British magazine Environmental Finance has awarded PensionDanmark’s CEO Torben Möger Pedersen the award for “Environmental Finance Personality of 2013”.
The award was given on the basis that PensionDanmark is the international leader amongst pension funds making direct investment in large sustainable energy projects, and in recognition of Pedersen’s active contribution to the UN’s work with climate investment. Pedersen is a member of a group of investors advising UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the role of private investors in financing sustainable energy up to the UN climate summit in New York, in September 2014. He has also recently been appointed as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group for the UN’s Green Climate Fund.
The biofuel power station in Brigg, England, that PensionDanmark invested in last year via the fund Copenhagen Infrastructure I, also picked up the award for investment of the year in bioenergy 2013. PensionDanmark is the only investor in the fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
The Brigg Renewable Energy Plant in Lincolnshire, eastern England, is the first investment made by the joint venture company that Copenhagen Infrastructure I founded with Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S, to build, own and run biofuel-fired power plants.
“We are of course delighted with the awards – and the award given to me personally goes straight to my skilled colleagues at PensionDanmark’s investment department and the team at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Our focus on infrastructure investment gives a very attractive return to our members, and helps the transition to more sustainable energy production. We are a long-term investor focusing on combining good returns with a high degree of corporate responsibility,” commented Pedersen.