InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and Helios Investment Partners (Helios) have announced that they are working together to establish a pan-African investment vehicle: Climate, Energy Access and Resilience (CLEAR). The initiative was announced as part of a UK government event hosted in Glasgow on Finance Day of the UN’s COP26 Summit.
CLEAR will work towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by funding climate-aligned infrastructure and growth businesses on the continent. In doing so, it will also address the growing demand from domestic and international investors for sustainable investment opportunities that can help to close the infrastructure and productivity gap in Africa.
The new pan-African investment vehicle will notably leverage a robust pipeline of projects and growth businesses from both InfraCo Africa and Helios across three core themes: clean energy and the energy transition, green transportation and mobility, and sustainable growth and consumption.
CLEAR expects to ultimately raise more than $350m for investment into sustainable infrastructure and businesses which will provide at least 100,000 new jobs, connect more than 1 million people to power for the first time and avoid 100m tonnes of carbon emissions.
InfraCo and Helios anticipate that CLEAR will initially be established as a private vehicle but designed and capitalised with a view to listing the vehicle within 3 years of final close.