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IEA: policy uncertainty to impact on pace of renewable investment

The amount of money invested in renewables could decrease in the years ahead because of policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned in a new report. Through to 2020, the IEA estimates that investment in new renewable power capacity will average around $230 billion (£138bn) annually, lower...


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Small business lending under flagship scheme falls

Figures from the Bank of England have revealed that lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) through the government’s flagship Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme fell again in the second quarter of 2014. Lending under the scheme fell by £435 million after banks collectively drew down £3.2 billion...


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IEA: renewable power capacity grew at fastest pace in 2013

Last year global capacity for renewable power grew at its fastest pace to date, with almost 22% of power generation coming from clean sources, data in a report from the International energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. In 2013 global renewable electricity generation rose by an estimated 240 terawatt hours...


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Yale committee fails to back fossil fuel divestment

The Yale Corporation’s Committee on Investor Responsibility (CCIR) has not recommended that the Ivy League school divests from fossil fuels, despite pressure from students. Instead shareholder proxy voting guidelines on climate change will be adopted. A survey conducted last year found that 83% of students at Yale University would...


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WWF releases sustainable finance guide for banks in Singapore

A new guide by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been launched to help banks in Singapore implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice into their frameworks and develop sustainable solutions to risks of climate change and resource scarcity. The ESG Integration for Banks: A Guide to...


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UBS: solar set to transform energy system within 20 years

According to a paper from UBS, the world’s largest private bank, the solar industry is set to transform energy systems over the next two decades and place an emphasis on locally sourced power. The paper states, “Solar panels and batteries will be disruptive technologies. Solar is at the edge...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 28 August 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. If public votes for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose Scottish referendum: Business coalition speaks out against independence...


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Sydney University launches review of fossil fuel investments

Campaigners are urging the University of Sydney to commit to fossil fuel divestment after it announced a review of its investment policies. Students and environmentalists recently condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the controversial Maules Creek mine. Subsequently, the university launched an investment review...


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Pope Francis urged to divest Vatican from fossil fuels

Campaigners have called on the Vatican Bank to ditch all its investments in the fossil fuel industry, and throw its considerable weight behind the growing divestment movement. In a petition addressed directly to Pope Francis, who has commented often on the “sin” of environmental destruction, the global climate campaign...


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EvoEnergy: renewable energy investments offer better returns than pension funds

An investment in a renewable energy project can offer significant and reliable long-term income to private investors in retirement, perfectly complimenting a pension, according to new research. In a new analysis, the leading independent solar PV installer EvoEnergy compared the estimated returns generated over 20 years from an investment...


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Vote for Policies reaches crowdfunding target

Vote for Policies, an online service that encourages the electorate to cast their vote according to policies, has reached its £20,000 crowdfunding target and is now seeking to raise an additional £5,000 to add features to its site. The service presents users with a series of policies to choose...


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Al Gore’s firm invests £8m in Ovo Energy

UK energy supplier Ovo Energy has received an £8 million investment from former US vice president Al Gore’s firm. The deal comes as the regulator is seeking to make the energy market more competitive and reduce the dominance of the big six suppliers. Generation Investment Management, which was set...


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Report: generation Y have ‘very little interest’ in challenging unsustainable investment

Generation Y has “very little interest” in long term saving or challenging unsustainable investment practices, according to a new report published by Green Alliance and sponsored by Hermes. Generation Y, or millennials, defined as individuals being born in the early 1980s through to the early 2000s, are often characterised...


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UK ‘sharing economy’ could be worth £9bn by 2025

The UK’s fast-growing “sharing economy” could be worth £9 billion by 2025, according to a new report from PwC. The analysis considered many different sectors of the sharing economy, such as peer-to-peer finance – where users can take out loans from fellow users – and car sharing services –...


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Ethical IFA of the week: Ethical Futures

There are many independent financial advisers (IFAs) across the country, that give advice on ethical, sustainable and responsible investment. Among them is the Edinburgh-based Ethical Futures. Ethical Futures was established in 2005 by financial advisers Julian Parrott and Martin Wight, to help people plan for their futures by investing...


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