news - First close of a new global climate fund at USD 412 million


First close of a new global climate fund at USD 412 million

June 27, 2017

Climate Fund Managers announced it has achieved a financial closing for Climate Investor One (CIO). CIO is designed to combat the detrimental effects of unmitigated climate change by accelerating the delivery of renewable energy projects in developing and emerging markets.

The fund mobilizes private sector financing at scale supported by catalytic public sector donor funding.  The closing of CIO highlights and re-affirms a broad public and private sector commitment to innovative climate change solutions and key overseas development and investment initiatives.

In the context of near universal political commitment to prevent rising global temperatures from exceeding 2°C above pre-industrial levels, CIO received cornerstone support from the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), Atradius Dutch State Business, De Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V. (NWB Bank), Aegon Asset Management and the Dutch development bank FMO – all from the Netherlands – together with global partners from Norway (KLP), South Africa (Sanlam Investments Holdings) & the UK (Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Pension Fund) 

Jurgen Rigterink, FMO’s Chief Executive Officer said “FMO is proud to be the initiator of this global climate fund which innovatively, through a blended finance approach,  catalyses institutional investors from a broad spectrum seeking commercial, social and environmental returns into clean energy in emerging markets”

Andrew Johnstone, founder and CEO of Phoenix InfraWorks said at the first closing “CIO represents a new way of doing business enabling a wider spectrum of public and private sector investors to work together in pursuit of a common purpose of impact and financial return.  CIO really is a new generation of financing and thinking, both of which are necessary ingredients for progress and climate change management”.

CIO seeks to simplify the manner in which capital is deployed and reduces complexity by delivering an innovative “whole-of-life” solution that provides a single financing source for each of the respective development, construction and operational phases of a project’s lifecycle. To this end, CIO provides early-stage project development services & financing, equity financing through construction, and long-term debt once the project is operational. This approach will allow CIO to implement more projects to market, faster, delivering positive environmental and social impact sooner.

CIO is the inaugural financing facility launched by Climate Fund Managers, of an intended series of climate finance initiatives. CIO builds on the significant energy infrastructure expertise and track record of its sponsors: FMO, the Dutch development bank, and Phoenix InfraWorks, South African infrastructure development and fund management specialists, in association with Sanlam Investments Holdings.  

Targeting Africa, Asia and Latin America, CIO will focus on Solar, Wind and Run-of-River Hydro renewable energy projects.

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