COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Urban Partners, a group of investment verticals launched today, has called on the real estate and urban investment industry to radically change its investment approach and how returns are measured for Recognize the complexity of urban ecosystems.
Speaking at the launch of the new platform, Claus Mathisen, CEO of Urban Partners, explained: "The launch of Urban Partners represents a new investment thesis and a new level of ambition. Only by taking an integrated approach, bringing together real estate expertise estate, private capital and credit we will be able to address the complex challenges of decarbonisation, affordability, health, biodiversity, urban efficiency and infrastructure that cities face. No one can solve these challenges alone. We urge our peers to follow our example."
Cities consume most of the world's resources, generate most of global emissions and are home to half of the world's population. But investor interests have often failed to align with the leadership and residents of the cities in which they invest. Venture capital and private equity funds continue to be misallocated, with sectors that account for more than half of global emissions (buildings and industry) only attracting 13% of investment. Urban Partners aims to change this by pioneering problem-solving partnerships that bridge the gap between the interests of capital and cities.
Urban Partners is based on the partnership principle. Bringing together different types of expertise and capital enables Urban Partners to address the complex challenges cities face, looking at all the factors required to decarbonise and regenerate the urban environment rather than real estate or climate technology in isolation.
Urban Partners brings together NREP (one of Europe's largest real estate investors), 5 May. (a venture capital firm focused on sustainable technologies) - , Luma Equity (a private equity investor supporting companies scaling sustainable solutions) and Velo Capital (a provider of financing to help its clients accelerate their sustainable transition).
The launch of Urban Partners creates the first dedicated pool of building capital, with returns to be measured alongside impact, with €5 billion available to invest today.
With NREP already working to achieve net zero by 2028, and the IPCC recently highlighting that emissions will need to be cut nearly in half by 2030, Urban Partners is now calling on other urban investors to recognize the urgent need for a new approach to accelerate the transition. from cities to sustainability.
Claus Mathisen, CEO of Urban Partners, explained: "If we want to achieve net zero emissions, we need a massive redeployment of capital towards buildings and industry, which account for more than half of global emissions but attract only 13% of the total. investment. Coming together as Urban Partners they will offer us the best opportunity to scale the companies and solutions that will have the biggest impact on our most pressing sustainability challenges."
Mikkel Bülow-Lehnsby, Chairman of Urban Partners, commented: "We launched Urban Partners to bridge the gap between the interests of people, cities and capital. The misalignment between these has led to inappropriate, sometimes even harmful, development of the urban ecosystem: urban sprawl, segregation and increasing carbon emissions are the consequence We want to lead a new era where shared visions deliver shared benefits Where we put our financial weight and urban expertise to find solutions to the problem largest that exists: making cities livable in the long term.
About Urban Partners: Urban Partners is a vision-aligned vertical investment platform built around solving urban problems. By uniting knowledge, stakeholders and capital, his ambition is to create a long-term positive impact for all stakeholders. With the purpose of promoting the progress of cities, its focus is to help decarbonise the built environment and (re)generate urban neighborhoods. The platform includes four ESG-focused investment verticals: European real estate investor NREP, venture capital firm 2150, private equity investor Luma, and vertical credit service VeloCapital. With €20 billion under management, Urban Partners invests in assets, companies, technologies and solutions. Founded in 2005, the platform today manages investments in more than 15 countries and has a staff of 700 employees. More information at: www.urban.partners
About NREP: NREP is a real estate pioneer investing with a holistic ESG approach. With a track record of success, NREP is known for its ability to reinvent the built environment, including various large-scale neighborhood developments. NREP manages one of the largest real estate funds in Europe and operates a platform with more than 8 million square meters in eight countries. The company's carbon commitment is one of the most progressive in the industry with the goal of becoming Net Zero by 2028.
About 2150: 2150 is a venture capital firm that invests in the sustainable redevelopment of the vast urban environment. 2150 supports entrepreneurs working at the forefront of the climate transition and helps scale businesses and technologies with long-term equitable impact across the “urban stack” including how they are built, designed, built and powered cities, based on the way people live, work and are cared for.
About Velo Capital: Velo Capital offers flexible real estate lending solutions, helping clients focus on sustainable assets. With a 10-year track record of alternative real estate credit, Velo oversees three active funds with approximately €1 billion of assets under management, focusing on real estate assets in major German cities. Velo Capital is currently in the process of launching new lending strategies in Northern Europe, with a strong focus on green financing.
About Luma Equity: Luma Equity is a private equity investor created to support companies with solutions that can help cities reduce carbon emissions from the urban environment, with a focus on innovative materials and technologies ready to scale.
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