Onshore Wind Portfolio in Germany

This SAVi assessment was commissioned by B Capital Partners, Zurich, Switzerland. The assessment is currently ongoing and focuses on an onshore wind portfolio in Germany. The portfolio has a total capacity of 28.7 MW. SAVi is being used to compare wind and gas technologies and value a range of externalities across both. The externalities include carbon dioxide emissions from across the investment life cycles, as well as the human health impacts from air pollution. The assessment would also include the impacts of climate change, such as an increase in air temperature by 1.5°C, as well as the imposition of a carbon tax. SAVi will also assess the impacts of the onshore wind portfolio on biodiversity and real estate.

B Capital Partners, a Swiss-based investment house focusing exclusively on investing in sustainable infrastructure, invited the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to conduct a sustainability assessment on one of their onshore wind portfolios. The portfolio is located in Germany and has a total capacity of 29 MW.

The objective of the assessment was to integrate a range of environmental, social, and economic factors into an asset valuation to improve the transparency of the asset’s impacts on the environment and important stakeholders. In addition, the assessment served to reveal the asset’s financial resilience toward climate change risks. IISD customized and applied the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) methodology to conduct a comparative sustainability assessment of the onshore wind portfolio and a hypothetical gas-fired power plant with the same power generation capacity.

The SAVi assessment valued the environmental, social, and economic factors (externalities) in financial terms and calculated the costs induced by climate change risks for both assets. The results of this SAVi assessment will be posted soon.