MAPFRE, alongside its partner Abante and IAM Carbonzero, who will act as the fund advisor and energy sector specialist, is launching the fund MAPFRE Energías Renovables II, FCR. As an innovative project in the European context, it will invest in biomethane, a 100% green biofuel obtained from animal and vegetable waste that can be injected directly into the natural gas grid, generate electricity via engines, and be used as a fuel.
The fund, which will be opened to other institutional investors and private banking clients, aims to raise up to 100 million euros, in a first phase, for the construction and development of between 20 and 25 plants in Spain over a five-year period. In turn, this will generate a total of 70 permanent jobs and 240 indirect jobs.
This means a five-fold increase in the current installed capacity of this type of energy in Spain. “We are very proud to present this unique and highly profitable project — a private-sector initiative in collaboration with the public administration — to contribute to the increasingly necessary energy independence from foreign sources. This is another clear example of our commitment to socially responsible investing, as we seek to mitigate the environmental impact of our portfolio while improving the social and environmental conditions of the communities where we invest,” says José Luis Jiménez, Group Chief Investment Officer at MAPFRE.
Specifically, this project aims to address several core strands, such as the decarbonization of the planet, the energy crisis, and the high dependence on imports of natural gas from abroad, as well as investment in the rural economy through agriculture and livestock farming.
“Collaborating on a project with MAPFRE and IAM Carbonzero is very interesting for Abante, as well as its investors. It makes a very positive impact on society,” said Joaquín Casasús, partner and General Manager of Abantes Asesores Gestión.
This is MAPFRE’s second renewable energy project and is part of its commitment to alternative assets and, in particular, ESG investments. Two years ago, it signed a partnership with Iberdrola to invest in wind and photovoltaic plants in Spain. Last month, the partnership was taken to the next level with the addition of 150 new megawatts (MW), bringing the joint venture to 445 MW.