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Global Listed-Infrastructure Fund Launched By Alceda and CBRE Clarion Securities



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Today Alceda announces its partnership with CBRE Clarion Securities to launch a new infrastructure fund on its Luxembourg-based UCITS platform. Pan-European investors will be able to access CBRE Clarion’s leading listed infrastructure strategy via a liquid and regulated UCITS vehicle as a result of this partnership.

The CBRE Clarion Funds SICAV – Global Listed Infrastructure Fund invests in a globally diversified portfolio of listed companies that derive a majority of their revenues or profits from the ownership, management, development or operation of long-term infrastructure assets. These assets include toll roads, airports, communication towers, oil and gas pipelines, water distribution pipelines and electric transmission and distribution lines.

The Fund’s strategy draws upon a multi-step investment process that combines top-down research with bottom-up securities selection based on fundamental company analysis. The objective is to offer investors access to higher risk-adjusted returns relative to the broader global equity market.

Alceda, which is part of the Aquila Group, is a leading specialist in structuring solutions for traditional and alternative strategies. The Fund is managed by CBRE Clarion, a leading global investment firm.

Michael Sanders, CEO of Alceda, said: “We are delighted to partner with CBRE Clarion in launching its proven infrastructure strategy onto the European market. Interest for investments in infrastructure has increased significantly over the past decade. This Fund provides investors with an attractive combination of stability, income and growth and enables them to enhance the diversification and return/risk profile of their overall investment portfolios.”

Jeremy Anagnos, CIO of Infrastructure at CBRE Clarion, commented: “Allocating to listed infrastructure is an effective portfolio completion strategy for investors with exposure to unlisted infrastructure and an income-driven option for investors seeking competitive risk-adjusted returns. The listed market provides investors with efficient access to core infrastructure assets yielding attractive dividends and provides the ability to dynamically adjust portfolio exposure to better manage risk and capitalize on market opportunities.”

The Fund, which is set up as a Luxemburg-based UCITS (SICAV) and is licensed for investors in Germany and the UK, is registered with a US-Dollar share class. Further tranches including EUR, GBP and JPY are intended to be added.

A version of the strategy, the CBRE Clarion Global Infrastructure Value Fund, is available to US investors and was awarded four stars by Morningstar after establishing a three-year performance record, making it the third-highest-rated fund among 64 in the rating agency’s infrastructure category.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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