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Schroders Greencoat builds on renewable energy demand with launch of semi-liquid energy transition fund

Schroders Greencoat, the specialist renewables and energy transition infrastructure manager of Schroders Capital, today announces the launch of the Schroders Capital Semi-Liquid Energy Transition Fund, the latest addition to its innovative fund range which also addresses clients’ growing demand for energy transition investment solutions.

This is the latest addition to Schroders Capital’s expanding suite of semi-liquid funds aimed at boosting our clients’ access to both private assets solutions which offer new and diversifying return streams, as well as energy transition investment solutions.

The evergreen semi-liquid structure will enable Schroders Greencoat to invest in illiquid infrastructure assets with a long-term perspective, while offering greater flexibility and operational simplicity to investors.

Drawing on the extensive expertise of Schroders Greencoat, which spans over a decade in the renewable and energy transition infrastructure sector, the actively managed fund, categorised as Article 9 under SFDR regulations [1], will deploy capital into various assets supporting the energy transition.

Renewable energy generation is the backbone of the energy transition, and the fund will make investments into large scale wind farms and solar parks. It will also target other infrastructure that is supporting the energy transition, such as the clean hydrogen, battery storage, district heating, charging infrastructure, power grids and carbon capture sectors.

The fund will strategically deploy capital across diverse technologies and project stages globally with a specific focus on the US and Europe.

The fund aims to provide risk-adjusted returns with a gross return target greater than 10%.

Duncan Hale, Portfolio Manager at Schroders Greencoat, commented: “The energy transition represents one of the largest and most relevant investment themes impacting clients’ portfolios and, as a result, it’s an exciting and attractive time to be accessing these types of investments. This fund highlights our commitment to expanding access to private assets and generating positive returns for our clients through directly allocating to energy transition infrastructure.

“Achieving net zero by 2050 requires significant change and investment into energy infrastructure. This offers a great opportunity for investors to benefit from an innovative fund structure which supports their ability to access energy transition assets that can not only offer attractive returns, but also take advantage of a risk profile which delivers strong diversification characteristics for investors’ portfolios.

“We are proud to be contributing to this evolution with the Semi Liquid Energy Transition Fund. By building on the successful track record of Schroders Greencoat and its decade of experience, we are confident in our ability to deliver value to our investors while supporting the energy transition revolution.”

This launch marks Schroders Capital’s first infrastructure and sixth semi-liquid fund, further diversifying its strong portfolio across private equity, venture capital, real estate, and impact investing.

With an AUM of $1.4 billion as of 30 June 2023, Schroders Capital’s semi-liquid range provides investors with diverse investment opportunities and a pathway to sustainable, long-term growth.

Funds within this range include Global Private Equity, Circular Economy Private Plus, Global Innovation Private Plus and the Global Real Estate Total Return, which was launched in December 2022.

Next Finance , January 22


[1] An Article 9 Fund under SFDR is defined as “a Fund that has sustainable investment as its objective or a reduction in carbon emissions as its objective.”

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