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BlackRock’s new fund merges private debt and climate transition aims, offering a fresh avenue for companies marching towards net-zero emissions.

In a significant stride towards climate-centric financing, BlackRock has rolled out a Climate Transition-Oriented Private Debt Fund (CPD). This initiative melds BlackRock’s Global Private Debt platform with its expertise in the global shift to net-zero emissions.

The CPD aims to back companies at different stages of their net-zero emissions journey. A stringent selection process ensures that borrowing firms hold fast to climate transition attributes. A dedicated team of private debt investors, alongside sustainability transition experts, will interact with the financed entities to hit carbon reporting and decarbonization milestones.

According to Environment+Energy Leader, BlackRock emphasizes the necessity for "smart climate planning" in business models, which it believes would bolster resilience and enhance credit quality over time. With a pre-existing transition investing platform valued at over $100 billion, BlackRock provides diverse investment avenues across the index, active, and private markets to cater to client specifics.

James Keenan, the Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Private Debt for BlackRock, remarked, “We are harnessing the breadth and experience of our global platform to deliver a quality credit portfolio that focuses on income.” He elaborated on the strategy's core, stressing that transitioning to a low-carbon economy is among the key mega forces propelling investment opportunities forward.

The inception of this fund comes in response to the burgeoning interest in transition investments—funds allocated for progressing towards net-zero emissions. According to a recent BlackRock survey, 98% of investors have set transition investment goals, with 75% articulating net zero objectives.

BlackRock elucidates that this monumental shift towards a low-carbon economy is ushering in one of the most substantial structural alterations, redefining profitability across economies globally. As policies evolve and consumer preferences lean towards a greener planet, a significant capital reallocation is anticipated in transitioning to a zero-emissions economy.

By launching this fund, BlackRock aims to answer the escalating client demand for transition-oriented solutions, assisting companies in viewing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) as a golden opportunity for expansion.

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