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Businesses urged to view water as economic risk rather than environmental issue

Efforts to combat water scarcity are "absent from the portfolios" of investors, and it is now the responsibility of the private sector to step up water efficiency practices to build understanding that water is an economic risk as well as an environmental one.

Carney also called on the German government to push the low-carbon agenda once it assumes G20 presidency next year

'Rapid' low-carbon transition could damage economic stability, warns Bank of England

The transition to a low-carbon economy is filled with potential paradoxes that could lead to either the current generation having no "direct incentive" to drive change, or actually transitioning too quickly to the point where financial stability would be damaged.

An aerial view of Central Park in New York City, which is hosting a week-long series of climate events co-ordinated by The Climate Group

Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC

The level of climate ambition shown from businesses during Climate Week 2016 in New York City (NYC) is continuing to mount, with eight more companies making 100% renewable energy pledges and four firms committing to double the energy productivity of their operations.

The UK’s pledge to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change is expected to be followed by a slew of similar ratification commitments from other nations this week

The Paris effect: Are businesses ready for a new climate reality?

As the UK joins a growing list of nations pledging to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new report released today (21 September) reveals that more than 600 big businesses - worth $12tn - have already started to factor in the profound impacts the deal could have on their operations.

Exposure to climate-related disasters such as floods, storms, or sea-level rise could have a huge impact on property and infrastructure, destroying value and raising insurance rates overnight

Investors fear next financial crisis will be climate-related

A rushed transition to clean energy triggered by extreme weather events linked to global warming "will be very expensive" to swallow for the economy, investors warned policymakers at an event in Bratislava.

M&S sustainability director Mike Barry believes new BEIS ministers should help other ministries to become “carbon literate”

Business leaders call for 'green growth narrative' to support climate action

Green business leaders from a range of industries have unanimously called for a narrative of "green growth" to be adopted by policymakers and the private sector alike, in an effort to ramp up climate finance and accelerate the shift towards a global low-carbon economy.

The letter called on G20 countries to begin preparing to strengthen their emissions targets, as was required by Paris

Investors controlling $13tn call on G20 leaders to ratify Paris climate agreement

A group of 130 institutions that control US$13tn of investments have called on G20 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement this year and accelerate investment in clean energy and forced disclosure of climate-related financial risk.

With a background in the public, private and voluntary sectors, Dr Bevis Watts sees an opportunity for a radical new approach to banking

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.

EY predicts that some investors will redeploy capital from countries with withdrawn regulation support towards countries with “more supportive environments”

EY: Renewables remain 'safe bet' for investors amid global market volatility

Renewable energy sources continue to remain "safe bets" for investors as clean energy transactions thrived in the second quarter of 2016 amid ongoing global market volatility, according to EY's latest report on the global power and utilities sector.

Marcela Navarro's Business Cubed has begun work with engine manufacturer Cummins, acting as a “de-risking model” that could open up investment across a variety of green innovation markets

Business Cubed: one woman's mission to de-risk the global green innovation market

As a growing number of businesses look to tap into the huge potential of low-carbon innovators and sustainability start-ups to drive internal CSR programmes, Matt Mace talks to the creator of the successful RBS Innovation Gateway as she embarks on a brave new venture to bring even more ready-for-market green innovations into the mainstream.

Currently, around 10% of the global palm oil industry is financed by equity investors, with US financial backing alone accounting for more than $5bn in funds

New transparency toolkit puts emphasis on investors to combat deforestation

A new online tool has been launched today (26 July) to highlight which global mutual funds and investment portfolios contain links associated to deforestation and palm oil holdings.

Carney revealed that only around one-third of the world’s 1,000 largest companies were providing banks and stakeholders with active and effective climate disclosures

Low-carbon movement requires $7trn in green infrastructure, warns Bank of England

Close to $7trn will need to be spent on new green infrastructure across the globe in order to cut carbon emissions over the next 20 years, the Bank of England's governor Mark Carney has claimed.

