Alternative Investments: Capital for sustainable development and climate protection

ESG factors play a major role when alternative investments are involved.

Alternative investments have a positive impact on the environment and society and simultaneously achieve attractive returns on investment. In 2012, we marketed a closed-end hydroelectric fund to facilitate investment in this eco-friendly technology, which generates electricity economically at market prices. The strategy of the fund, DWS ACCESS Wasserkraft, is to invest in the development of new, 'small' hydroelectric generating plants in Europe from Norway to Turkey. The fund obtained capital in the amount of 63 million Euros from investors in Germany and Austria. 

In addition, in conjunction with public invitations to tender bids we won the contract as investment manager for a number of investment funds that focus on coping with the consequences of climate change. We structure these products jointly together with our partners and also invest ourselves. These include:

The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The Green Climate Fund was established by 194 governments within the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UFCCC)’s Conference of the Parties under the financial mechanism of the Convention to serve as the central global investment vehicle to combat the effects of climate change. It has the mandate to bring together public and private funds to implement international climate financing for adaptation and mitigation practices related to greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. Total pledges made to the Green Climate Fund to date account for about US dollar 10 billion equivalent. In July 2015, the Board of the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) has accredited Deutsche Bank, led by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, as the first commercial bank to become an implementing institution of the GCF.

EEEF – European Energy Efficiency Fund

The European Energy Efficiency Fund manages assets in the amount of EUR 265 million. It is funded by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Italian credit institution Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. The fund facilitates alternative investments in conjunction with municipal projects in Europe aimed at expanding the supply of sustainable energy.

AATIF – Higher incomes, improved food security

The Africa Agriculture Trade and Investment Fund (AATIF) is a public-private partnership that we manage. By Q1 2017, the fund encompassed total assets of 152 million US dollars, including participation of private investors. The goal of the AATIF is to improve the productive efficiency of the agricultural sector in Africa so that the people working in agriculture benefit. In addition, the objectives are to boost incomes in the agricultural sector, increase food security, and improve the competitiveness of local companies.

Low-income countries are largely still exporters of raw materials rather than creating value at a local level. In the African agricultural sector, there are numerous obstacles to overcome, but the sector has huge potential for reducing poverty and contributing towards improved food security. Therefore, the AATIF emphasises generating alternative investments along the entire agricultural value chain.

AATIF was founded by the KfW Development Bank and Deutsche Bank on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. Initial investors were Deutsche Bank, BMZ and KfW.


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