Zurich, 15 August 2017 — The responsAbility-managed energy fund that focuses on climate financing in developing countries is further expanding its portfolio. A newly constructed solar photovoltaic farm in Rosh Pinah, Namibia, has just gone operational. By feeding 13.5 GWh of electricity into the national grid on an annual basis, the plant will help to enhance energy security and reduce Namibia’s dependence on electricity imports.
Zurich, 20 July 2017 — A climate fund managed by responsAbility Investments AG has entered into collaboration with the Energy, Climate and Technology branch of the UN Environment. The partners will collaborate on developing country baselines for specific technologies to establish benchmarks for both sustainable energy policies and energy efficiency financing. The strategic partnership will allow responsAbility to obtain first-hand information on the development of sustainable energy policies that boost the demand for green products financed through the climate fund’s partner institutions.
Zurich, 17 July 2017 — The responsAbility-managed energy fund focused on climate investments in developing countries more than doubled its climate impact in 2016. Alongside monetary benefits, the energy projects financed until the end of 2016 help to reduce CO2 emissions by 8.6 million tonnes over the lifecycle of the installed plants and equipment, double the amount recorded in 2015. At the same time, the funded projects generated more than three times as much renewable energy as in 2015.
Zurich, 30 June 2017 — responsAbility, the asset manager specialising in development investments, elected three new members to the Board of Directors at its annual general meeting on 29 June. The new independent members strengthen the board with their expertise in the areas of emerging markets and private equity, and with their strategy and management experience in the financial industry and politics.
Zurich, 22 June 2017 — A responsAbility-managed company designed to finance, build, own and operate renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa has started construction on a 2.7 MW hydropower plant in the Republic of Rwanda. The run-of-the-river plant is located on the Mukungwa River, in the Northern Province close to the city of Musanze. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018.
Zurich, 20 June 2017 — A responsAbility-managed private equity vehicle has completed a USD 6 million investment in the Brazilian factoring company Dunasplus and now holds a significant minority stake in the company. Dunasplus focuses on supplying short-term working capital to SMEs, thus closing a gap in Brazil’s financial market.
Zurich - AmeriaBank, Armenia’s leading corporate and SME bank, has signed a USD 30 million loan agreement with a responsAbility-managed fund focusing on climate financing. The facility is dedicated to financing corporate energy efficiency measures in sectors such as agriculture and industry in Armenia.
Tbilisi and Zurich - Georgia-based TBC Bank has signed a USD 25 million loan agreement with a responsAbility-managed fund focusing on climate financing. The facility is dedicated to financing small-scale hydropower plants in Georgia.
Zurich - Take USD 3 million of start-up financing from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), an asset management team with initiative and 13 years in the fertile ground of development investments and the result is: A total of USD 3.2 billion of assets – 80% of which is from the private sector – invested through 14 investment vehicles in a total of 560 companies across 96 countries. The responsAbility success story is a prime example of effective collaboration between the public and private sectors. A new publication examines this recipe for success.
Zurich - responsAbility Investments AG, the asset manager specialising in development investments, has appointed Roland Pfeuti as Head Investment Solutions & Sales and a member of its Executive Management team. The Swiss specialist in private equity and sustainable finance will be responsible for the investor-oriented areas of the business, Investment Solutions and Sales.