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First State targets sustainable infrastructure

Global_infrastructureFirst State Investments (UK) has launched a sustainable infrastructure fund ­– a Dublin-domiciled product but managed from Sydney.

The First State Sustainable Listed Infrastructure Fund is designed to deliver income protected from inflation, and strong capital growth as well as meeting investors’ sustainability criteria.

Fund manager Rebecca Sherlock said infrastructure assets have “significant” environmental footprints and social licences to operate, meaning small operational changes can meaningful alter the environment for people, the planet and returns.

The fund selects from global listed infrastructure stocks and looks for quality companies active in areas with high barriers to entry, strong pricing power, sustainable growth and predictable cash flows, the firm said.

Sherlock added that the fund was developed “through our fundamental belief that a focus on sustainability is integral to reducing risk and achieving positive long-term return outcomes”.

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