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WWF releases sustainable finance guide for banks in Singapore

A new guide by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been launched to help banks in Singapore implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice into their frameworks and develop sustainable solutions to risks of climate change and resource scarcity. The ESG Integration for Banks: A Guide to...


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UBS: solar set to transform energy system within 20 years

According to a paper from UBS, the world’s largest private bank, the solar industry is set to transform energy systems over the next two decades and place an emphasis on locally sourced power. The paper states, “Solar panels and batteries will be disruptive technologies. Solar is at the edge...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 28 August 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. If public votes for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose Scottish referendum: Business coalition speaks out against independence...


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Sydney University launches review of fossil fuel investments

Campaigners are urging the University of Sydney to commit to fossil fuel divestment after it announced a review of its investment policies. Students and environmentalists recently condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the controversial Maules Creek mine. Subsequently, the university launched an investment review...


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Pope Francis urged to divest Vatican from fossil fuels

Campaigners have called on the Vatican Bank to ditch all its investments in the fossil fuel industry, and throw its considerable weight behind the growing divestment movement. In a petition addressed directly to Pope Francis, who has commented often on the “sin” of environmental destruction, the global climate campaign...


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EvoEnergy: renewable energy investments offer better returns than pension funds

An investment in a renewable energy project can offer significant and reliable long-term income to private investors in retirement, perfectly complimenting a pension, according to new research. In a new analysis, the leading independent solar PV installer EvoEnergy compared the estimated returns generated over 20 years from an investment...


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Vote for Policies reaches crowdfunding target

Vote for Policies, an online service that encourages the electorate to cast their vote according to policies, has reached its £20,000 crowdfunding target and is now seeking to raise an additional £5,000 to add features to its site. The service presents users with a series of policies to choose...


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Al Gore’s firm invests £8m in Ovo Energy

UK energy supplier Ovo Energy has received an £8 million investment from former US vice president Al Gore’s firm. The deal comes as the regulator is seeking to make the energy market more competitive and reduce the dominance of the big six suppliers. Generation Investment Management, which was set...


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Report: generation Y have ‘very little interest’ in challenging unsustainable investment

Generation Y has “very little interest” in long term saving or challenging unsustainable investment practices, according to a new report published by Green Alliance and sponsored by Hermes. Generation Y, or millennials, defined as individuals being born in the early 1980s through to the early 2000s, are often characterised...


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UK ‘sharing economy’ could be worth £9bn by 2025

The UK’s fast-growing “sharing economy” could be worth £9 billion by 2025, according to a new report from PwC. The analysis considered many different sectors of the sharing economy, such as peer-to-peer finance – where users can take out loans from fellow users – and car sharing services –...


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Ethical IFA of the week: Ethical Futures

There are many independent financial advisers (IFAs) across the country, that give advice on ethical, sustainable and responsible investment. Among them is the Edinburgh-based Ethical Futures. Ethical Futures was established in 2005 by financial advisers Julian Parrott and Martin Wight, to help people plan for their futures by investing...


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Sydney University urged to divest from Whitehaven Coal

Students and environmentalists have condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in a controversial coal mine. According to Greenpeace, the leading Australian university has confirmed that 0.1% of its investment fund has been channeled into shares in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the $767 million (£430m) Maules Creek...


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Scottish North Sea’s oil reserves six times higher than estimated, business group says

A new report from business organisation N-56 has said that revenue from oil in the Scottish North Sea could be as high as £365 billion over the next few decades, rather than the £57 billion previously estimated. The study argues that the figures put forward by the Office for...


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Top 20 undeveloped oil projects will risk $91bn of investment

As investors begin to ask for more information around the risks of high-cost oil projects, the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) has revealed that some of the most expensive projects currently being considered for development in the industry could place $91 billion (£54bn) of investors’ money at risk. In May,...


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Citigroup: solar industry to outperform fossil fuels in long term

Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will become competitive with fossil fuels, because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply over the long term. A report, which was released to Citigroup’s investors earlier this year,...



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