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Caisse des Dépôts and Fortis Bank Pioneer European Carbon Fund

In April 2005, Caisse des Dépôts and Fortis Bank partnered to form European Carbon Fund (ECF) pioneering the development of European private sector investment funds dedicated exclusively to carbon. ECF raised €142m from 14 investment-grade financial institutions, thus bringing together bankers, insurers and environmental experts to invest in emission reduction assets.

ECF contributes to the financing of projects that help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gases emissions across the world. The main purpose of ECF is to invest in carbon assets, which are market-based greenhouse gases emissions reduction instruments from the Kyoto Protocol and the European Union emissions trading scheme.

Since inception, ECF has been successfully managed by the Carbon Finance Team of Natixis Environment & Infrastructures (Natixis E&I), a specialized alternative asset management company of Natixis. Natixis E&I and its subsidiary Natixis E&I Luxembourg have over €800m of assets under management invested in 5 funds.

Over the past four years, Natixis E&I has originated more than 65 million tonnes (mt) of CO2 equivalent from a variety of emission reduction projects eligible under the Kyoto Protocol and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

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