EdenTree Rolls Out Uniquely Focused Green Infrastructure Fund

Published on: 28 September 2022
by KnowESG
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EdenTree Investment Management, the specialist responsible and sustainable asset manager, announced the launch of the EdenTree Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF), which aims to provide investors with an attractive yield while capitalising on the growing financial commitment to a low-carbon and more sustainable economy.

This Fund will take a rigorous and uncompromising approach to green infrastructure, offering investors an exclusive opportunity to access infrastructure projects designed to help forge a sustainable path to energy security and build a greener economy by investing in companies committed to responsible, sustainable, and ethical business practises. 

Companies responding to environmental problems such as climate change will be included in the Fund's holdings, including investments in areas such as alternative energy, energy storage, and the circular economy. The Fund will also invest in firms that attempt to solve wider societal challenges.

The Fund will give investors access to unique characteristics of the infrastructure asset class, such as exposure to inflation-linked income streams and a favourable risk and return profile with a low correlation to stock and bond markets – characteristics that are important for investors navigating today's market and economic backdrop.

GIF will be managed by fund manager Tommy Kristoffersen, who is a part of EdenTree's MultiAsset and European Equities teams, and the group oversees a pool of around £100 million of assets explicitly related to green infrastructure. He has over 10 years of financial industry experience, including as an investment analyst in Jupiter Asset Management's alternatives team and a member of its Stewardship Committee.

EdenTree's Responsible Investment (RI) team, which sits at the heart of EdenTree and delivers market-leading intelligence, analysis, and advice on responsible and sustainable investments throughout all stages of the fund screening process, supports all fund managers.

Tommy Kristoffersen, Fund Manager, EdenTree, said: 

“We believe this fund will be the first of its kind in the market and is the result of decades of responsible and sustainable expertise at EdenTree combined with a unique market opportunity. There is a gap in the market for investments with this level of ESG integration and focus, and the appetite for this type of product has grown immensely in recent years.”

Phil Baker, Head of Distribution, EdenTree, said: 

“Our clients regularly tell us they struggle to identify credible and innovative funds for the alternatives allocations in their ESG portfolios. Advisers, wealth and discretionary managers have invested heavily in providing compelling offerings for their clients and whilst fund options have proliferated in equities and, to a degree, bonds, asset managers have not met the need in the alternatives space. We’re delighted we can bring this fund to market at a time our clients are telling us they want to increase their exposure to green infrastructure, as the demand from their own clients for ESG investment solutions only increases.”

Charlie Thomas, Chief Investment Officer, EdenTree, said: 

“This is a highly innovative investment vehicle that meets the increasing demand for access to real assets that contribute to a greener, more sustainable economy delivered by companies with a track record of responsible and ethical excellence.

“We believe that our experience as pioneers in sustainable investing, having launched one of the first ethical equity funds in the UK in 1988, combined with our experience of already managing well over £100m in green infrastructure assets, puts EdenTree in a unique position to select the best investments to allow our investors to capitalise on the growth of this exciting area.” 

Source: EdenTree

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