In all countries in which we invest robust environmental regulations exist. Prior to making an investment, Glennmont commissions third party environmental due diligence reports on the state of the asset in question. These surveys while focused on the physical asset itself, also take into account the environment surrounding the asset, and the possible impact of said asset. All investments are subject to an environmental impact assessment. At the same stage, provisions for community engagement, and for the management of health and safety will be assessed by the deal team, with external support if necessary. Governance and propriety issues are assessed and reviewed as part of the investment appraisal and presented to the Investment Committee. The majority of ESG data that Glennmont assesses, during the acquisition process, is the documentation in any project dataroom. Typically Glennmont's legal and technical advisers would produce vendor due diligence on the basis of this documentation that would highlight any ESG risks to the relevant deal team. The deal team, if the information is material, will highlight it in turn to the Investment Committee. ESG risks might include, for instance, specific curtailment requirements for wind turbines due to shadow flicker or noise emissions, which would be reflected into the financial model of the project.
An example of how this works in practice can be illustrated with an investment Glennmont made in 2018 into an onshore wind farm in France. As part of the investment process, various environmental mitigations were carried out/required to reduce risk:
- A pre-construction acoustic study was undertaken to assess the potential impact on neighbouring communities
- A post-construction acoustic study will be undertaken within one year after commissioning to validate the impact
- The distance between the wind farm and the neighbouring communities was assessed as part of risk identification
- Specific measures were adopted to protect local bird species “Guepier d'Europe”
- Avi fauna studies will be performed at regular interval post commissioning to monitor the impact of the wind farm on local bird and bat population