Triodos Groenfonds invests in senior debt loans to projects in the Netherlands that meet the Triodos lending criteria and have obtained a green certificate from the Dutch government. Sectors include renewable energy, organic farming, nature and landscape and sustainable real estate. Renewable energy in the Netherlands is the largest sector within the investment portfolio.
Since 2014, Triodos Groenfonds has been financing wind, solar and run-of-the-river hydroelectricity projects in emerging markets. These projects are also eligible for a green certificate. The fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in renewable energy projects in 46 designated emerging countries. Currently, about 6% of the fund’s capital is invested in 10 different emerging countries.
Triodos Groenfonds aims to accelerate the energy transition with four specific impact goals:
- Improve energy efficiency - The fund's investments contribute to a reduction of electricity or heat consumption, measured in avoided CO2 emissions.
- Increase the capacity of renewable energy generation - The fund's investments directly add renewable energy capacity and decrease the carbon footprint of the energy mix. We measure our impact in generation capacity and the number of households provided with renewable energy.
- Improve flexibility and reliability - The fund's investments enable better management of demand which makes renewable energy, often provided intermittently, more reliable and affordable.
- Energy democracy -Stimulate further decentralisation of the energy system by strengthening local ownership of energy generation, and improving public awareness, support and involvement in the energy transition along the way.