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New Green Investment Group tool demonstrates the climate benefits of over 40,000 wind and solar assets

02 Oct 2019

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  • GIG’s Carbon Score tool will use BloombergNEF’s (BNEF) renewable energy project data to assess the positive carbon impact of over 40,000 wind and solar assets
  • Over 60% of wind and solar projects globally will receive a GIG Carbon Score
  • The Carbon Score will provide robust and comparable data to allow measurement of renewables assets’ contribution to carbon reduction.

Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) today announced a ground-breaking new initiative to increase the availability of standardised, climate-related data. In partnership with BloombergNEF (BNEF) GIG’s pioneering Carbon Score methodology will be combined with BNEF’s market-leading renewable energy project data to build a tool to assess the carbon impact of over 40,000 wind and solar assets, globally. The tool will be launched at the Macquarie GIG Green Energy Conference in London on Thursday the 3rd of October.

As developers, asset owners and managers, project finance providers and energy consumers increasingly seek to understand the environmental benefits of projects better, the demand for robust environmental data continues to grow. However, as recognised in the recent Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI) Financing the Low-Carbon Future report, the integration of climate-related risks and opportunities into investment decisions continues to be challenged by a lack of information.

GIG’s methodology helps to address some of this by generating a simple and intuitive Carbon Score for renewables assets, enabling BNEF clients to quickly, clearly and consistently assess, and compare, the positive carbon impact of individual assets, fund portfolios or PPAs. Through the partnership, GIG’s Carbon Score will be applied to over 60% of the world’s consented wind and solar projects.

Power off-takers will be able to identify opportunities to purchase high-impact clean power, while asset owners and managers will have access to robust data to quantify and report on the contribution of renewable energy assets and portfolios to carbon reduction more accurately.

Mark Dooley, Global Head of GIG, said:

I am delighted that this joint initiative between GIG and BNEF brings together two global leaders in their field. The transition to a lower carbon economy demands that climate impacts are factored into investment decisions. GIG has developed market-leading methodologies in the quantification of environmental benefits and I’m proud that we’re opening access to our Carbon Scores, to help stakeholders quantify their positive contribution in tackling climate change.

Jon Moore, CEO of BNEF, said:

Our goal is to provide better data to enable our clients to make more-informed decisions. This initiative will help developers and investors assess and compare the carbon impact of renewable energy projects across the globe promoting investments in cleaner renewable assets.

GIG’s green impact advisory services, including green impact reporting, are available to third parties. For more information please see here.


Media Enquiries

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

BloombergNEF
Veronika Henze
Tel: +1 646 324 1596
Email: vhenze@bloomberg.net

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

About BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF (BNEF) is a leading provider of primary research on clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials, and commodities. With a team of experts spread across six continents, BNEF leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies. Available online, on mobile and on the Terminal, BNEF is powered by Bloomberg’s global network of 19,000 employees in 176 locations, reporting 5,000 news stories a day. Visit www.about.bnef.com or request more information.