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The Green Investment Bank moves a step closer

12 December 2011

The establishment of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has moved a step closer as BIS publishes the criteria for deciding where it will be based and what its first priorities will be until 2016. The GIB is intended to accelerate private sector investment in the UK’s transition to a green economy. Offshore wind power generation, commercial and industrial waste processing and recycling, energy from waste generation, non-domestic energy efficiency and support for the Green Deal will be priorities.

The criteria for deciding on a location for the bank depends upon its ability to recruit and retain the specialist staff needed to run the organisation, as well as enabling the GIB to work closely with other parties involved in deals; it should also be in a location that provides good value for money, to ensure that the GIB is cost effective.

The Business Secretary also announced that, to accelerate private sector investment in the green economy, a new team will be set up within the Department for business to drive investment in the UK’s green infrastructure until the Green Investment Bank is formally established.

The team, which will be called UK Green Investments (UKGI), will have access to the £100m made available by the government to invest in smaller waste infrastructure projects on a fully commercial basis. A further £100m has been provided for investment in the non-domestic energy efficiency sector for next financial year. UKGI will also be available to co-invest in offshore wind projects. Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“There is a great opportunity for British businesses to lead the transition to a green economy and stake a claim on a sector that has massive potential for growth. I’m pleased to see that more than 20 places recognise the impact the Green Investment Bank could make, and are expressing an interest in being its home. I want to set up the Bank as soon as possible, so it can start accelerating investments in these key sectors and help British companies take advantage of these opportunities. Setting out the priorities for the Bank and establishing UK Green Investments for April 2012 are a major step forward."

The formal recruitment process for appointments to the Green Investment Bank board and senior management team will begin next month, with the appointment of the Chair being made in spring 2012.

Meanwhile, UKGI is seeking expressions of interest from experienced fund managers to run government managed accounts of up to £100m to be invested in waste infrastructure projects. The fund will invest in small waste infrastructure projects, waste recycling and waste treatment ahead of the establishment of the GIB.

Potential fund managers should target the waste infrastructure sector, and projects with a technical focus on value adding re-use, recycling, or waste reprocessing facilities; waste-to-energy facilities; waste facilities displacing fossil fuels; and rollout of proven waste technologies across the UK.

Fund managers expressing an interest should also show how they intend to raise the private sector investment to invest alongside UKGI.
To register your interest, click here.

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