We're a sustainability-led alternative assets investment manager that invests for the long-term. Our 100-strong team covers Europe and Australia, operating in eight countries. They currently manage over 300 assets across 16 asset classes.
Decarbonisation is a global challenge. We are supporting the transition and mobilising finance towards sustainable projects, and to the renewable energy, infrastructure and natural capital markets. Behind our efforts are a multi-disciplinary team, guided by a strong sustainability ethos. We harness their expertise to ensure our investments have the impact our clients expect. Our staff specialise in fundraising, deal origination, execution, and ongoing asset management and technical support for a wide range of projects across a wide variety of infrastructure sectors.
Our Infrastructure Market Outlook: the sustainability transition
The overall transition to a sustainable society can be categorised into three distinct phases in order to frame the wide range of opportunities resulting from it.
Phase 1: Initial Power Transition
(2005 – c.2018)
The initial waves of renewables being added to power grids.
The first phase, which saw the emergence of renewable energy (primarily wind and solar) and the sector established as a mature and highly popular asset class for institutional investors, has already occurred. This initial wave of renewables broadly corresponds with the period following the Kyoto Protocol coming into force in 2005, requiring signatory states to commit to emission reductions.
Since our first investments into solar in 2007, we have established ourselves as a leading investor in renewable energy generation infrastructure during this phase. We currently manage a portfolio with 3.1GW renewable energy generation capacity and over 250MW of enabling infrastructure assets, and are pursuing further opportunities in this sector.
Phase 2: Systemic Power Transition
Decarbonisation and a systemic overhaul of the energy grid is underway.
The second phase requires a fundamental reshaping of the systems that drive the global economy.
As the global transition from a passive, centralised, carbon intensive energy system to a smarter, decentralised, low carbon system has accelerated, there has been a need to upgrade transmission and distribution infrastructure. This particularly relates to energy storage and grid flexibility.
This forms the basis for the strategy of our flagship private markets energy transition fund, FEIP, which invests into opportunities arising from the transition in Europe, the US and Australia.
Phase 3: Wider Sustainable Transition
(early 2020's onwards)
Extending beyond the power sector, the last phase involves a wider transformation across all economic sectors the need to address the remaining c.70% of global economic emissions.
Meeting global demand and decarbonisation targets and responding to land use changes will require investment in new practices, technology and sustainable infrastructure.
We have already begun to evaluate opportunities that may arise during Phase 3. These include new forms of sustainable food production such as controlled environment agriculture and controlled environment aquaculture, as well as clean and advanced transport opportunities to green our road and rail networks.
Afforestation in action, Banc Farm, Wales
Banc Farm is Foresight’s first, and Wales’ largest, tree planting scheme this year. The scheme will see 229,000 trees planted over 150 hectares and is forecast to deliver 48,000 tonnes of sustainable timber production for each c.35-year rotation.
The site is expected to sequester 21,000 tonnes of CO2 and increase biodiversity by 60% over the next 5 years - an important contribution to the UK’s environmental targets.
Social value considerations are deeply embedded in our activities, some of the benefits include the introduction of mountain biking trails and a car park for visitors, employment for up to 30 local community members during the first year and community planting days with local schools.
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