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Tidal lagoon renewable energy plants could add £27bn to UK economy

A new wave of six tidal lagoon power plants could contribute £27 billion to the UK economy over a 12-year period starting in 2015, according to a new study. Plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon – a proposed £850 million project in Swansea Bay – are currently going through...


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Croydon Council announces move to ethical pension funds

Croydon Council’s pension committee has decided to move the pension funds of council employees from tobacco to a socially responsible fund, after saying they will get a better investment deal. The council has said they will move away from investing in tobacco as it isn’t in line with their...


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Neil Woodford: full fund disclosure is ‘right thing to do’

Neil Woodford, formerly the UK head of equities for Invesco Perpetual, has publicly revealed every single holding in his new fund, CF Woodford Equity Income Fund. The decision comes as investors are becoming increasingly interested in where their money is invested. The fund, which launched on June 2 2014,...


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£1m fund announced for Oxford sustainable transport

Oxfordshire county council has announced a boost to green transport in the county thanks to a £1 million investment through the local sustainable transport fund. The UK government created the sustainable transport fund after the ‘creating growth, cutting carbon’ white paper in 2011, which aimed to cut carbon emissions...


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ShareAction calls for legal changes to create responsible pension investment

Responsible investment charity ShareAction has launched its Manifesto for Responsible Investment, which calls for legal change to ensure that private pension providers are accountable and transparent to savers.  Issues around the responsible investment of pensions are becoming more prominent as auto-enrolment continues to be rolled out across the country,...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 16 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. Lessons in sustainability from the city that touches the clouds Sustainable Investment Bootcamp, Edinburgh – review Liz Truss to replace Owen Paterson...


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Do you want to own a slice of Blue & Green Tomorrow?

On Monday we launched our 2014 Reader Survey. Contained within was the little announcement that we’ll shortly be offering our readers the opportunity to buy shares in Blue & Green Communications Limited, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s ultimate owner. In just 24-hours we had £53,000 offered. To date, the business...


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Drax wins court appeal over coal-to-biomass conversion investment contract

Drax Group has won a High Court battle to overturn the government’s ruling that one of its coal-to-biomass conversion projects was ineligible for a new subsidy scheme. In a surprise decision in April, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that only one of Drax’s two planned...


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Payday loans to be capped at 0.8% to cut cost of borrowing

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed plans to cap charges payday loan companies implement on debt – with moves that could cost the industry £420 million. The FCA has proposed a cap of 0.8%, which would mean nobody would have to pay back more than twice what they...


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Carbon budgets can be met but policies must be strengthened, advisers warn

The UK can meet its carbon budgets, at an affordable cost, but only if the government strengthens key policies, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a report, the committee acknowledges that progress has been made but urges the government to go further. A progress report from...


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Sustainable Investment Bootcamp, Edinburgh – review

Blue & Green Tomorrow hosted a Sustainable Investment Bootcamp for financial advisers on June 26 in Edinburgh. Four leading funds presented and discussed a range of sustainable and responsible investment themes to a number of interested advisers, which was hosted by Standard Life in its central Edinburgh office. The...


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Renewable energy companies in Thailand team up to develop wind power

Renewable energy developer The Blue Circle and leading clean energy group Annex Power have announced a partnership to develop wind power plants in Thailand. In a statement, the companies said the partnership was expected to lead to renewable energy investments of an estimated 248 million Singapore dollars (£116m) in...


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UKSIF backs Sustainable September

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) is backing Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month long celebration of sustainability, Sustainable September, by becoming a partner of the debate. Sustainable September aims to bring together thought leaders from a variety of organisations and industries to discuss sustainability and the challenges...


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Zurich backs responsible investment and doubles green bond commitment

Insurance firm Zurich has committed to investing up to $1 billion (£580m) more to green bonds, doubling its previous commitment. The move highlights the growing importance of the green bond market. Green bonds pay investors back over a defined period of time, with regular interest payments, in the same...


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Social impact: on the angel investment agenda

Mike Mompi of ClearlySo writes how social impact investment might just be making its way into the mainstream. In early July, I was fortunate enough to attend the UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) Angel Investment Awards. Every year, it is an exceptional event and well-attended by some of the most...


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