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Pope Francis urged to support fossil fuel divestment campaign

Religious groups have called on Pope Francis to give his support to the fossil fuel divestment campaign, which calls on investors to ditch their holdings in oil and gas companies because of the impact of their emissions on the climate. In a letter to the leader of the Catholic...


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Clean energy tech receives €2bn boost from European Investment Bank

Renewable energy and carbon capture projects across Europe are set to benefit from more than €2 billion (£1.64 billion) that the European Investment Bank has made available in funding. The bank states that the money has been raised by the sale of 300m emission allowances under the NER 300...


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Triodos teams up with natural insect repellent firm for EIS investment offer

The sustainable bank Triodos has partnered with natural insect repellent manufacturer Incognito for an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offer that could deliver healthy returns, offer tax breaks and do social good. UK-based Incognito develops plant-based repellents that researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say are...


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UKSIF rebrands National Ethical Investment Week as Good Money Week

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has revealed that National Ethical Investment Week, the industry’s flagship event for the past seven years, is to be rebranded as Good Money Week for 2014. UKSIF explained that the change was a reflection of how sustainable investment and finance had...


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What leading investment houses say about sustainable investment

Four leading investment houses discuss the compelling case for sustainable investment and the barriers that are currently stopping it from becoming truly mainstream. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014. Biographies Name: Peter Michaelis Company: Alliance Trust Investments Career history: Has been managing...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 17 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Connected lighting: the smart revolution EU vote on non-financial reporting ‘historic’ for sustainable investment Limiting global warming to 2C not enough to...


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RBS takes top spot in renewable lending and sets out sustainability plans

The Royal Banks of Scotland (RBS) was the leading lender to renewable energy projects in 2013 and now aims to build on this to improve trust and sustainability within the company. It also says it plans to meet customer demand to build a “stronger, values-based culture” in its 2013...


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EU vote on non-financial reporting ‘historic’ for sustainable investment

The European parliament has voted through new legislation that requires large companies to disclose non-financial information. The changes have been described as “landmark”, making corporate information more transparent and assisting sustainable investors. The new law means that large companies will have to include environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters...


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Not Business As Usual: watch the documentary in full

Not Business As Usual is a 2014 documentary film by Vancouver-based entrepreneur accelerator Institute B. Here, social venture capitalist Joel Solomon explains more about its origins and importance. Click here to jump straight to the film. Tell us about the Not Business As Usual. It is about the growing use...


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Charity Bank backs community hydro project with £400,000 loan

Social purpose bank Charity Bank has announced its first borrower following a major investment by Big Society Capital will be a community hydropower project in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. At the beginning of the month, Big Society Capital announced it was to invest £14.5 million of ordinary shares into Charity...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 16 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Investing for the past or investing for the future? The latest IPCC report: it’s time to ramp up mitigation efforts Impact of...


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Responsible investment a ‘clear trend’, says AXA Investment Management

Investor interest in responsible investment and the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment choices increased in 2013, according to AXA Investment Management (AXA IM). The growing demand is recognised in AXA IM’s Responsible Investment Annual Review for 2013. The firm says that clients are increasingly...


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Abu Dhabi seeks ‘sustainable investment’ to meet private school demands

In order to meet demands for affordable high quality private education, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has organised its annual Private Education Investment Forum under the slogan ‘sustainable investment’. The conference is designed to brief investors and operators on the Private Schools and Quality Assurance (PSQA) plans for...


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Scientists told to ‘strike’ over lack of global action on climate change

Scientists frustrated by a lack of action on climate change, despite the recent stark warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), should go on strike, it has been suggested. In a blog post, Dr Jonathan Rowson said that while it was “a long shot” that may never...


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EU set to vote on high frequency trading restrictions

The European Union (EU) is preparing to vote on some of its “strictest” restrictions for high frequency traders to date. The measures will aim to reduce instability whilst improving investor protection and transparency. High frequency trading (HFT) is a type of algorithmic trading to rapidly trade securities. The computer...


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