Monday, December 5, 2016

Introducing our 7th Guide to Sustainable Investment

Guide to Sustainable Investment
Tomorrow Blue & Green celebrates its 6th birthday – remember, remember the 5th of November - and to mark the occasion we are delighted to launch our latest and seventh Guide to Sustainable Investment. The Guide has contributions from UKSIF’s Simon Howard, 3D Investing’s John Fleetwood and Pennine Wealth Solutions George Critchley alongside wise insights from our friends at ATI,...

By 2020 Britain Could Have One Million Agency Workers

By 2020 Britain Could Have One Million Agency Workers
Average pay penalty of £430 for the forgotten face of non-traditional employment. The number of agency workers has grown by 30 per cent since 2011, and now stands at 865,000, a new report by the independent think-tank Resolution Foundation reveals today (Monday) as it launches a major 18-month investigation into agency work. The report highlights agency staff as the 'forgotten face’...

Ecotricity Officially Named As One Of Britain’s ‘Most Disruptive Companies’

According to today’s 20th anniversary edition of the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, Ecotricity is one of Britain’s ‘top 10 most disruptive companies.’ The inaugural Virgin Media Business Disruptor 10, researched by Fast Track, recognises ten companies for having a business model, product or service that is creating a new market, or transforming existing markets and rapidly taking market share...

ET Index Report Underlines Advantages Of Investing In Carbon-Efficient Companies

ET Index Report Underlines Advantages Of Investing In Carbon-Efficient Companies
ET Index Research has revealed in a report launched today that global leaders in carbon reporting have the potential to save the equivalent of Japan’s annual CO2 emissions by reaching standard levels of carbon-efficiency for their sector. Nearly half of the world’s 800 largest listed companies have disclosed their emissions, and have improved their carbon efficiency by 15% in the last year,...

Ofgem Funding For Game Changing Project

Ofgem Funding For Game Changing Project
Ofgem have granted £4.9 million in funding to Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) OpenLV project. The project will trial a new open and flexible solution that will be installed in Low Voltage (LV) substations, providing a much-needed enhanced data platform for local electricity grids. This platform will enable the development of Apps to provide benefits to customers, community energy groups, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs)...

10 Chicken Factory Farming Facts

Broileritila by Oikeutta elaimille via flickr
Each year as the global chicken consumption increases, the suffering of meat chickens remains one of the largest causes of global animal suffering, says World Animal Protection, the international animal welfare charity. In recent years’ consumers, have demanded higher welfare products and several food companies have gathered pace by making pledges to go cage-free for egg laying hens. But the...

TEC successful at The Energy Awards 2016

Electricity by Andrii Zymohliad via flickr
The ‘Energy Buying Team of the Year’ was awarded to the Energy Consortium (TEC) at this year’s Energy Awards. The achievement is noteworthy as TEC was entered in the larger team category, beating some notable private sector teams to secure this award. The result was announced at the London Hilton, Park Lane on 30 November, with TEC taking the top spot...

Titanic Belfast Awarded ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’

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The ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ award has been given to Titanic Belfast at the World Travel Awards in the Maldives. Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe's official Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast sailed its way to victory to become the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, bringing the award back to UK after ten...

Banks Must Publish Decarbonisation Plan, Say Christian Aid

Christian Aid office, Lower Marsh, London by Howard Lake via flickr
Campaigners that have been urging UK banks to shift customer’s funds out of fossil fuels have praised the reveal by Greenpeace of Barclay’s, HSBC and RBS $800m investment into Dakota Access Pipeline firm, Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiaries. The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transfer oil from Dakota to Illinois, has generated fierce opposition from community...

Green Investment Potential Demonstrated In Brazil’s New Economy Event

South Brazil by Douglas Scortegagna via flickr
Next Thursday, Brazil’s transition to a low carbon economy will be on display in London as businesses gather to highlight future green investment opportunities in the world’s 9th largest economy – the biggest in Latin America. Leaders in banking and finance, sustainable agriculture, forestry and clean energy will be joined by representatives of Brazilian Ministries to showcase investment potential as...

Spanish Government Help To Save World Heritage Site By Cancelling Dredging Project

Guadalquivir Andrew Wilkinson via flickr
As a result of WWF’s Doñana Spanish World Heritage Site campaign, the Spanish Government announced a permanent ban on Guadalquivir River dredging. Doñana is at risk of becoming the first EU natural World Heritage Site to be placed on the ‘in danger’ list. In a report to UNESCO, the country stated that a plan to deepen the Guadalquivir River in...

Brands Demand End To Solar Tax Hike

Solar Energy System by jeremy levine via flickr
More than 160 NGOs, schools, academics, energy providers and public institutions are urging the Chancellor to abolish the proposed rise in solar panel business rates. Big companies such as Sainsbury’s, IKEA, and Kingfisher PLC – who own B&Q and Screwfix - have joined over 160 diverse groups calling on the Chancellor to drop the solar tax hike. The group, which...

Groups Urge Scottish Government To Support Electric Vehicles

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Leading Businesses and Environmentalists have to today warned that Scotland must copy Norway in undergoing a transport revolution in order to reach future emissions targets. Organisations including the EV Association Scotland, Alexander Dennis Ltd, 203020 Taxis, AGM Batteries Ltd, BMM Energy Solutions, and WWF Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to speed up the transformation needed in the transport...

Greenpeace Warn That Governments Failing To Implement Biodiversity Targets

Greenpeace at Latitude 2010 by Howard Lake via flickr
From the 4th-17th December, the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity will take place in Cancun, and will focus on the progress made toward the implementation of biodiversity commitments. Areas of key focus during the conference will be the “Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020” and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, agreed in 2010. Commenting...

Europe Supports Lithuanian Cheap and Cleaner Heat-And-Power Plant Development

Winter cityscape of Vilnius by Mantas Volungevicius via flickr
A EUR 190 million loan agreement has been signed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to construct a combine-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vilnius. The agreement with Lietuvos Energija for the greenfield construction project is expected to lower municipal waste landfilling, decrease energy prices as well as cut emissions and improve the security of energy supply in the country. The EIB...

World Responsible Tourism Awards – Winners Interview Series

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Exclusive Interview: Aradhana Lal, Lemon Tree Hotels Founded in 2004, the World Responsible Tourism Awards allow people the chance to celebrate the heroes and share the stories of the most exciting and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world. Lemon Tree Hotels were the joint overall winner and also won the Gold award for “Best accommodation for responsible employment.” The best accommodation for responsible...
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By 2020 Britain Could Have One Million Agency Workers

By 2020 Britain Could Have One Million Agency Workers

Average pay penalty of £430 for the forgotten face of non-traditional employment. The number of agency workers has grown by 30 per cent since 2011,...

Ecotricity Officially Named As One Of Britain’s ‘Most Disruptive Companies’

According to today’s 20th anniversary edition of the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, Ecotricity is one of Britain’s ‘top 10 most disruptive companies.’ The inaugural...
ET Index Report Underlines Advantages Of Investing In Carbon-Efficient Companies

ET Index Report Underlines Advantages Of Investing In Carbon-Efficient Companies

ET Index Research has revealed in a report launched today that global leaders in carbon reporting have the potential to save the equivalent of Japan’s...