Two workers in hard hats on a yellow platform
Two workers in hard hats on a yellow platform

Who we are

Our mission

Green Investment Group 

Our mission is to accelerate the green transition.

The transition requires dedication. That’s why we’re home to one of the world’s largest teams of specialist green investors and developers, who pursue this mission every day. 

The transition to a greener economy demands global action. That's why we're active in over 25 markets, creating new green infrastructure across the world. It’s why we work alongside communities, governments and strategic partners, bringing a combination of international experience and local knowledge to developed and emerging markets.

The transition also demands pioneering solutions. That’s why we work across mature and emerging green energy technologies, and throughout all stages of the project lifecycle, bringing our finance, investment and development experience to every project.

Our mission underpins everything we do. It is hardwired into the way we do business and protected by the independent trustees of the Green Purposes Company. To ensure our projects align to our mission, every GIG project is individually rated against our Green Investment Criteria and we publish details of our green impact with market leading transparency.

Green Investment Group. Accelerating the green transition.

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Supporting the transition

The green transition requires a team effort across the public and private sectors, and the broader environmental community. We support a diverse range of networks, events, initiatives and policy activity to accelerate the green transition by sharing experience and insight.

Principles for Responsible Investment

We have been a signatory to PRI since 2012. The United Nations backed PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment, providing a framework for embedding environmental, social and governance factors into investment decision making. Our most recent PRI Assessment Report rates as A+, meaning a score of >95%, the highest band achievable. 

Climate Finance Leadership Initiative

Macquarie Group CEO, Shemara Wikramanayake, is a founding member of CFLI. Formed at the request of the United Nations, CFLI is working to identify opportunities and actions for mobilising private finance in the transition to a low-carbon economy in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

Global Commission on Adaptation

In 2018, Macquarie Group CEO, Shemara Wikramanayake, was appointed a member of the Global Commission on Adaptation. Established by its co-chairs, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates, and Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, the initiative seeks to accelerate climate adaptation action and create concrete solutions which enhance resilience.

Our history

In 2012 the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched by the UK Government.

It was the first institution of its type in the world, publicly funded and designed to mobilise private finance into the green energy sector. Between 2012 and 2017, GIB helped to finance more than £12bn of UK green infrastructure projects.

Founded in 1969 in Sydney, Australia, Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group with offices in 33 markets, employing over 17,000 people globally. Macquarie has been an active green investor since 2005.

In 2017, Macquarie acquired GIB from the UK Government and combined with Macquarie Capital’s renewables team to create one of the world’s largest teams of specialist green infrastructure developers and investors. We now operate as Green Investment Group to enable our global expansion. Throughout our existence, our mission has stayed true to our heritage: to accelerate the green transition.

Macquarie Group

Green Investment Group is part of Macquarie Group, a global financial services group operating in 31 markets in asset management, retail and business banking, wealth management, leasing and asset financing, market access, commodity trading, renewables development, investment banking and principal investment.

Through decades of leadership in infrastructure, energy and related industries, Macquarie Group has taken an active role in harnessing private capital to address challenges in reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change.

With global capabilities in investing, advisory, financing, portfolio and reporting services, and project management, Macquarie is actively pursuing solutions to accelerate the energy transition and reduce emissions from sectors including agriculture, waste, transportation and real estate.

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