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NAO questions government’s £16.6bn renewable energy contracts

The government’s spending watchdog has questioned whether the early contracts awarded to eight renewable energy projects, collectively worth £16.6 billion, have overpaid energy firms at the expense of the taxpayer. In April, the government stepped in to offer contracts to the projects – five offshore wind farms, one biomass...


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Government policy vital for impact investment growth, says US report

Government policy is the key to helping the impact investing industry, which is poised for dramatic growth and a move into the mainstream, according to a report published by the US National Advisory Board (NAB). The report – Private Capital, Public Good: How Smart Federal Policy Can Galvanise Impact...


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Renewable energy co-operative invites investors to help tackle fuel poverty

Calleva Community Energy Co-op in Berkshire is inviting investors to buy shares in the co-operative in order to help local businesses become greener – while also helping to tackle fuel poverty in the region. The co-op has been set up to raise £412,000 to install solar panels on the...


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Investment needed to protect UK infrastructure from climate change risks

The UK’s crucial energy, transport, waste and water infrastructure is at risk from the impacts of climate change because of a lack of investment, a damning new report has warned. Such neglect is also affecting the UK’s competitiveness and the quality of life of its citizens, the report says,...


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New ‘fossil free’ investment index boosts divestment movement

A new index covering the US equity markets and excluding fossil fuel investments has been launched in an effort to support the growing global divestment movement. The Fossil Free Indexes US (FFIUS), launched by the ethical investing research company Fossil Free Indexes, is based on the Standard & Poor’s 500...


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£6.1m investment for Oxford firm that battles dengue fever with GM mosquitos

A company that breeds genetically modified mosquitos to battle dengue fever has announced the completion of a £6.1m investment round. Oxford-based Oxitec uses pioneering methods to control insect species that spread disease and damage crops, using biotechnology as a more precise and environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides.  Its recently...


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Prince Charles calls for investors to be given disaster risk information

A proper appreciation of risk is required to bring about sustainable development, Prince Charles has said, as he called on businesses to disclose natural disaster risks to investors. The prince warned that investors could face “untold and catastrophic” consequences if they fail to address how natural disasters could impact...


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Private investment needed to fund UN’s sustainable development goals

Private sector investment in developing countries will be critical to achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG), which currently face an annual $2.5 trillion (£1.3 trillion) funding gap, according to a report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). The World Investment Report 2014 argues that whilst...


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RBS and WPP latest firms to face investor anger over executive pay

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and advertising firm WWP were both expected to face a shareholder revolt relating to executive remuneration packages at their annual general meetings (AGM) on Wednesday. A number of other businesses have found themselves in the firing line this year. RBS, which remains 80%...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 26 June 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. Ethical investment: using negative screens to avoid ‘sin stocks’ is a thing of the past Three simple reasons why climate change is...


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Investors exposed to ‘unprecedented’ climate risks – report

Investors and financial institutions are, and will continue to be, exposed to risks associated with climate change, according to a new report. However, the study notes that alternative opportunities in more sustainable sectors, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, are available. The publication of the report – Climate...


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M&S chief: some investors ‘highly engaged’ on sustainability but most are not

The mainstream investment community does not see sustainability as a “priority”, according to the chief executive of leading sustainability-focused retailer Marks & Spencer. Marc Bolland, who was appointed in 2010, said the majority of investors have historically “not been very interested in the agenda”. This is despite the firm’s...


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Bloomberg: economic risks of climate change ‘impossible to ignore’

A new report has warned that businesses and economies stand to lose billions if inaction on climate change continues. Despite the stark warning, it argues that the most severe risks can be avoided through early investment. The Risky Business Project launched in 2013 and focuses on quantifying and publishing...


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Ethical investment: using negative screens to avoid ‘sin stocks’ is a thing of the past

Regina Schwegler and Judith Reutimann, of Switzerland-based sustainability rating agency Inrate, discuss the role of exclusion screenings in sustainable investment. Excluding certain stocks from an investment universe due to violation of minimum standards is a widely used practice for socially responsible investments (SRI). It can be valuable for financial,...


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Big Society Capital backs community projects with £1m social investment

Social investment bank Big Society Capital is investing £1m in a fund designed to support community projects if there is a funding gap. It is hoped the investment will allow community groups to be more ambitious in the scale of share offer they launch. Big Society Capital launched in...


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