The fund is focused on investment in greenfield renewable energy infrastructure in high growth middle-income markets and is expected to enable more than 10 GW of clean energy
COPENHAGEN, Denmark , Dec. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced the launch of its Growth Markets Fund II (GMF II), during the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in Dubai. With a focus on developing and building offshore and onshore wind, solar PV, energy storage and Power-to-X projects in selected high growth middle-income markets across Asia, Latin America and EMEA, the fund has a target size of USD 3 billion and is expected to deliver renewable energy infrastructure projects reflecting over USD 10 billion of capital investment. This will enable more than 10 GW of new renewable energy capacity. It is set to be the world’s largest fund focused on greenfield renewable energy investments in high growth, middle-income markets.
“To reach net-zero, we need to bring affordable, reliable, and clean energy to all parts of the world. With a continuous increase in carbon emissions, successful deployment of large-scale renewable energy is particularly important in high-growth, middle-income countries. This fund will be deploying significant private capital and therefore ensure renewable projects in countries, where it will contribute to growth and job creation and deliver substantial impact in terms of reducing carbon emissions,” said Christina Grumstrup Sørensen, Senior Partner and founder of CIP.
By all estimates, emissions from middle-income markets are expected to grow dramatically over the coming decades. Renewable energy power capacity will need to at least triple by 2030 for the global community to stay on the path to net-zero. To achieve these capacity goals, investments into clean energy must more than quadruple, and middle-income and emerging markets alone will need investments of more than USD 1.9 trillion by 2030. The GMF II fund will play an important part in reaching and realizing these goals.
“These middle-income and emerging markets represent not only a mandatory task for the industry – and we believe that they are also very attractive markets for investors seeking exposure to the some of the highest expected growth rates for renewables. They are estimated to account for 25% of global renewable energy capacity by 2050, as economic and demographic growth drives rapidly increasing electricity demand,” said Niels Holst, partner at CIP and co-head of GMF.
“With GMF II we are applying our proven greenfield and industrial investment approach from our predecessor funds to create excess returns while significantly mitigating risks. The fund is off to a good start with a large and diversified portfolio of projects reflecting potential equity commitments of more than USD 5 billion – far exceeding the target fund size. We expect the fund to be a global driver in the green and just transition,” said Ole Kjems Sørensen, Partner at CIP and co-head of GMF.
Based on GMF II’s already existing portfolio of renewable energy development projects, the fund has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 10 millon tonnes annually, while powering more than 10 million homes with clean energy and creating more than 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) years globally.
The launch of GMF II adds to what has already been a record year at CIP in 2023, with first close of the fifth flagship fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure V (CI V), at nearly EUR 6 billion as well as final close of both the Advanced Bioenergy Fund I and Green Credit Fund I at a combined EUR ~2 billion. GMF II is CIP’s 12th fund.
About Growth Markets Fund II
GMF II will focus on investments in large-scale and complex greenfield renewable energy infrastructure projects in high-growth middle-income markets with strong fundamentals for renewable development and significant impact potential.
The fund is targeting 15 selected high-growth middle-income markets across Asia, Latin America and EMEA, such as India, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico, and South Africa. These markets have strong fundamentals for renewable energy infrastructure investments with a combination of high economic and demographic growth including an expanding middle class leading to an accelerating electricity demand.
GMF II markets are expected to account for 25% of global installed renewables capacity by 2050. These markets present significant potential for offshore wind which is estimated to expand about 50 times from 2022 to 2035 and become an important driver for green transition in GMF II markets.
The fund has ownership to a diversified portfolio of attractive development stage projects across offshore wind, onshore wind, solar PV, battery storage and Power-to-X representing more than USD 5 billion in potential commitments – significantly exceed the target fund size of USD 3 billion. These proprietary projects represent actual investment opportunities and provide the fund with relatively high execution certainty, pace of capital deployment and visibility (not a blind pool), as CIP has already worked on these projects for several years.
GMF II is a successor fund to Growth Markets Fund I launched in 2019. In addition to the large project portfolio, the fund will benefit from a global, established, and dedicated Growth Market team of over 70 people with an already extensive local presence in key markets, combined with CIP’s experience and track-record in greenfield industrial value creation.
About Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Founded in 2012, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) today is the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind. The funds managed by CIP focus on investments in offshore and onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, reserve capacity, storage, advanced bioenergy, and Power-to-X.
CIP manages 12 funds and has to date raised approximately EUR 26 billion for investments in energy and associated infrastructure from more than 150 international institutional investors. CIP has approximately 400 employees and 12 offices around the world. For more information, visit www.cip.com
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