Everoze states storage plant costs usually occur upfront, compared to more opex-heavy structures, and are therefore viewed as a risky investment

Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems

The UK should look to Scotland to implement new revenue streams that account for a "modernised" grid system, which should have energy storage at its heart, in order to unlock £2.4bn in savings.

Moody’s ratings agency expects sales to exceed $50bn this year, in comparison with $42 billion in 2015

UN: Robust standards would help green bond market drive low-carbon economy

Green bonds have the potential to drive the global low-carbon transition in the wake of the Paris Agreement, but standardised criteria will be critical for the future credibility of the market, a new report from the United Nations (UN) has concluded.

Investing in London’s waste and energy infrastructure created a “revolving investment fund” that helped in the regeneration of certain areas in the city

London sets the benchmark for mobilising climate finance

A new report has praised London for its ability to mobilise climate finance, and has called on global cites to turn to the private sector in order to invest the necessary $57trn in infrastructure to transition to a low-carbon economy.

The report suggests that data can play a huge role in unlocking the business case for energy projects

New platform uses data to highlight the business case for energy projects

Businesses have been urged to explore third party financing and take into account project benefits outside of returns on investments (ROI), after a report revealed that around half of commercially-viable energy projects are being ignored.

With investors playing a big role in reducing corporate emissions, Felipe Calderón believes now is the time for the implementation of a universal carbon price

Felipe Calderón: Universal carbon pricing and green bonds needed to entice investors

Former President of Mexico and chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate Felipe Calderón has called for a universal carbon pricing mechanism to promote private investment in low-carbon technologies and "get the job done" following the Paris Agreement.

The UK Government has taken heed of advice from the Committee on Climate Change in setting ambitious emissions reduction levels under the Fifth Carbon Budget

Fifth Carbon Budget: UK Government sends positive message with ambitious emissions reduction plan

BREAKING: The UK Government has provided a much-needed confidence boost for the green economy by approving the Fifth Carbon Budget, taking heed of ambitious proposals from MPs to limit the annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

Analysts say Brexit will create uncertainty for energy sector, which could hit £20bn investment a year needed to replace ageing, dirty power plants

Leave vote makes UK's transition to clean energy harder, say experts

The UK's challenge to build a clean, secure and affordable energy system has become significantly harder amid the political and economic turmoil following the nation's vote to leave the European Union.

WWF is concerned that continued “greenwashing” will occur as more bonds – perceived as green – are issued despite only offering minor environmental benefits and improvements

Green Bond market in urgent need of 'vigorous' industry standards, says WWF

Industry standards in the Green Bond market are needed in order to overcome the "complexity and confusion" that is currently hampering investor confidence in financing green projects, new research from WWF has suggested.

The authors warn that financial markets could struggle to cope if there is a sudden revaluation of companies exposed to the risks of climate change and to risks from efforts to reduce emissions

Bankruptcy looms for companies failing to carry out climate change 'stress tests'

Companies that fail to carry out "stress tests" for their business plans against risks associated with climate change face the possibility of economic decline or bankruptcy, according to a submission to the Bloomberg Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures from leading research institutions.

During ExxonMobil’s AGM in Dallas on Wednesday (25 May), 11 climate-based resolutions were recommended, but just one was eventually passed

Investor pressure not enough as big oil baulks on climate change

During a 'do or die' week for three of the largest big oil companies, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell continue to rally against growing external pressure to adapt to a low-carbon pathway, warning that the shift would take an "unprecedented amount of effort".

From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to interactive sessions on the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from edie Live 2016

The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016

After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.

The EY report warns that the current record levels of financial support for new projects could fall even further in 2017, in the aftermath of renewable energy final subsidy deadlines

Britain's renewable energy attractiveness 'on a landslide'

The UK's attractiveness as a destination for investment in renewable energy has reached an all-time low, due to a series of unexpected green policy U-turns and the on-going uncertainty surrounding the role of renewables in our energy mix.

