Supporting the local communities and environments near our energy sites is in line with our ethos of being a sustainable investor. We align ourselves closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Wherever possible, we hire local experts to perform the operations and maintenance across our renewable energy asset portfolio, which supports the growth in skilled job opportunities in communities local to our assets. In addition, it reduces the environmental impact of vehicle mileage required for operations and maintenance, a potentially significant factor for our assets located in remote areas of Sweden.
In order to provide another level of community support, we actively engage in initiatives that enhance the health and wellbeing of the populations around our renewable energy sites.
Gabrielsberget wind farm – Sweden
The Gabrielsberget Wind Farm is located in northeast Sweden with an installed capacity of 46MW and is estimated to power the equivalent of 37,000 UK homes annually. The asset has previously made community benefit payments to build facilities such as an outdoor gym, public barbeque areas, playgrounds, track maintenance of ski touring runs and for the upkeep of the hockey rink at the local school.
Across our portfolio, we continue to contribute towards initiatives which support the wellbeing of the communities. For example, Downing’s Renewables & Infrastructure Trust (DORE) donated £30,000 towards repairing a local gym’s roof, close to DORE’s Bourne Park Solar Farm. While Bourne Park and Gabrielsberget wind farm are only two examples of initiatives we are working on, we endeavour to install further measures to help communities that share our land.