THOMASLLOYD CLEANTECH CONGRESS EUROPE 2014

Meet Asia. Meet Renewable Energy's Future.

January 24, 2014, Forum at Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Media coverage

Here's what the press had to say about the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe 2014.
Alternativni ENERGIE / 03/2014

REPORTÁŽ: INVESTICE DO OBNOVITELNÝCH ZDROJŮ V ASII

Společnost ThomasLloyd uspořádala v lednu 2014 ve Frankfurtu nad Mohanem již čtvrtý kongres ThomasLloyd CleanTech Congress Europe 2014. Kongres se postupně stává významným místem setkání a diskuzí evropských potenciálních investorů a technologických frem se zástupci vlád, institucí a projektových developerů z Asie.

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Tyden / 03/2014

Nedezertoval jsem. Byl to návrat do vlasti

JUSTIN YIFU LIN, bývalý hlavní ekonom a viceprezident Světové banky, říká: „Lidé vždy chtějí mít všeho více. A touží se mít stále lépe. S jídlem roste chuť. To je ale vlastně motor hospodářského růstu a celkového rozvoje.“

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Energie21 / 2014

Rozvoj obnovitelných zdrojů v Asii

Koncem ledna 2014 uspořádala společnost ThomasLloyd Company Group už čtvrtý ThomasLloyd Cleantech kongres, letos na výstavišti Forum Messe ve Frankfurtu nad Mohanem.

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pv magazine / 02/2014

Philippines increasingly embracing renewable energy

In an impassioned speech Legarda, a former TV presenter and United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption for Asia Pacific, emphasized the existential significance of increased investments in renewable energy, particularly in countries affected by climate change.

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FINMAG / 19.02.2014

Ekonom-dezertér: Tužby lidí neznají hranic

„Lidé vždy chtějí mít všeho víc. A touží se mít stále lépe. S jídlem roste chuť. To je motor hospodářského růstu a celkového rozvoje,“ říká Justin Yifu Lin, bývalý hlavní ekonom a viceprezident Světové banky a čestný děkan Pekingské univerzity.

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EKOLOGICKÉ BYDLENÍ / 18.02.2014

Asie a obnovitelné zdroje energie: Čína je lídrem

Evropský kongres ThomasLloyd Cleantech, který proběhl 24. ledna 2014 ve Frankfurtu nad Mohanem, patří mezi události, o nichž se obvykle hovoří v superlativech. Setkání významných osobností z celého světa, prominentních politiků i vrcholových manažerů nad tématem tak závažným, jako jsou obnovitelné zdroje energie, totiž může významně ovlivnit příští směrování evropských investičních záměrů.

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Týden.cz / 16.02.2014

Čínská vláda digitální měnu bitcoin nepodpoří, říká přední čínský ekonom

Justin Yifu Lin, bývalý hlavní ekonom a viceprezident Světové banky, říká: "Lidé vždy chtějí mít všeho více. A touží se mít stále lépe. S jídlem roste chuť. To je ale vlastně motor hospodářského růstu a celkového rozvoje."

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foreignAffairs / 06.02.2014

PHL takes center stage at ThomasLloyd Clean Tech Congress in Frankfurt

The Philippines took center stage at the 2014 ThomasLloyd Clean Tech Congress Europe, held at the Frankfurt Convention Center on January 24. This year’s edition, themed “Meet Asia. Meet Renewable Energy’s Future,” brought together more than a thousand European investors and technology companies to discuss emerging business and investment opportunities in renewable energy infrastructure in Asia.

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finanzwelt / 01/2014

ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress Europa öffnet Tor nach Asien

Insbesondere der asiatische Kontinent hat mit massiven Herausforderungen zu kämpfen. Dazu gehört auch das Wissen um und die konkrete Umsetzung erneuerbarer Energien.

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kapital-markt intern (k-mi) / 31.01.2014

Präsident Bill Clinton empfiehlt Südostasien grüne Energie

"Wenn ich ein Land in Südostasien führen würde, würde ich versuchen, so viel grüne und nachhaltige Energie wie möglich zu erzeugen. Diese Energie würde ich nutzen und verkaufen, um ein starkes Portfolio von erneuerbaren Ressourcenaufzubauen und die Kosten grünen Energietransports niedrig zu halten, um Länder und Kommunen immer unabhängiger von Energieimporten zu machen (…) – damit haben die ASEAN-Staaten ein großes Potential", so die staatsmännische Einschätzung von Bill Clinton, ehemaliger Präsident der USA, zu den großen Zukunfts- wie auch Investitionschancen innerhalb des südostasiatischen Pazifikraums.

