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Green bonds for private investors |  Salto

Green bonds for private investors | Salto

In a world increasingly focused on sustainability, Alperia, the energy services provider in South Tyrol, has agreed to issue green bonds to private investors. This initiative promises to engage residents in the energy transition towards a greener and more sustainable future. We had the opportunity to speak with Louis Amort, CEO of Alperia, about this initiative.

Alperia's Board of Directors and Supervisory Board recently approved the issuance of green bonds to private investors. Can you tell us more about that?

Louis Amort: Alperia, the largest energy services provider in South Tyrol, wants to issue green bonds to the general public, including private investors. This is an absolute novelty for South Tyrol. The main objective of these green bonds is to finance green projects for the energy transition.

What exactly are green bonds and what are their effects?

Green bonds are bonds issued by companies that use their proceeds exclusively for environmentally friendly projects. Through this financial instrument, investors have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment while achieving a financial return. It is a form of investment that responds to the growing demand for sustainability in global financial markets.

How did the positive results of 2023 influence Alperia's decision to issue green bonds to private investors as well?

The positive economic results of 2023 have confirmed the solidity of our group of companies and the success of our decarbonisation path. These results have given us a solid foundation to build on and have also confirmed that there is interest in our sustainable initiatives.

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What are the details of the green bond?

Alperia's Board of Directors and Supervisory Board approved the issuance of new green bonds worth between €100 and €250 million to qualified Italian and foreign investors and the general public, including private individuals. The minimum bond is €1,000 and has a duration of five years from the date of issuance. The interest rate, which is set shortly before the deposit, is fixed and amounts to a minimum of 4.5% on an annual basis with interest paid semi-annually. We plan to issue these bonds between the end of May and the beginning of June. Through this initiative, we want to involve the population in the process of sustainable development of the energy sector and give them the opportunity to invest responsibly.

What role does renewable energy play in this project?

The bonds are invested in projects related to renewable energy. Our company strategy is based on sustainability and decarbonisation. We aim to reduce emissions by 46% by 2027 and 70% by 2031 to reach net zero emissions by 2040. Renewable energies such as photovoltaics and wind energy are crucial to achieving these ambitious goals.