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Zurich-headquartered Thomas Lloyd’s Sustainable Infrastructure Income Fund (SIIF) has surpassed €100m ($120.9m) in assets under management (AUM), according to a statement from the firm.
The SIIF is an open-ended public infrastructure fund, listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange’s Green Exchange, which is a dedicated platform for green, social and sustainable securities. The fund is distributed across the European Union, Switzerland, the UK, Singapore and other selected markets to professional, restricted and qualified investors globally.
“We listed the SIIF in 2018 in response to strong demand from fund selectors, institutional investors and the wholesale market across Europe and the UK,” TU Michael Sieg, founder and CEO of Thomas Lloyd, said in the statement.
“Previously, investors have thought that investing in infrastructure is limited to institutions, requiring significant initial capital and a holding period of more than 10 years, making it unattainable for many. The semi-liquid SIIF makes direct investing in private infrastructure accessible to a broader range of market participants and offers instant access to sustainable infrastructure real assets,” he added.
The strategy invests directly in a diversified portfolio of privately held, sustainable infrastructure assets, which include investments in high growth and emerging markets, such as in the India subcontinent and Southeast Asia, according to the statement.
For example, the portfolio consists of three operational bio-mass and three solar power plants in the Philippines, and six operational solar power plants in India. The plants deliver clean energy to people and help reduce carbon dioxide emission, according to the firm.
“The energy transition already underway is a structural shift driven by the realisation that reliance on fossil fuels is wholly incompatible with the Paris agreement on greenhouse gas emission,” Sieg said.
Thomas Lloyd specialises in sustainable investing, focusing exclusively on the financing, construction and operation of sustainable projects in the infrastructure, agriculture and property sectors. As of the end of September, the firm was managing $1.5bn of capital in sustainable infrastructure, the firm said.
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