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PV-Tech / 31.01.2014

If money makes the world spin round, investment is the new name of the solar game

The risk averse and understandably conservative world of investment has not always been easy to cajole into injecting cash where it is often most desperately needed. Preconceptions of unchartered technologies, turbulent policies and unattractive finance mechanisms have multiplied into a concerning drain of funds.

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Finanzwelt (online) / 28.01.2014

Asien und Green Energy

Grüne Energien made in Asia? Tatsächlich steht insbesondere der asiatische Kontinent vor enormen Herausforderungen. Der diesjährige ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress Europa, traditioneller Brückenbauer zwischen europäischen Investoren und Technologiekonzernen sowie asiatischen Projektentwicklern und politischen Entscheidungsträgern, hat sich diesen Fragen gestellt.

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PV-Tech / 28.01.2014

Bill Clinton calls for global fund to reform ‘unequal’ energy finance

Former US president Bill Clinton has called for global investment in renewable energy and changes to the “inequality” of current financing mechanisms in the energy sector. At the ThomasLloyd Clean Tech Congress Europe in Frankfurt last week, Clinton highlighted long-term finance options is “what we do with traditional energy and coal fire power plants”, whereas currently investors and providers of solar and wind have to provide “all the money upfront”.

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Business Mirror / 27.01.2014

Our recent rise

Last weekend, the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress was held in this city, where I joined representatives of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Renewable Energy (RE) industry stakeholders led by Bronzeoak Philippines. For several years, the Cleantech Congress has helped European technology companies get together with Asian governments and project developers to discuss clean energy projects.

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PV-Magazine international / 27.01.2014

Philippines increasingly embracing renewable energy

Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress: Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines are driving investment in green energy by reducing imported fossil fuel dependency and increasingly adopting renewable sources. "Meet Asia. Meet Renewable Energy's Future" was the motto at this year's Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress Europe in Frankfurt, Germany.

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PV-Magazine / 27.01.2014

Philippinen setzen verstärkt auf erneuerbare Energien

Eine wichtige Triebfeder für verstärkte Investitionen in erneuerbare Energien in südostasiatischen Ländern ist neben einer klimaschonenden Deckung des wachsenden Energiebedarfs der Abbau der starken Importabhängigkeit von fossilen Brennstoffen. Dies zeigte der diesjährige Thomas Lloyd Cleantech Congress Europe in Frankfurt auf.

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The Manila Bulletin / 25.01.2014

Sustaining our recent rise

This weekend, the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress was held in this city, where I joined representatives of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Renewable Energy (RE) industry stakeholders led by Bronzeoak Philippines. For several years, the Cleantech Congress has helped European technology companies get together with Asian governments and project developers to discuss clean energy projects. This year was special, as the Philippines was the only country featured, owing to its vast RE potential, improving business environment, and rising economic performance.

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SolarServer / 18.01.2014

ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress informiert über Erneuerbare-Energien-Infrastruktur in Asien

Vertreter von Wirtschaft, Politik und Wissenschaft diskutieren im Rahmen des ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongresses Europa am 24.01.2014 in Frankfurt am Main über Notwendigkeit, Ergebnisse und Zukunft nachhaltiger Energieinfrastruktur-Investitionen auf nationaler, regionaler und globaler Ebene. Die Plattform soll Brücken zwischen europäischen Investoren und Technologiekonzernen auf der einen Seite und asiatischen Projektentwicklern, Kommunen und Regierungen auf der anderen Seite bauen, berichtet der Projektfinanzierer für erneuerbare Energien ThomasLloyd in einer Pressemitteilung.

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CIOL / 15.01.2014

ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe to be held on 24 January 2014

The fourth congress session will be co-hosetd by the Republic of the Philippines as the partner nation, to be held under the banner, 'Meet Asia. Meet Renewable Energy's Future'. The ThomasLloyd Group an asset management and project financing companies for renewable energy infrastructure in Asia - has established the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Congress Europe as a platform for building bridges between European investors and technology companies on the one hand and project developers, communities and governments in Asia on the other.

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FinanzNachrichten / 13.01.2014

ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress Europa untermauert seine Bedeutung als Leitkongress für Erneuerbare-Energien-Infrastruktur in Asien

Namhafte Persönlichkeiten aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Wissenschaft diskutieren im Rahmen des ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongresses Europa am 24. Januar 2014 in Frankfurt am Main über Notwendigkeit, Ergebnisse und Zukunft nachhaltiger Infrastrukturinvestments im Energiesektor auf nationaler, regionaler und globaler Ebene. Über einen Zeitraum von mehreren Jahren hat die ThomasLloyd Group - als einer der führenden Assetmanager und Projektfinanzierer für Erneuerbare-Energien-Infrastruktur in Asien - den ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress Europa als Plattform etabliert, die Brücken zwischen europäischen Investoren und Technologiekonzernen auf der einen Seite und asiatischen Projektentwicklern, Kommunen und Regierungen auf der anderen Seite baut.

