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COP26: Denmark's CIP green energy fund targets Eur100 billion investment portfolio by 2030


Plans for 30 GW offshore wind, 20 GW onshore, solar projects

Focus on energy islands, power-to-X concepts for scale

Current investment portfolio amounts to Eur16 billion

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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) aims to deploy Eur100 billion ($116 billion) into green energy investments by 2030, a six-fold increase from its current portfolio, it said Nov. 1.

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CIP's development portfolio includes 30 GW of offshore wind as well as 20 GW onshore wind, solar and so-called power-to-X projects involving green hydrogen, it said.

"We have set the ambitious target of increasing our annual investments into new renewable energy projects to around Eur10 billion on average between 2022 and 2030," CIP managing partner Jakob Baruel Poulsen said adding that in combination with financing from banks and partners, average annual deployment will be almost Eur20 billion during this period.

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The world's biggest dedicated fund manager for greenfield renewable energy investments said "swift policy action is required to accelerate the pace of the renewable build-out and meet the Paris agreement targets for limiting the rise in temperature."

The Denmark-based fund is focusing on plans for the world's first energy island in Denmark, a concept which CIP has been instrumental in conceptualizing, it said.

Energy islands are key elements of the next generation of game-changing concepts for offshore wind, it said adding that technologies can be scaled across several markets around the North Sea, in Asia, the United States and beyond.

CIP's Eur100 billion ambition is underpinned by a pipeline of projects that is both tangible and diverse across geographies and technologies, it said.

About one-third will be offshore wind and the remaining two-thirds will include onshore wind and solar PV, as well as other technologies such as power-to-X, energy storage, energy islands, power transmission, electrification and advanced biofuels.

With more than 30 GW of offshore wind capacity in development, CIP has a portfolio of both fixed-bottom and floating projects in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America including the first large scale US project (Vineyeard Wind).

Key power-to-X projects include the 5 GW Murchison project in Australia, and the 1 GW Hoest project in Denmark, it added.

To date, CIP has eight funds under management with total commitments of approximately Eur16 billion.

Previous projects with CIP investment include the offshore wind projects Veja Mate in the German North Sea, the Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland, UK onshore wind farms as well as transmission projects like DolWin3 in Germany's North Sea.