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New Triodos chief pledges to lead 'movement for change' among UK banks

"Our banks are not serving the needs of society," says Dr Bevis Watts, who has this week been confirmed as the first 'environmentalist' to take up a lead executive role within a UK bank.

The biggest category of investment in the first half of 2016 was asset finance of renewable energy projects, at $92bn worldwide, down 19% on the first six months of 2015

Global clean energy investment down on 2015 levels at half-year mark

Investment slowdowns in China and Japan, as well as a sustained decrease in the cost of solar, has meant that clean energy investment in the second quarter of 2016 reached $61.5bn, 32% below the $90bn spent in the equivalent period of 2015, according to the latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich presented the case for leaving the EU at a Crowd Forum referendum debate in London last night

Michael Liebreich downplays impact of Brexit on clean energy investment

EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming EU referendum will have less of an impact on UK clean energy investment than feared, and domestic environmental policy will not suffer at the hands of a 'Brexit', the chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.

The report cited that developing countries spent $167bn on clean energy in 2015 compared to developed countries which spend $162bn

Clean energy investment surges past fossil fuels to new heights

Against a precarious backdrop of tumbling oil prices, 2015 saw $367bn invested into new renewable power capacity and generators - $114bn more than what was spent on new fossil fuel generation - a new report has found.

The movement has been organised by the Aiming for A movement which filed two similar successful resolutions focusing on climate change with BP and Shell last year

Investors demand climate transparency from mining firms

Investors responsible for more than $8trn have called on mining giants Anglo American, Glencore and Rio Tinto to be more transparent over the climate risks and impacts of their businesses.

Clean energy investment enjoyed its best year ever in 2015 but is still $200bn short of necessary levels

Paris goals will cost $12 trillion, says Bloomberg

More than $12trn will need to be invested in new renewable power generation over the next 25 years to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris agreement, according to a new report from research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and sustainability non-profit Ceres.

Increasing renewables to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 would provide about half emissions reductions needed to hold warming to 2C, says Irena

Rapid switch to renewable energy can put Paris climate goals within reach

Countries can deliver on the promises of the historic Paris climate change agreement by rapidly scaling up wind and solar power to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030, an international energy gathering heard on Saturday.

Global clean energy investment was up 4%

UK clean energy investment up 24% in 2015 on strength of offshore wind

The UK was "by far the strongest clean energy investment market in Europe" in 2015, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, with investment up 24% to $23.4bn.

Current Carbon Trust analysis estimates that $5trn is needed in order to deploy low carbon technology by 2025

Global collaboration could save $550bn on clean energy deployment

The cost of worldwide clean energy technology deployments could be reduced by up to $550bn over the next 10 years if countries adopted global collaboration as a means of accelerating innovation, a new report has found.

55 countries considered to be 'emerging markets' were accountable for a record annual high of $126bn of renewable investment for 2014

More than half of global clean energy investment flowing to emerging markets

Emerging markets attracted more clean energy investment than wealthy countries for the first time ever in 2014, according to a new report.

Investment covers initiatives to generate capital for water and climate risk solutions while developing green bonds

Goldman Sachs to invest $150bn in clean energy

Banking giant Goldman Sachs has announced it will leverage $150bn into clean energy financing and investments by 2025 as it also aims to become the first US investment bank to be carbon-neutral across its operations.

This year alone, 23 large-scale projects representing around 2.7GW of energy have been publicly abandoned

Attractiveness of UK renewables plummets following subsidy cuts

The UK has fallen to eleventh place in a ranking of the most attractive renewable energy markets for investors by consultancy firm EY.

Overall investment in Q2 2015 is down 28% on 2014

Clean energy investment remains level on 2014 levels

Worldwide clean energy investment has remained level for Q2 2015 compared to a year earlier.

Friday to Saturday (3-4 July) mark celebrations of Solar Independence Day

Solar Independence Day: Six ways solar is revolutionising sustainability

As Britain enjoys a bout of summer sun, solar farms are preparing to open up to the public for Solar Independence Day.

US President Barack Obama met with Sir David Attenborough at The Whitehouse last month. Photo: BBC

Obama to Attenborough: 'We're not moving fast enough on climate change'

US President Barack Obama has admitted to Sir David Attenborough that the US is "not moving as fast as we need to" in its efforts to tackle climate change.

Gates told the Financial Times that current renewable technologies would only be able to reduce CO2 emissions at “beyond astronomical cost

Bill Gates: Next-gen renewable tech could be solution to climate change

Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has called for international Governments to triple R&D funding for renewable technologies in order to find a 'magic solution' to climate change.

Under a 2C pathway, Mercer predicts coal stocks to provide average returns of -2.0% a year for the next ten years, and oil stocks to return -0.7% a year

Report: Coal and oil investors will lose money on 2C planet

Investments in the coal and oil sectors will see annual losses up to 2% over the next 10 years, if the world's governments commit to limiting global warming to 2C at Paris later this year.

Santander, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board are the joint owners of the newly-formed Cubico

Santander unveils green investment firm

Spanish bank Santander has established a $2bn renewables investment firm in partnership with two of Canada's largest pension funds

UK renewable electricity generation was up by a fifth to 64,404GWh in 2014

UK renewable energy generation surged by 20% in 2014

Renewable energy generation leaped up 20% in the UK over the past year, but the industry has warned that more government leadership will be needed to maintain growth.

The first quarter of 2015 sent mixed messages according to Clean Energy Pipeline

Clean energy investment drops in first quarter

Global investment in clean energy fell 5% in the first quarter of 2014, according to figures released on Tuesday by financial services firm Clean Energy Pipeline.

Financing for utility-scale renewable energy projects fell 19% to $27.9bn, with wind investment falling by almost a third on 2014 to $15.1bn

Global clean energy investment drops 15% in 2015

Clean energy investment has slumped by 15% in the first quarter of 2015 to its lowest level in two years according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Abundance said the Oakapple scheme was the most successful campaign it had ever hosted in terms of turning visits into investment

Solar crowfunding scheme catches light

A project to site 749 solar panels on social housing in Berwickshire is the most effective crowdfunding campaign ever hosted by the investment platform Abundance Generation

US solar helped offset aROUND 20 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2014

US solar capacity to double in next two years

American solar capacity could double by the end of 2016 according to a new report from the oil-and-gas association American Petroleum Institute (API).

Petrochemical companies in Saudi Arabia are among the companies benefiting from around £1.7bn in government funding over the course of the parliament

UK loaned £1.7bn to foreign fossil fuel projects despite pledge

The UK Government has provided well over a billion pounds in loans to fossil fuel projects around the world despite a pledge to withdraw financial support from such schemes, an analysis of loans made by the UK's export credit agency has revealed.

Investment in the clean energy sector increased 11% year-on-year

Clean energy investment poised for first increase since 2011

The global market for sustainable technology is booming, with investment in the clean energy sector worth £34bn in Q3 2014, according to a report released today by Clean Energy Pipeline, the financial news and data service.

European Investment Bank provides €2bn for clean energy projects

More than €2bn (£1.6bn) is to be made available for new innovative renewable energy and carbon capture projects, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced.

Clean energy investment totalled $61bn (£36bn) in the first quarter of 2014, up from the $53.4bn invested in the corresponding period in 2013

Clean energy investment increases 14% despite decline in project deals

Global 'clean energy' investment increased 14% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest research.

Ed Balls wants to see greater stability built into green policies

Ed Balls warns 'quick wins' are damaging green investment

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has led calls today to banish "government short-termism" from climate change policies which he argues is undermining investment in the UK's environmental sector.

UK clean energy investment springs back - after sluggish 2010

Investment in the UK's clean energy sector made a strong comeback last year - growing by 35% after struggling in 2010 - with offshore wind "poised" to create significant future investments.

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