Norfund invests in Green Infrastructure to improve essential infrastructure services
waste recycled in developing countries
of world population will live in cities by 2030
people worldwide live in slums
Green Infrastructure is a new investment area for Norfund. Investing in Green Infrastructure contributes to sustainable growth of cities and towns, reduces adverse environmental impact and improves people’s standards of living.
Why Invest in Green Infrastructure?
The number of people living within cities is projected to rise to 5 billion people by 2030. Common urban challenges include congestion, insufficient basic services such as electricity and water & sanitation shortages of adequate housing, declining infrastructure and rising air pollution.
Urbanization challenges can be overcome in ways that allow cities to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. This requires significant investments.
Over recent decades, there has been significant emphasis on investments in power generation to address the need for reliable electricity. However, to create sustainable, efficient and reliable power sectors requires significant and targeted investment in the electricity networks that transmit and distribute that power.
Our ambition is to establish valuable partnerships, and to make 6-10 investments in essential infrastructure services by 2022.Tellef Thorleifsson, CEO Norfund
What We Invest in
Green Infrastructure is defined as essential infrastructure services in
- Waste management, including waste-to-energy
- Water supply & sanitation, including waste water treatment
- Electric transmission & distribution
Where We Invest
What We Offer
Norfund is an active minority investor. We offer risk capital through equity, loans and funds to companies that meet our requirements.
To maximise commercial and developmental success, Norfund strives to be a value adding owner beyond the capital investment. Norfund’s investment teams have extensive experience in project development and governance and work closely with partners to develop companies. Norfund takes a position as an active owner and requires a board seat in equity investments. With more than 20 years’ experience of investing in developing countries, Norfund continuously builds and develops the expertise needed to invest and manage risks in order to succeed as an investor.
Norfund invests with or via partners to benefit from their knowledge and expertise. We often prefer to partner with large, well-known and respected companies with a local presence and a long-term horizon, whose interests align with those of Norfund.