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Investment fund launched to support sustainable innovation in farming

A new £8 million venture capital fund has been launched to support sustainable innovation in the UK agri-tech sector. The Agri-Innovation Venture Capital Fund, launched in a joint effort by Norwich-based consultants Adapt Low Carbon Group and Japanese commercial investors Tsukuba Technology Seed Co (TTS), will support small and medium-sized...


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Crowdfunding – it’s not all about the money

At the forefront of an alternative finance revolution, crowdfunding is changing business for the better, writes Jess Ratty of Crowdfunder. There are some pretty big stats and data out there talking about future finance, with one of biggest laying claim to the fact that the UK alternative finance market...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 22 July 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. Oxitec: the Oxford business genetically engineering a dead end of mosquitos Sustainable investment is built on trust Former environment secretary Owen Paterson...


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Foreign investment in UK renewable energy projects on the rise

The number of UK renewable energy projects supported by foreign investors has increased by 25% in a year, new figures have revealed. A report from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), released on Sunday, showed that from 2013-2014, the nation has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began...


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Government intervention hits planning approval rates for UK wind and solar energy

A report, conducted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), has found a 20% drop in planning approval rates for wind and solar, as a result of planning reforms and interventions from government ministers. The investigation found that a heavy reliance on the secretary of state to approve...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 21 July 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. Together in Electric Dreams? Abundance Generation’s Karl Harder on being part of the bigger conversation Scientists to investigate Arctic sea ice melt...


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BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies

The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve. The bank will be based in Shanghai and its first president will be from India, the group announced. In...


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Sainsbury’s declare £200m ‘green’ loan to fund sustainability programmes

Leading supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has taken out a loan to promote low-carbon investments that will help finance its numerous low-carbon programmes, in what is being regarded as a pioneering break-through in corporate sustainability. The commercial loan, arranged via Lloyds and Rabobank, is the first loan to be officially classified...


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Labour place railway renationalisation at heart of election manifesto

Labour party leader Ed Miliband has announced plans to reverse the Conservative’s privatisation of Britain’s railways, by diminishing the Railways Act and rejuvenating failed railway lines. The announcement has been met with praise in the Labour party after negotiations in Milton Keynes earlier this week. The policy, which will...


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Together in Electric Dreams?

The UK government has extended its financial support for electric vehicles by a further £500m, which is likely to accelerate the steady growth in this sector. Yet investors looking for low-risk growth should also consider the broader theme of vehicle efficiency, says Ben Goldsmith. A new, futuristic-looking car has...


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Abundance Generation’s Karl Harder on being part of the bigger conversation

Karl Harder speaks to Blue & Green Tomorrow about his upcoming sustainable energy debate at Sustainable September and why he thinks the renewable energy investment sector is so important. Harder is the co-founder and operations director at renewable energy crowdfunding platform, Abundance Generation. He will be arguing against the...


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Global renewable energy investment up 33% in second quarter of 2014

Global investment in renewable energy increased 33% in the second quarter of 2014, thanks largely to the record-breaking $3.8 billion (£2.2bn) secured by an offshore wind farm in the North Sea, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Investment totalled $63.6 billion (£37.2bn) over the quarter, also up 9% from...


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£10m fund to reduce energy demand announced

The government has announced a fund with a budget of £20 million to help organisations and businesses in the UK reduce their carbon footprint. In a talk at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) energy conference yesterday, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey announced details of a £10...


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UK falls to 6th place in energy efficiency rankings

The UK has lost the top spot it earned in the energy efficiency rankings in 2012 and fallen to 6th place, with Germany now ranking number one. Environmental groups and campaigners have recently criticised the UK government for its lack of focus on energy efficiency measures. The International Energy...


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Britain’s oldest bank sets sights on sustainable investment

Three hundred and forty-two years into its existence, C Hoare & Co is casting a keen eye on sustainability, writes Alex Blackburne. The 10,000 customers of Hoare’s Bank, one of London’s most distinguished private banks, were sent a letter in February that – among other things – raised the...


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