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Crowdfunding a global broadcast of Sustainable September

Today we launched our £10,000 crowd funder for Sustainable September. Why? We’ve only got a limited number of tickets and can only get so many people together in the various venues. So we want to broadcast the event live, cut it to DVD and reach out to as many...


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We can help influence positive change by being in a growing movement

By investing your money sustainably and ethically, you can play a part in a growing movement that is changing the world for the better, writes Richard Essex. This article is an extract from Richard Essex’s 2014 book, Invest, Feel Good and Make a Difference, which is available now on Amazon. History...


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The story of unburnable carbon

Analysis from one group of financial experts could dramatically change the energy landscape for the better – but our communication needs to improve before it can. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr stood...


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Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy device unveiled

Ahead of its installation in Welsh waters, a tidal energy device developed in Cardiff was unveiled on Thursday. The device will help Wales produce clean and predictable energy in order to meet its low-carbon energy generation goals. Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device is the first private marine project to...


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Crowdfunding bid launched to collectively acquire Rupert Murdoch’s press empire

A major crowdfunding bid has been launched by campaign group ‘Let’s Own the News’, who wish to re-establish public control over the British media by buying out Rupert Murdoch from both the Times and Sunday Times. The target aim is £100 million, with £50 million being used to buy...


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Shares in Drax fall 8% following subsidy appeal

Drax group has lost its legal battle with the government over one of its projects’ eligibility for subsidy scheme Contract for Difference (CfD), resulting in the firms shares falling by more than 8%. The Court of Appeal ruled the government could exclude one of Drax’s coal-to-biomass conversions from the...


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Solar energy investment ‘coming of age’ and attracting institutional investors

As awareness of solar investments and the risk profile they offer increase, finance in the sector is gradually “coming of age” and attracting institutional investors, according to Solar Media’s Solar PV Finance: 2014 Update.    Jamie Richards, a partner at investment manager Foresight, which launched the Foresight Solar Fund...


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Legal & General: corporate social responsibility is about hedging against future risks

There’s an old adage in the corporate sector, about the head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) being tucked away on the 11th floor, simultaneously banging the drum for sustainability and their head against the wall in frustration. While this may have been the case a decade ago – and...


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Al Gore: economic case for coal divestment as strong as moral one

The economic case for divesting from coal is growing and investors need to understand the risks associated with fossil fuel assets, as the world attempts to limit carbon emissions and global warming, according to Al Gore, former US vice president and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and David Blood,...


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New SME lending rules to ‘open the flood gates’ for alternative finance

Banks in the UK may soon be forced to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) find alternative sources of finance if they turn them down for loans, under proposed legislation outlined today. The unveiling of the rules, which are expected to take effect in Autumn, follows a Competitions...


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Asia Climate Partners in $400m low carbon investment venture

ORIX, Asian Development Bank and Robeco have committed to a $400 million (£237m) joint venture that promises to mobilise private equity investment in low carbon initiatives across the east. The three groups have united to form the Asia Climate Partners (ACP), which will be founded in Hong Kong, with...


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Australian National University to take sustainable investment advice from CAER

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the Australian National University’s (ANU) decision to hire research firm CAER, to advise the institution on sustainable and ethical investment. ANU’s new agreement with Canberra-based analysts CAER will mean its investments are judged according to social, environmental and ethical risks. “ANU recognises the importance an...


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Savers should be allowed to access pensions and avoid payday loans, say experts

Investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown have suggested that households should be able to access a cash reserve of a few hundred pounds, withdrawn from their savings, in order to avoid relying on payday loans. Accessing pensions before retirement, suggest the firm, would take the immediate pressure off households when struggling...


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Four Winds Energy Co-op extends renewable energy share offer

A renewable energy co-operative seeking investors to support two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines has extended its public share offer. The Four Winds Energy Co-op has now received sufficient funding to develop its first turbine in Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, having raised over £2.6 million. Construction will start imminently and...


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Second annual Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards open for applications

The Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards, established by Efma and Accenture, is looking for cutting-edge marketing and distribution innovations from retail banks for their global award ceremony. Efma, whose membership includes nearly one-third of all global retail banks, in partnership with Accenture, a global distribution and marketing firm, will...



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