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Wallstreet online / 13.01.2014

ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress Europa untermauert seine Bedeutung als Leitkongress für Erneuerbare-Energien-Infrastruktur in Asien

Namhafte Persönlichkeiten aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Wissenschaft diskutieren im Rahmen des ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongresses Europa am 24. Januar 2014 in Frankfurt am Main über Notwendigkeit, Ergebnisse und Zukunft nachhaltiger Infrastrukturinvestments im Energiesektor auf nationaler, regionaler und globaler Ebene. Über einen Zeitraum von mehreren Jahren hat die ThomasLloyd Group - als einer der führenden Assetmanager und Projektfinanzierer für Erneuerbare-Energien-Infrastruktur in Asien - den ThomasLloyd Cleantech Kongress Europa als Plattform etabliert, die Brücken zwischen europäischen Investoren und Technologiekonzernen auf der einen Seite und asiatischen Projektentwicklern, Kommunen und Regierungen auf der anderen Seite baut.

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12.02.2014 / Solar Business Focus

Interview with Anthony Coveney

Anthony Coveney is head of financial structuring and capital raising at clean-tech investment firm ThomasLloyd. He tells Lucy Woods about the company’s focus on the Philippines and how Cambodia is a market to watch.

 



SBF: What are the main investments ThomasLloyd is looking at, at the moment?


At the moment we are exclusively focused on Southeast Asia, primarily the Philippines. And we are in the process of taking the lessons we have learned from the Philippines into Cambodia, our second market of choice.

 


SBF: What are you looking at in Cambodia?


We are currently scoping three solar projects. I can’t tell you more at this moment!



SBF: Does Cambodia have any subsidies for renewable energy?

 

 


There’s no subsidy regime yet, there are lots of challenges. The radiation levels are very similar to San Carlos.



SBF: What sort of returns on investment does Cambodia offer?

 

 

 


In the Philippines you have a well-established renewable energy act and a fast growing economy with a stable legal system, so it ticks every box. You make your own luck in a sense; we started to invest in the Philippines a number of years back, and of course have benefited from the fact that the Philippines is now an investment grade country. Cambodia is a different challenge. There are opportunities as the sunlight is correct rather than importing gasoline at expensive prices they have got the power in the sky. The challenge is in structuring the power purchase agreements and the credit worthiness against which the power purchase agreements (PPAs) operate.

The Philippines was far more straight forward; you have got an essentially robust legal system and all of the security rights enshrined in law, and the feed-in tariff regime was designed in order to support the rapid growth in energy supply, because one of the problems the Philippines has is it’s got a phenomenally well educated population, they all speak English, that is why big banks put their IT departments there or their call centres, two of the world’s leading banks employ 20,000 people alone in Makati city in Manilla, the constraint on that economic growth is just energy, just power. That is why we have focused our investments, the vast majority of our investment is – in fact all of our construction investment is currently in the Philippines.



SBF: Are you looking at grid expansion and other energy infrastructure, or just renewables generation investment?

 

 

 

 


As an investor we are exclusively in renewables, and at the moment it is primarily power generation. We would like at some point to get into transmission as well. But at the moment, where our investments are, where our capital is deployed, is all in construction.



SBF: How hard is it to find all the costs up front?

 

 

 


Are there loans from development loan banks on offer? All of the development banks are active and looking to find ways into the Philippines and looking to deploy capital in the Philippines, the issue is helping find the right projects and the right process, but we have dealt with all of the major development banks there, looking to make the process more direct. The challenge is insuring the security of the project, and that is what you have to offer the World Bank or anything like that.



SBF: How much is locating finance to cover up front costs a barrier?


That is why we got into this area. We were originally an investment banking advisor to the renewable energy sector and we were advising on very large solar projects under the Canadian FiT programme and the Ontario FiT programme. And that started us off into advising on some other solar projects, and then we learnt so much about the development side, we thought why don’t we actually invest in that? So our chairman launched a fund specifically to finance the development and construction of renewable energy.



SBF: Is Southeast Asia nearing a tipping point for solar?

 

 

 


I think the Philippines is at the tipping point. If our SaCaSol project there works to the extent that we believe it’s going to work, then I think that will be a tipping point for solar in the Philippines. The key driver for our investment strategy is local energy for local people. We do not believe renewable energy is a global business. Lots of people make a mistake because they think doing it in Italy is the same as doing it in the Philippines, and it is not. It is a local business, and so I think the Philippines is at the tipping point.

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