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助力环保发展,P2P平台Abundance入选英政府专门小组

近日,绿色能源P2P平台Abundance联合创始人兼总经理Bruce Davis入选英国政府绿色能源任务小组成员,这个小组成立的目的是加快绿色金融和英国低碳经济的成长。

Abundance是英国最大的绿色能源为主的P2P借贷网站。AltFi数据统计显示,截至目前该平台上已累计完成项目融资约5000万英镑。投资者在该网站上可以投资如风力发电设施和太阳能发电站项目的公司债券,还可以在一个创新金融个人储蓄账户(IFISA)中持有这些投资。

Davis也是英国新兴的另类金融行业中唯一一个被选任为该任务小组的代表。

对此,Davis表示:

“Abundance十分荣幸能够加入这一新的政府绿色金融任务小组。我们衷心希望将英国打造为世界的绿色金融中心。我们同样想要找到让更多人能够将金钱用到符合他们价值观的事情上并同时直接支持英国转变为清洁成长经济体。”

Davis是英国P2P借贷行业的资深人士。在创立Abundance之前,05年他参与了世界第一家P2P平台Zopa的建立。

过去几年上网电价政策(FITs)补贴的减少大幅改变了可再生能源投资的面貌。同样也是支持可再生能源投资的企业投资计划(EIS)2014年暂停了。因此可再生能源投资者的生活变得艰难起来。

但Abundance竞争者Downing Crowd负责人Julia Groves四月在接受采访中也曾表示,IFISA将补上空位,因为它是投资者唯一能够获得的与新能源相关的税收优惠政策。

Julia说:

“现在投资者既然可以用他们的个人储蓄账户在Crowd上投资能源债券,我们可以提供的融资规模足以支撑英国可再生能源项目的复苏,而且利率有竞争性。”

毫无疑问,有着新身份的Davis将会积极推广IFISA的应用。该任务小组第一次会议将在九月召开,然后随后就会公布其参考指南。

小组成员包括金融服务领域各类资深人士,如伦敦证券交易所CEO Nikhil Rathi、英国银行高级咨询师Michael Sheren、汇丰可持续金融全球负责人兼战略小组负责人Daniel Klier。小组组长是Roger Gifford爵士,向外代表绿色金融倡议项目。

Bruce Davis represents P2P lending sector in government's new green initiative.

Bruce Davis, co-founder and MD of green energy-focused P2P platform Abundance, has been appointed to the government’s Green Energy Taskforce. The group has been set up to help accelerate the growth of green finance and the UK’s low carbon economy.

Abundance is the UK’s biggest green energy-centric peer-to-peer site, with roughly £50m in finance facilitated for projects to date, according to AltFi Data. Its investors are able to invest in debentures for projects such as wind turbines and solar farms, and can hold those investments in an Innovative Finance ISA.

Davis is the only representative of the UK’s nascent alternative finance sector to have been appointed to the taskforce.

“Abundance is proud to be included in the new Government Taskforce on Green Finance and wholeheartedly welcomes the aim to make the UK a global hub for green finance,” said Davis. “We are also keen to find ways to allow as many people as possible to put their money to work in a way that fits their values and directly supports the UK's transition to a clean growth economy.”

Davis is a veteran of the UK’s peer-to-peer lending sector. Before founding Abundance he was involved in the launch of Zopa, the world’s first P2P platform, back in 2005.

Cuts to feed-in tariffs (or FITs) have significantly changed the landscape for renewable energy investment over the past few years. The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) also used to cover renewable energy investments, but this was put a stop to in 2014. This combination of cuts has made life difficult for renewable energy investors.

However, Julia Groves, who runs Downing Crowd, a rival to Abundance, told AltFi in April that the IFISA may come to the rescue, as the only tax-break in town for investors with an appetite for renewables.

“Now that investors can use their ISA to invest in Crowd energy bonds, we can offer the scale of funding, at competitive enough rates, to back a resurgence in UK renewable energy projects, and in doing so give everyone a stake in a sustainable energy future,” she said at the time.

Doubtless Davis, in his new role, will look to drive uptake of the IFISA. The taskforce will host its first meeting in late September – and will publish its terms of reference shortly after.

Its membership is comprised of senior figures from across the financial services sector, including Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Michael Sheren, senior adviser at Bank of England, and Daniel Klier, group head of strategy and global head of sustainable finance at HSBC. Sir Roger Gifford is the group’s chair, representing the Green Finance Initiative.


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