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EY survey: majority of institutional investors considering sustainability

Almost nine out of 10 institutional investors say that non-financial performance information plays a pivotal role in at least some of their investments, according to a new report from consultancy firm EY. However, many are relying on personal judgement rather than having a process in place. EY’s global survey...


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Plymouth solar co-op raises £400,000 investment in five weeks

A community solar project launched in March in Plymouth has revealed it has raised £400,000 in just five weeks, meaning it can go ahead with plans to install free solar panels on schools and community buildings. The project was launched by Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) with an aim to...


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IPCC report proves fossil fuel investors are ‘wrecking our future’

A forthcoming UN report will say there is still time to prevent runaway climate change, but only if investment is rapidly shifted away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, campaigners have said. Due for publication on Sunday after a week of deliberations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s...


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Fiduciary duty: are your investments fit for the future?

For a number of years, many in the ‘mainstream’ investor community have rebuffed attempts to get them to take sustainability concerns into account in their investments, by saying that it goes against their fiduciary duty to provide the best possible returns for their investors. It is an argument that...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 11 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. Why impact investment could soon be a trillion-dollar industry Garden cities: how ecosystem services valuation can enable visionary urban development Pura Vida!...


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European Commission announces proposals to encourage shareholder engagement

The European Commission has announced proposals to strengthen shareholder engagement and introduce a ‘say on pay’ for Europe’s largest companies. The changes aim to improve sustainability and long-term thinking. The proposals would affect around 10,000 companies listed on European stock exchanges. The package includes revisions to the Shareholders Rights...


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Why impact investment could soon be a trillion-dollar industry

By the end of the decade, impact investment has the potential to reach $1 trillion (£600 billion) and deliver significant social benefits, according to Jennifer Kenning, director of wealth management and spearhead of impact investing at US wealth management firm Aspiriant. Aspiriant manages around $8 billion (£4.8 billion) and...


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Brits plan to up socially responsible investment in new financial year

Just over a quarter of Brits want their savings and investments to be more socially responsible this year, according to a survey from ethical bank Triodos. The new financial year offers consumers a chance to look at their finances, assess what their money is doing and determine how their...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 10 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. Triodos head of SRI: invest sustainably to ‘change the world’ Eight social enterprises win contracts worth £35m – thanks to social investment...


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Renewable heat incentive to boost ‘financially attractive’ alternatives to oil

Homeowners could receive financial incentives for using renewable heat in their homes, after the government has launched a new scheme. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is the first of its kind in the world but has faced repeated delays. The scheme aims to provide long-term financial support for renewable...


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Triodos head of SRI: invest sustainably to ‘change the world’

Do you know what your money is doing and is it doing good? Alex Blackburne speaks with Eric Holterhues from Triodos Investment Management about how sustainable investment can provide an answer to those crucial questions. In 1980, a bank was formed that would go on to become a European...


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Solar crowdfunding predicted to top $5bn in five years

Over the next five years, solar investment through crowdfunding will reach $5 billion (£2.9 billion), more than 50 times the amount raised to date, according to Tim Newell, vice-president of financial products at California-based SolarCity Corp. Crowdfunding involves raising finance from a large pool of backers and usually takes...


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Adapting London’s energy ‘vital’ to for economic growth and future demand

Significant investment in London’s power supply network will be needed in the coming decades if the capital is to meet future energy demands, according to a new report. Failing to act could hamper economic growth, it added. The report – The Future of London’s Power Supply – from the...


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Eight social enterprises win contracts worth £35m – thanks to social investment fund

An investment fund that supports social enterprises with their growth ambitions has had a “significant and positive” impact on the sector and businesses involved, according to a new report. The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) aims to ensure that social ventures are better equipped to secure new forms...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 9 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. Climate change coverage: what the BBC can learn from MMR ‘The children see these solar panels every day. They see it as...


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