Our Infrastructure team invests heavily into the energy transition and the global decarbonisation agenda. Whether it is financing the UK’s largest solar farm, providing reserve power in moments of blackout, or investing into some of the largest onshore wind assets in the Nordics, our teams are working to create a sustainable legacy, fuelled by clean power and energy efficient systems.
This is why, before any investment is made, and throughout the investment cycle, we evaluate and score the project's sustainability credentials against a number of predetermined criteria, taking into account a wide variety of ESG factors. These can range from questionnaires, which are given to key project counterparties to complete as part of the transaction process, to expanding our adviser engagement, allowing us to report in greater detail on both social and environmental impacts.
Each of our infrastructure investments must adhere to our Five Criteria for Sustainable Infrastructure
Sustainable Development Contribution
Mobilising investment in to resilient and sustainable infrastructure that increase resource and energy efficiency while driving decarbonisation and meeting climate change targets.
Assessing projects against any potential contributions they may make to the minimisation of air, land and water pollution, biodiversity loss, and noise and light pollution. Long-term climate resilience is also an essential consideration.
Remaining conscious of our role in the local communities in which our assets operate and engaging local stakeholders.
Ensuring that infrastructure project companies comply with all relevant legislative and legal requirements.
Third Party Interactions
Aligning our work with socially minded and responsible counterparties and ensuring our engagement with them is shaped by ESG performance.
The LSE Green Economy Mark
In October 2019 The London Stock Exchange launched two initiatives that support companies that practice sustainable finance and can demonstrate their net positive environmental impact.
Reducing pollution through the reduction of emitted GHGs by the installation and management of clean, low-carbon energy generation assets.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Driving a reduced reliance on fossil fuels by investment in utility-scale, renewable energy generation assets and reporting on the number of households and businesses that are powered as a direct result of our assets under management.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Future-proofing energy systems by investment in de-centralised, interconnected generation assets, using the latest technologies to maximise electrical output.
Demonstrating commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement and contributing to the globally supported decarbonisation agenda through investment in low-carbon, renewable energy assets.
Life on Land
Preserving integrity of land through investment in low-impact and low-polluting technologies and the introduction of environmental initiatives through active asset management, supporting biodiversity and the ecosystem.
"The decarbonisation of the energy system is an integral part of developing a sustainable future. To make this happen, a great deal of investment into clean energy and infrastructure is required. This is why our infrastructure team has invested some £4 billion into clean energy projects across the UK, Europe and Australia."