress Report


Notes to editors
*Green impacts are reported in line with the financial year - April 2018 to March 2019 – and have been independently assured by Deloitte.

Media enquiries

Lindsay Roberts
Tel: +44 7920 212813
Email: Lindsay.roberts@greeninvestmentgroup.com

About Green Investment Group and Macquarie Group

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG) is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. Its track record, expertise and capability make it a global leader in green investment, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy.

The business was launched initially by the UK Government in 2012 as the first institution of its type in the world. The organisation was acquired by Macquarie Group in 2017, creating one of Europe’s largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors, and now operates under the name Green Investment Group.

Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs 15,715 people in 30 markets. At 31 March
2019, Macquarie had assets under management of £305.8 billion. For further information, visit www.macquarie.com.

For more information, visit www.greeninvestmentgroup.com and www.macquarie.com.