Luxembourg, 11 December 2015 – As we enter the final day of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), the European Impact Investing Luxembourg (EIIL) network published a paper on Luxembourg-based structured climate funds. Luxembourg structured climate funds are already doing pioneering work today to finance a wide range of important activities from renewable energies to climate smart landscapes.
Significant amounts of investments are needed to convert, adapt, evolve and disrupt our current carbon based economy into a carbon neutral or even carbon positive economy. The transition to renewable energies alone will require upfront investments in the order of USD 8 trillion. The USD 100 billion being pledged annually by governments of the developed world alone will not suffice to reach the target to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2° Celsius. Scarce public funds should be used strategically to attract private sector investment towards economically viable climate finance projects.
In this context, European Impact Investing Luxembourg has taken stock of what Luxembourg’s fund sector is already doing to mobilize financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Innovative capital structuring allow the Luxembourg based funds to be an effective tool to combine private and public financing to leverage public money for financially sustainable climate investments. With a track record of more than 10 years, the structured funds in Luxembourg have grown in numbers, size and impact focus areas, including climate finance. The EIIL paper presents 7 of those funds and their characteristics.
The paper was written thanks to contributions from the European Investment Bank, Innpact and the Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund.
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