Energy and ecological transition

Neoen, La Caserne, Eiffel Investment Group: three companies, three examples of Impala’s commitment to the energy and ecological transition…


Founded in 2008, Neoen is the leading French independent producer of renewable energy today. Present in 15 countries and on 4 continents, the group – led since its inception by Xavier Barbaro – focuses its activities on solar energy, wind energy and electricity storage.

Neoen was founded on the belief in a future decrease in the production costs of solar energy and the development of a competitive energy from renewable sources. Although its beginnings in France were difficult, its progressive internationalization is a positive sign.

At the end of 2021, Neoen had 5 GW of renewable energy capacity, in operation and under construction, which breaks down approximately as follows:

  • solar: 2.9 GW
  • wind: 1.6 GW
  • storage (batteries): 0.5 GW

By geographical breakdown:

  • Australia: 2.2 GW
  • France: 1.25 GW
  • South Africa: 0.85 MW
  • Europe excluding France: 0.5 MW
  • rest of the world: 0.2 MW

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And by the end of 2025 Neoen will double its capacity in operation and under construction, with an announced target of 10 GW by that date.

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champs de panneaux solaires Neoen
© Gavin Jowitt Neoen solar panel fields


Make Paris the capital of sustainable fashion: this is the ambition of La Caserne “the largest accelerator of the ecological transition, dedicated to the fashion and luxury industry in Europe”.

At first it was a simple call from city officials to rehabilitate the oldest fire station in Paris, Château-Landon, constructed in 1879 and in disuse since 2005.

Jacques Veyrat saw the opportunity to create a place dedicated to the ecological transition of fashion designers. Having already invested in the concept store L’Exception, run by Regis Pennel, he proposed to Maëva Bessis, L’Exception Managing Director to lead the project. The project was validated in late 2018, and rehabilitation work of some 4000 m2 of the old fire station began a year later. The center has been open since June 2021 and hosts about 30 creators. Its official launch coincided with the holding of the Conscious Festival, on September 25 and 26, 2021.

At the end of 2018, the project was selected and the rehabilitation work of some 4000 m2 of the old fire station started in 2019. The place has been open since June 2021 and hosts about thirty creators. Its official launch coincided with the holding of the Conscious Festival“, on September 25 and 26, 2021.

The concept of La Caserne starts from the alarming observation detailed on its website: “1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases are generated each year by the fashion industry; 70% of China’s rivers are polluted because of the textile industry; 4% of the world’s available drinking water is used to produce our clothes; 26% of the pesticides sold in the world are used to cultivate cotton, which occupies 3% of the world’s cultivated land…

Young fashion designers are obviously sensitive to these observations. So are consumers, who are increasingly in favor of green fashion and hostile to fast fashion, which exploits millions of miserable workers in the textile industry. For Maëva Bessis, general manager of La Caserne, “Designers want to make the transition, but they don’t necessarily have the time to do it. La Caserne will help them make this transition.”

La Caserne provides 1,760 m2 of offices and coworking studios, boutiques, an open space dedicated to startups, a showroom of responsible raw materials, outdoor (open courtyard) and indoor (ballroom) venues for organizing fashion shows and festive events, a photo studio, a 100 m2 Fab Lab for testing materials and products, a restaurant (vegetarian, of course) and even a 265m2 rooftop bar on the green roof.

This unique incubator also offers free advice, marketing assistance, and even master classes… everything designers need to make the shift to eco-responsibility while running their business.

Some of the brands installed at La Caserne were already green or aware of short circuit manufacturing with sustainable and ecoresponsible raw materials. Others find an opportunity to carry out a long-cherished project. All of them have a full roadmap, since the residence time at La Caserne is limited to three years to ensure turn-over.

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La Caserne
La Caserne, Château-Landon, Paris 10e


Bold, ambitious, committed to the energy transition, Eiffel Investment Group is one of Impala’s greatest success stories.

Founded in 2009 by Fabrice Dumonteil, Eiffel Investment Group currently manages €3.5 billion in assets for major European investors and more than 25,000 individual clients. Its priority is to target segments of the economy that are poorly covered by traditional players by deploying high value-added investment strategies. This includes the renewable energy sectors (solar, wind, biogas, biomass, methanization, etc.), where financing needs are often urgent and sometimes poorly analyzed by traditional investors, and where taking calculated risks is a major challenge for the development and growth of companies.

The entrepreneurial logic is part of the Eiffel’s DNA; the company was founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Eiffel’s approach: to be fast, flexible and innovative; to understand, analyze and measure financial and non-financial impacts; and to be a committed and responsible long-term partner to French and European SMEs and SMIs that have a positive impact on the environment, employment, inclusion, health, etc.

The group was also the first to launch a private debt fund in Europe in 2019, systematizing extra-financial impact covenants. For Fabrice Dumonteil, Chairman of Eiffel Investment Group: “Responsible investment is about concrete action. Proactive and pragmatic, the Eiffel Impact Debt fund makes it possible to ensure the positive impact of the compagnies financed, particularly in the environmental field and in job creation”. Eiffel was also awarded the “Impact Debt Fund Of the Year” prize by Environmental Finance in 2020.

For Eiffel, taking ESG criteria into account is key in order to reconciling financial and non-financial impacts in a context where the economy and growth are directly linked to environmental issues.

The group has just finalized a first closing of €300 million for its “Eiffel Essentiel” fund dedicated to the energy transition of companies. Its mission is to strengthen the equity capital of players in renewable energy, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, recycling, the environment, sustainable agriculture and food, and health.

Eiffel can already count on 12 European investors, including the European Investment Bank, Bpifrance, AG2R La Mondiale, Covéa, Pro BTP, CIPAV, La Lux, Suravenir, L’Auxiliaire and the Banque de France. And others are still expected for a final closing of €500 million, in late 2021 or early 2022.

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Eiffel supports the green economy