This environmentally responsible investment by the EIB should be seen in the context of the priority attached by the European Union (EU) to climate action. In October 2014 the European Council adopted a target for the EU whereby renewable energy was to account for at least 27% of energy consumption by 2030 – a decision that made a significant contribution to the European Union’s action plan in this area, which is at the heart of the preparations for the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP, 21), due to be held in Paris at the end of 2015.
In this context the EIB’s investment in the specialised Mirova Eurofideme 3 fund is emblematic. It should help to attract other investors in France and Europe to invest in the renewable energy sector, the key being the implementation of projects with a high economic and social impact.
Mirova’s strategy is to participate proactively in mobilising capital to achieve a low-carbon economy. The launch in mid-2014 of Mirova Eurofideme 3, Mirova’s third fund targeting renewable energy projects in Europe, demonstrates this proactive approach. To launch this fund, Mirova has relied on its 12 years of experience in managing projects in this field, which have enabled it to finance nearly 700 MW of new wind and solar photovoltaic projects in France and Sweden.
Commenting on the EIB’s investment, Raphael Lance, Manager of Mirova’s renewable energy funds, said: “We are very proud to welcome the EIB’s involvement in Mirova Eurofideme 3. The confidence shown by our traditional investors and the EIB confirms our approach and our investment philosophy of entering into long-term partnerships with industrial developers in high-quality greenfield projects that will generate stable recurrent revenue. The additional investment capacity provided by the EIB will enable us to accelerate our investments in renewable projects in Europe, and this commitment marks an important stage in our fund-raising activities, which will continue in 2015.” After carrying out two initial transactions in France, the team is currently examining numerous investment opportunities, particularly in northern Europe.
“It is a sustainable, innovative and socially responsible financing operation”, commented EIB Vice-President Philippe de Fontaine Vive. “Our investment should be seen as part of a sustainable development approach aimed at reducing carbon emissions. I hope that this new investment vehicle will attract the interest of many financial market participants and will be able to finance new projects in the renewable energy sector.”
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.