10 October 2022  |  

DIF publishes ESG Annual Report 2022 “Accelerating the transition”

Today, DIF Capital Partners publishes its 2022 ESG report “Accelerating the transition” reflecting on our ESG activities and achievements with a special focus on how our new investment funds accelerate the energy transition. Alongside this publication, we are proud to report a five star rating under the new UNPRI framework, a reward for our strong commitment to ESG throughout the firm.

With the launch of our new DIF VII and CIF III funds, we started to develop a broader approach to sustainable infrastructure that invests not only in real assets, but also in those companies along the value chain accelerating the transition to a net zero and more connected economy.

From electric vehicle charging points to fiber networks, the transition requires new infrastructure across the world and significant amounts of institutional capital to reach the maturity, scale and scope required.

We made notable new investments that are accelerating this transition with their products and services. Some examples are Plugit, one of the largest EV charging infrastructure companies in Finland, ib vogt, a global solar developer across 40 countries, and Bernhard, an energy-as-a-service provider in the US.

All new funds were categorised as ‘Article 8’ under the EU’s new Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), as they are promoting specific environmental and social objectives. For example, the Dutch Climate Action Fund, a partnership with NN Group, is driving the energy transition and contribute to the Dutch GHG reduction target through a focused investment strategy.

In 2021, we also joined the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative and committed our firm to being a net zero investor by 2050 or sooner. To start with, we have set a target of 70% of our AUM to be aligning with net zero by 2030, we are collecting our portfolio’s carbon footprint and have started developing investment-by-investment decarbonisation plans.

Core to our business is an appreciation of the strong connection between our investments, their users and our own employees. That’s why we pride ourselves in taking care of our own people and communities, in “walking the talk” on the environment and promoting diversity and equality of opportunity.

More information on our ESG activities and achievements: download the 2022 report.


About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VII is the latest vintage, target core and build-to-core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 200 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Diederik Heinink, d.heinink@dif.eu.