Shareholders can vote for resolutions at the companies’ AGMs on 25 May, to make ExxonMobil and Chevron aware of climate risks and diversify and disclose lobbying activities

Oil giants pressured to adapt business models to low-carbon pathway

ExxonMobil and Chevron have been urged to adapt there business models to account for the 2C climate target established in Paris, after the world's largest shareholder action platform called on millions of civilians to support a change in operations.

Funding gap: Cleantech innovators will face numerous challenges when attracting investors to take a 'leap of faith' towards commercial success

Cleantech innovation: Strategies for scaling up

In the second part of this cleantech innovation feature mini-series, Hamish Corner - a partner at UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP - outlines the key challenges and potential solutions for green entrepreneurs and start-ups when it comes to attracting funding to turn proven prototypes into a commercial success.

The move will see Ecotricity enter the domestic solar market for the first time

Ecotricity snaps up solar business from struggling SunEdison

Ecotricity has taken its first step into the UK domestic solar market, with the acquisition of the home rooftop solar business of troubled US company SunEdison.

Aviva's new rooftop solar systems all qualify for feed-in tariff subsidies, having been registered before the 15 January reduction in tariff rates

Aviva on the road to 100% renewables with rooftop solar investment

Aviva has invested in rooftop solar PV systems across three of its UK sites as part of the investment providor's commitment to use 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

As climate change disrupts weather systems, flooding will become more common in coastal cities

EU pushed towards 'climate disclosure' regime for investors

Pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to "stress-test" portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change, in a move that could shift billions in investment away from fossil fuels.

Abundance has suggested that there is a huge demand for green financing and has exemplified this through its Great British Money Survey

Could the UK's first Green ISA create a £60bn investment pot?

The UK's first 'Innovative Finance ISA' launched today (6 April) from investment platform Abundance, allowing investors to finance renewable projects through an operative tax ISA that could boost the green economy by £28.5bn.

The research showed that limiting global warming to 2C would see financial assets fall by $315bn less than the current 2.5C trajectory

Could climate change destroy $24trn in financial assets?

A 'worst case scenario' climate change impact could see $24trn wiped-out from assets, placing 17% of the world's economy at severe risk, new research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has warned.

Equitix plans to acquire at least 25% of each “project vehicle” Atlantis develops for tidal power initiatives in Scotland

World's largest tidal stream project receives £100m investment boost

Infrastructure investor Equitix will allocate more than £100m to Scottish tidal power, after entering into a partnership agreement with leading developer Atlantis to aid the development of the world's largest tidal stream project.

Lightbulb moment: CLT is anticipating a boom in the upscale of cleantech innovation similar to the rise of the Internet

Cleantech innovation: Navigating the minefield of investment

Innovation holds the key to unlock the global green industrial revolution. But how easy is it for low-carbon entrepreneurs and cleantech start-ups to secure vital funding and ultimately achieve commercial success? In this new feature mini-series, we explore the risks and opportunities surrounding green innovation investment.

Investors have called on the Government to help them understand how the Levy Control Framework is calculated to provide more stability and clarity

Treasury insists low investor confidence is due to volatile energy prices

Low investor confidence in the UK energy sector is more due to "staggering volatility" of energy prices than Government policy on low-carbon, the Treasury has said.

Rudd warned that a potential Brexit would hit working people through higher energy costs and job losses

Brexit would cause 'electric shock' for energy costs, warns Amber Rudd

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has today (24 March) warned that leaving the European Union would see energy costs 'rocket' by £500m as well as depleting investor confidence.

The Government confirmed this month that it had put the Green Investment Bank up for sale

Business groups set five key tests for Green Investment Bank suitors

Commitments to keep the Green Investment Bank (GIB) at the forefront of the green infrastructure market and ensure the best standards of governance and transparency are among the measures against which any prospective buyers of the GIB should be assessed, according to civil society and business groups.

With less than 2% of European buildings replaced every year, the IIGCC has called on the directives to champion renovation and refurbishment

Investors call for legally-binding, zero-energy building standards

A group of climate investors have urged the European Union to create and implement a binding, long-term target that re-shapes energy frameworks and pushes building sectors across the continent towards a near-zero energy standard by 2050.

Nuclear plants and innovation funds are part of the steps DECC has introduced to boost investor confidence

10 ways DECC is boosting investor confidence in the UK's energy market (according to DECC)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it will stimulate investor confidence in the UK's energy market in the wake of widespread criticism aimed at numerous abrupt policy amendments.

The report states that many of regulatory reforms needed to compliment the uptake of energy storage systems would be cost neutral and provide no burdens to Government funding

Energy storage could save UK £2.4bn every year

The implementation of energy storage systems could contribute £2.4bn to UK electricity system savings by 2030, but only if a range of 'necessary regulatory reforms' are introduced to steady the UK's energy market, a new report from the Carbon Trust has found.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom was involved in a heated exchange with ECCC chair Angus MacNeil in Parliament yesterday (2 March)

Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

The report cites the UK’s slide out of the top 10 of analysts EY’s respected international league table on renewable energy as a cause for concern

MPs warn of 'dented' investor confidence over UK energy policy

The Government is risking higher energy prices and stalling new investment through 'sudden and numerous' energy policy changes that are denting investor confidence in the UK energy market, MPs have warned today (2 March).

Once operational the solar farm will add to Swindon’s renewable capacity of 140MW

Swindon welcomes first UK council solar bond

The UK's first ever council solar bond has been launched in Swindon, offering councils and local authorities the chance to raise capital for a 5MW community solar farm.

The UKERC report has warned that investors would be unwilling to invest into gas projects unless enhanced policy incentives and infrastructure are in place

Natural gas capabilities in the UK 'very limited' without carbon capture, report warns

Using natural gas as a bridging fuel to a cleaner energy mix in the UK will only act as a "stop-gap", with its viability as an energy source severely limited beyond 2020 unless carbon capture and storage (CSS) technology is rolled out, the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has warned.

A failure to act on systemic climate risk could reduce the value of investment portfolios by as much as 10%

Idle investors could face legal action over portfolio climate risks, experts warn

A trio of climate experts have warned that investors and asset managers who continuously ignore the risks of climate change do so at their peril and may soon be faced with legal action.

Blackrock controls assets worth around $4.6trn

World's largest investor: We want companies with long-term sustainability plan

The chief executive of the world's largest investment firm, Blackrock, has called for companies to build environmental, social and governance (ESG) management into their business models, calling it a sign of 'operational excellence'.

The transaction marks the first time that operating offshore wind farms in the UK have been 100% owned by non-utility investors

Green Investment Bank in £423m windfarm acquisition

A consortium comprising of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) Offshore Wind Fund and funds managed by New York investment firm BlackRock, has acquired three UK wind farms in a deal worth £423m.

Investors and the council would reap 35% of the profits, with 65% going towards local community initiatives

Swindon set to offer UK's first council solar bonds

Swindon Council is considering a new community solar project that would offer residents a 6% return on any investment for the next 20 years.

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.

Ban Ki-moon stated that the investor community is of critical importance to the success of the Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon calls for doubling of clean energy investment

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global investment into clean energy to be doubled by 2020 in order to keep global temperature increases below 2C as set out in Paris.

Davis said investors simply want clarity about where the energy market is headed

Has Britain thrown away its chance to be the world centre of green finance?

EXCLUSIVE: There is a real opportunity for Britain to establish itself as the global centre of green investment, but the Government's 'confused' energy policy risks driving investors to Paris or other financial centres.

The report found the middle class is becomingly increasingly aware of the risks posed to them by climate change

Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS

The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.

