About Techem

Techem is an active player in the energy transition. We offer owners and managers of apartment buildings and commercial real estate products and services as individual solution modules for CO₂e-reduction. To this end, the company has developed a set of solutions and measures that address various aspects of the building.

The Techem Group

Techem is a leading service provider for smart and sustainable buildings. Our products and services cover the topics of energy management and resource conservation, residential health and process efficiency in real estate. Techem offers efficiency enhancement along the entire value chain of heat and water in real estate. Modern wireless smoke detectors with remote inspection and services for improving the quality of drinking water in properties round off the portfolio of solutions for the housing industry.

Founded in 1952, the company now has over 4,000 employees in 19 countries and services more than 12.5 million residences. As the market leader in remote recording of energy consumption in homes, we continue to drive networking and digital processes in real estate forward.

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Techem has been owned by a consortium of the Swiss Partners Group and the Canadian companies Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) since July 2018. All three companies pursue a medium- to long-term investment strategy and already hold a number of investments in the areas of infrastructure and energy supply & renewables.

Company profile

Partners Group is a global investment firm with over EUR 67 billion (USD 78 billion) invested in private equity, private real estate, private infrastructure and private debt. The company manages a broad range of customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, and has offices in Denver, Houston, New York, São Paulo, London, Guernsey, Paris, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Manila, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney. The company employs over 1,000 people and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, with partners and employees representing the largest group of investors

Investment approach

Partners Group is an experienced investor in the fields of energy and renewable energy. Making a sustainable positive contribution is one of its core principles. The company creates value with its investments through active, long-term and responsible investments and works closely with management throughout the life of its investments. The investment results promote the prosperity of its clients, who are ultimately millions of private beneficiaries around the globe. Partners Group was one of the first private market investment companies to sign up to the United Nations’ “Principles for Responsible Investment.” The company systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors throughout its investment process. After the acquisition, it consults with management teams to improve the implementation of the most relevant ESG factors for each company.

Current examples of Partners Group investments

Sentinel Energy Center, an 800 MW natural gas-fired power plant in the metropolitan Los Angeles, California, area. Sentinel supports California’s increasing focus on renewable energy by providing flexible capacity that can be started and stopped as needed. This offsets fluctuations in power generation that can result from intermittent renewables, such as wind or solar. The system can reach its maximum capacity within ten minutes, providing utilities with the grid stability they need.

Borssele, a 730 MW offshore wind farm under construction in the Netherlands. Located 22 km off the Dutch coast, Borssele consists of 77 wind turbines and is expected to generate about 3 TWh of electricity annually. This output is sufficient for around 825,000 households – about twice the power of Frankfurt/Main.

Merkur Offshore, a 400 MW offshore wind farm under construction in Germany. Merkur will consist of 66 wind turbines and is located off the German North Sea coast. Grid connection has been secured for the project that is scheduled for completion in March 2019. In 2018, Partners Group announced plans to invest EUR 450 million in the development of a major renewable energy platform in Australia, which will build over 1.3 GW of new wind, solar and battery storage facilities nationwide over the next four years.

Company profile

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investment firm that mainly manages the assets of public and semi-private pension funds and insurance companies. As of December 31, 2017, CDPQ had USD 298.5 billion in net assets under management. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in leading financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt.

Investment approach

CDPQ has a long track record of investing in the infrastructure, energy and renewable energy sectors. The institute constantly strives to build lasting relationships and enable long-term development within its portfolio. The investment approach follows three principles: a lower level of liquid assets and loans, further globalization, and combating climate change.

Current examples of CDPQ investments

Alvest, a world leader in the development, assembly, sale and support of mobile devices and machinery for aircraft handling, such as service stairs, tugs or tow tractors. The company’s history is marked by successful R&D investments, continuous market share gains and a strong long-term financial performance that has strengthened its leadership position over several decades. Alvest’s technology and services are an excellent fit with CDPQ’s climate strategy. The bank is helping Alvest develop a long-term strategy and finance necessary investments and acquisitions, thus strengthening the company’s ability to bring new and innovative solutions and services to market.

Invenergy Renewables, North America’s largest independent private wind developer and operator with 77 wind farms in the US, Canada, Uruguay and Europe. Partnering with one of North America’s leading renewable energy developers with a long track record has allowed CPDQ to invest in a high-quality diversified wind power portfolio.

Boralex, a Canadian renewable energy leader operating primarily in the wind and hydro sectors. The company with a high valuation has an impressive track record of project development and operation and an asset base spread across multiple countries and various types of resources and technologies.

Sunrun, founded in 2007, designs, develops, installs, sells and services rooftop photovoltaic systems for more than 135,000 customers in 22 US states and Washington, D.C. This investment not only provided an opportunity to enter the residential sector, which is one of the fastest growing market segments in the US energy industry today, but also fits very well with CPDQ’s climate change strategy.

Company profile

With net assets of USD 189.5 billion as of December 31, 2017, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) is Canada’s largest pension fund for a single profession. The independent organization invests the fund’s assets and manages the pensions of 323,000 active and retired teachers in the province of Ontario. OTTP invests in liquid and illiquid assets worldwide through five divisions in six different asset classes, thus providing for diversification and volatility management.

Investment approach

The Private Capital division invests, either alone or with partners, in private companies directly as well as indirectly through private equity funds. It seeks to add value to its portfolio companies by assisting them with long-term strategic planning, establishing high-performing management teams and board committees, and promoting good governance practices. OTPP also invests in long-term equity investments that deliver sustained current income and growth relative to inflation. As of December 31, 2017, the portfolio was divided by industry as follows: 29 percent Consumer and Retail, 17 percent Industrials, 16 percent Telecom, Media and Technology, 16 percent Financial Services, 13 percent Healthcare, 6 percent Energy and Power, and 3 percent Venture Capital and Growth Equity.

Current examples of OTPP investments

OTPP’s portfolio assets in the area of energy and infrastructure include water utilities in Chile, such as Essbio, Esval and Nuevosur. They also include MapleCo. The newly established smart meter provider contributes to a more efficient and cost-effective energy supply in the UK by financing the purchase and installation of smart gas and electricity meters.

We take responsibility for the digital energy transition

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. At Techem, we are aware of our responsibility and are therefore working on solutions for a successful digital energy transition in the building sector.

After all, one thing is certain: Only with the help of digitalization is a nearly climate-neutral building stock achievable and affordable. With digitally networked solutions and devices, we can reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and network renewable energy generation across sectors. 

Digitalization makes property management more economical, reliable and convenient. For us at Techem, climate protection, process efficiency and legal certainty go hand in hand.

We are treading the path to a nearly climate-neutral neighborhood in 2050

Reducing CO₂-emissions in buildings makes a significant contribution to this.