Le Lézard
Classified in: Environment, Covid-19 virus
Subject: Product/Service

Blackstone Launches Sustainable Resources Credit Platform


Blackstone today announced the launch of Blackstone Credit's Sustainable Resources Platform focused on investing in and lending to renewable energy companies and those supporting the energy transition. Blackstone Credit is one of the world's largest providers of private credit in the energy transition marketplace. This initiative brings together Blackstone Credit's scale and expertise in these areas with the firm's ESG and Portfolio Operations capabilities to deliver value by providing new solutions and sources of capital to companies driving the broader energy transition. The Sustainable Resources Credit Platform complements the firm's existing private equity, energy and infrastructure strategies that are investing in companies that support the energy transition and climate change solutions.

Governments and companies around the world are committing to decarbonization at an accelerated pace and over 90% of global emissions are covered by government net zero commitmentsi. An estimated $100 trillion will be required through 2050 to decarbonize the global economyii.

As one of the world's largest sources of private capital, Blackstone has a decade-long history of investing in renewable energy and climate change solutions. Since 2019, Blackstone has committed over $15 billion in investments that the firm believes are consistent with the broader energy transition. Blackstone anticipates that its capital deployment in this space will continue to grow. Across its businesses, Blackstone sees an opportunity to invest an estimated $100 billion in energy transition and climate change solutions projects over the next decade.

Blackstone Credit's Sustainable Resources Platform is a dedicated credit platform that seeks to address the growing challenges, investment needs and expertise required by this historic transition. It is led by Robert Horn, who has been with Blackstone Credit since its founding, and has been named Global Head of the Sustainable Resources Group for Blackstone Credit. Simon Hayden has joined the firm from EIG, and he is a Senior Managing Director for Blackstone Credit in London and leads the Sustainable Resources activities in Europe.

The Sustainable Resources Platform includes more than 30 investment professionals across North America and Europe, supported by the portfolio operations teams at Blackstone. The Platform will also leverage the firm's considerable ESG expertise, bringing ESG professionals into the investment process. Newly hired Global Head of ESG for Blackstone, Jean Rogers, the founder of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and Rita Mangalick, Head of ESG for Blackstone Credit, will advise investment teams, oversee ESG diligence and support other initiatives for the platform.

The Platform will invest across the credit spectrum in investment grade credit, non-investment grade credit, preferred and convertible securities. It will focus on a broad range of sectors, including residential solar and home efficiency; renewable electricity generation and storage; products, services, technologies and natural resources that enable the energy transition; decarbonized transportation; sustainability linked loans; green financings that fund environmental projects; and other energy infrastructure investments.

Jon Gray, President and COO of Blackstone, said: "The launch of this platform demonstrates our conviction in the investment opportunities presented by the energy transition. Companies globally are shifting to meet this demand. We believe private capital is essential to supporting decarbonization goals and our scale allows us to play a major role."

Dwight Scott, Global Head of Blackstone Credit, said: "Blackstone Credit's unmatched scale is being unleashed to support companies that are driving the energy transition. We are excited to launch this dedicated financing platform to build on the over $15 billion that Blackstone has committed since 2019 in investments that we believe are consistent with the broader energy transition."

Robert Horn, Global Head of the Sustainable Resources Group for Blackstone Credit, said: "We believe large scale and flexible capital are essential to funding decarbonization. We look forward to providing efficient capital and Blackstone's expertise to companies across a range of sectors that we believe are driving this important transition."

Simon Hayden, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Credit, said: "I am delighted to join the world class team at Blackstone Credit and drive its European activities in sustainable resources."

Blackstone more broadly has been an active participant in the market with numerous recent debt and equity investments across its businesses, including:

In January 2021, Blackstone announced its Emissions Reduction Program to reduce carbon emissions by 15% in aggregate over three years for all new assets where the firm controls energy usage. To accomplish this goal, Blackstone has developed what it believes is a robust decarbonization program designed to increase value by reducing energy use and carbon emissions at scale in a way that is measurable and tangible. Blackstone is also developing a carbon accounting system and a capability to track and report on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reductions. This will allow the firm to measure its impact and provide its investors with critical data to help them to meet their own climate targets and financial goals.

Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, our operations and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "outlook," "opportunity," "indicator," "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "scheduled," "estimates," "anticipates" or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. We believe these factors include but are not limited to the impact of the novel coronavirus, as well as those described under the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in our periodic filings. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

About Blackstone

Blackstone is the world's largest alternative asset manager. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our $731 billion in assets under management include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, life sciences, growth equity, opportunistic, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.

_____________________
i Source: Climate Action Tracker
ii Source: IRENA World Energy Transitions Outlook, published March 2021.


These press releases may also interest you

at 21:31
At yesterday's Board meeting, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA/Agency) Board of Directors adopted a drought resolution in response to current water supply conditions and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's (MWD) Water...

at 18:59
Hydro-Québec and Énergir welcome the Régie de l'énergie's decision allowing them to proceed with the launch, in June 2022, of a dual-energy offer aimed at decarbonizing the heating of buildings at the lowest possible cost for society. In its...

at 18:55
Autonomy, a completely digital electric vehicle subscription service that offers the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to get a Tesla Model 3, is extending its services to Southern California's Inland Empire. Autonomy's latest expansion comes on the...

at 18:50
Ventas, Inc. , a leading Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), has been rated one of the 100 best corporate citizens for the third consecutive year by 3BL Media, a news distribution platform recognizing outstanding environmental, social and governance...

at 18:45
Newly released polling shows strong local support for extending the operations of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, California's largest source of carbon free energy generation. Statewide support for extending operations of the plant was also...

at 18:08
WHAT:  Members of the Media are invited to an announcement about the location of a new plant protein processing facility?the largest capital investment ever made in Strathmore, Alberta. WHO:    Chris Theal, President and CEO of Phyto Organix Foods...



News published on 21 january 2022 at 08:05 and distributed by: