Deutsche Bank has welcomed the Green Climate Fund (GCF) decision to make an initial US$78.4 million investment in Deutsche Asset Management’s fund for renewable energy access in Africa.
The GCF’s anchor investment of US$78.4 million shall allow Sustainable Investments, the group within Deutsche AM that manages environmental and social assets, to raise a total of US$300 million in capital. This amount will be invested in the first phase in Benin, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Nicolas Moreau, Head of Deutsche Asset Management and member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG, said:
“As the first commercial bank accredited by the Green Climate Fund, we are very pleased that the GCF Board has decided to become the anchor investor in our proposed Universal Green Energy Access Program (UGEAP) fund for Africa. This investment will allow Deutsche Asset Management to support up to USD3.5bn of investment from local banks and entrepreneurs over the next 15 years and, ultimately, support the provision of clean electrical energy to individuals and businesses”.
The UGEAP has received the support by respective local governments. In phase two, the fund will be rolled out to other Sub-Saharan countries and targets to reach 500 million US dollars.