Thursday, January 19, 2017

After Rapid 2016 Business Expansion, Foresight Group Increases Partnership Promotions

The leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager, Foresight Group, has announced the promotion of Minal Patel, Ricardo Pinero and Matt Smith to Partners as of January 1st. The promotions follow continued expansion in the Group during 2016, which has seen staff numbers increase by 21% to more than 150 as Foresight opened two new offices during the year,...

1MWp PV Solar System Installed At DPD Headquarters

DPD headquarters
DPD, the express parcel delivery company have, as part of its carbon neutral commitment, installed a 1 MWp Solar PV system into its West Midlands Headquarters. Completed in December 2016, the investment forms part of the firm’s ‘Driving Change’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy which involves every parcel it delivers being ‘carbon neutral’, for all of its customers, at no...

Political And Economic Challenges Threaten Wind Industry, Warns New Report

Middelgrunden_wind_farm_2009-07-01_edit_filtered by Kim Hansen via flickr
A Word About Wind, the wind industry intelligence service, have published its Finance 2017 report, which examines the political and economic challenges to face the wind sector over the coming year. Drawing on in-house research and in-depth interviews with key industry figures, the report analyses the potential effects of a number of threats to the sector across Europe and the...

British Solar Renewable Group Receive 17MW Solar Park Planning Permission

Solar Power Plant by Global Panorama via flickr
TLT has advised British Solar Renewables on its recently approved 17MW Solar Park, located in Rampisham Down, Dorset, that, when fully operational, will supply over 4,260 homes with clean energy. The development will secure ecological, heritage and landscape benefits for the area. The neighbouring Rampisham Down Site of Special Scientific Interest will be improved, with most of the remaining telecommunication...

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change Appoint New Chair

Peter Damgaard Jensen
Peter Damgaar Jensen, CEO of PKA, one of the largest employee pension service providers in Denmark, has taken over the role of chair at the IIGCC. Picking up the baton as IIGCC Chair, Peter Damgaard Jensen said: “In recent years IIGCC’s membership has grown rapidly alongside its growing influence on climate and energy policy across the EU and in key...

Food Giant That Misled Customers Facing Backlash From Investors

cow by Y'amal via flickr
It was revealed yesterday that major restaurant chain Whitbread has served 250,000 dishes of “beef lasagne” in which more than one third of the meat content was in fact pork. This suggests that big global food companies have learnt little from the horsemeat scandal of exactly four years ago. Rosie Wardle, Programme Director of the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) Initiative...

Unheated Homes May Fall To Unsafe Temperatures This Weekend

House in the snow
Experts have warned that with arctic blasts expected to sweep across the country, temperatures in millions of UK households could fall to dangerous levels with people fearing high heating bills. With the mercury set to plummet below zero and snow predicted for large parts of the UK, the Energy Saving Trust has said it has concerns over a study that shows 42...

Trump’s Victory Triggers US Trade Association to Attack Climate Policy Again

Trump
New evidence from non-profit InfluenceMap shows the way in which many powerful US industry associations have taken advantage of Trump's victory to send messages against climate change regulations and push for policies that will favour the fossil fuel economy. Trade associations the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have called on the President-elect's incoming team to roll back on policies such...

Liam Kavanagh of Rockfire Capital Comments on The Future of The Green Investment Bank

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Liam Kavanagh, Founder and CEO of renewable energy investor Rockfire Capital, comments on today’s question to Business Minister Nick Hurd about the future of The Green Investment Bank. He said: “I’m with Richard Branson – it would be a pity to let the Green Investment Bank get broken up by asset strippers. Fingers crossed the Commons help the Government see sense. This process...

DfT Funding Announcement Welcomed By REA At Decarbonising Transport Conference

Wind Energy by tony webster via flickr
Transport Minister John Hayes today said that renewable fuels are going to play a critical role in decarbonising the transport sector, and will complement the role of electric vehicles. In order to support the transition to a decarbonised transport system and make the UK a world leader in advanced transport technologies, he has this morning announced that £20m from the...

New Data Shows Scotland Has Set Two “Spectacular” Wind Power Records

WWF Scotland React To Scottish Government Comments On Fracking
As December came to an end, Scotland set two new wind power records, according to data released by WWF Scotland. Analysis by the environmental group of data provided by WeatherEnergy found that wind turbines in Scotland generated power equivalent to all of the nation’s electricity needs for a record four straight days – on 23, 24, 25, and 26 December. Although wind...

Seven In Ten Customers Say Bills Not Getting Easier To Understand

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Bills aren't getting any easier to understand for the majority of UK customers. According to new research from Echo Managed Services, as a result they are still confusing customers and organisations are wasting an important customer touch point. This is despite up to a third of people stating that clarity is the number one billing improvement businesses need to work on, and...

UK Motorists’ Class-Action Against VW: Greenpeace’s Reaction

VW By Mie Knell Via Flickr
UK motorists are to launch class-action suit against VW. Areeba Hamid, clean air campaigner for Greenpeace, has responded to this action. She said: “Diesel emissions are toxic to human health and its impacts fall especially hard on children, older people and people with existing lung diseases such as asthma. Yet almost nothing has been done to tackle car companies since they were caught...

New Director Strengthens Quilter Cheviot Charities Team

Quilter Cheviot, a leading investment management firm that forms part of Old Mutual Wealth, has appointed a new Charity Director, Charles Mesquita, as an addition to its charities team. Charles will join the 10 strong team at the beginning of January, reporting to Head of Charities William Reid.  Quilter Cheviot’s charities division has funds under management of over £1.5 billion of...

Switch2 Energy Awarded Trio Of International Management Standards

heating and ventilation by Clive Darra via flickr
Switch2 Energy, district heating specialist, has received the ISO 14001:2015 environmental and OHSAS 18001: 2007 health and safety accreditations, which have been integrated with the company's existing ISO 9001:2015 quality management system to mark a triple achievement. The company was supported through the process by FPA Consulting, and LRQA, which recommended Switch2 for the double certification following a five-day audit...
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