Companies will take 'concrete steps' to act on the Paris Agreement in the immediate future

Businesses, NGOs and cities unite on post-Paris action pledge

Some of the planet's largest businesses, including Microsoft, Diageo, Tesco and Ericsson have formed a 400-strong coalition that has pledged to support the goals of the new global deal established in Paris last week.

The 12 days of COP21: In numbers

As the Paris climate change conference draws to a close, edie has rounded up the big pledges and initiatives and announcements that have made for a packed two weeks of climate action, with this special edition of our 'sustainability stats' series.

More than 500 institutions worldwide worth $3.7tn have now committed to move their investments out of fossil fuels

£352bn investors' coalition launched to push for clean energy

A new £352bn coalition of investors including large insurer Aviva and major public and private funds in the UK, Norway and France has been launched to put pressure on some of the world's biggest corporations to clean up their electricity sources.

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will head the global taskforce in an attempt to aid financial markets in understanding the growing climate-change risks

Michael Bloomberg to head up new climate task force

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is to lead a new industry-led task force which will offer climate change-related financial risk disclosures to companies and investors.

The survey found that just over half of the companies stated carbon reduction targets in reports

KPMG: Lack of consistency clouds carbon reporting

Carbon reporting from the world's largest 250 companies lacks consistency and makes it practically impossible for stakeholders to compare performances, according to the 2015 edition of the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.

CDP's initiative has seen 304 global investors come together to help tackle climate change by reducing emissions

Investor pressure helps cut corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes

Influential investors with $22trn in assets have helped reduce global corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes through collaboration with CDP's Carbon Action initiative.

RWE is effectively splitting the company in two as two thirds of its current 60,000 strong staff will now operate the new renewables entity

German energy giant unveils $42bn renewables branch

Germany's second largest utility company RWE has announced plans to separate its growing renewable energy initiatives from its conventional energy business in a drive that is expected to deliver $42bn in annual revenues.

The coalition will work with countries which are committed to developing and deploying zero-emissions energy solutions

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg launch renewable energy investment group

Some of the world's most powerful figures including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson have announced a new collaboration aimed at creating affordable and reliable clean energy for the entire planet.

A coal-fired power plant. The prince's project aims to illustrate to investors what they might do if companies are not frank with them about their environmental impact

Prince Charles in plan to help investors take polluting firms to court

Prince Charles is taking part in a project to expose major polluting corporations based in Commonwealth nations to big-money legal action if they fail to accurately disclose their impact on climate change or reform their ways.

Unilever was recently named by sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to advancing solutions to climate change in the past five years

Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.

The US look set to have $412bn worth of fossil fuel projects listed as stranded assets by 2035

Fossil fuel companies risking $2trn in 'unnecessary' investments

A perfect storm of climate movements could see fossil fuel companies waste more than $2trn by pursuing projects in a potential world where there is no need for coal mines and oil prices have peaked, the Carbon Tracker Initiative has warned.

Allianz plans to double its exposure to wind energy to about €4bn

€865bn assets in France and Germany pledge coal divestment

Major European financial institutions including the world's largest insurer have this week pledged to reduce their exposure to coal investments and transition towards clean energy.

The bank has so far invested in projects ranging from an offshore wind farm off the Brighton coast to the installation of 10,000 LED streetlights in Glasgow

GIB backs £10bn green projects in three years

In the last three years, the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1 billion, making it the most active investor in the UK's renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

Globally, investors worth $2.6trn have joined the divestment movement

Eight UK universities join divestment push

Eight UK universities with endowments worth a total of £69m have announced fossil fuel divestment commitments.

The solar energy sector has already lost 1,000 jobs as a result of planned subsidy cuts

Government to cut tax relief for community green energy schemes

The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK's embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned.

Carbon Tracker's research director James Leaton said shareholders in fossil fuel companies were having their money spent on projects that relied on high demand and high prices long into the future

Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?

International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.

Community-owned renewables projects raised £26m last year

1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market

A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.

Javid said the change would allow the bank to borrow and raise capital without it affecting public sector net debt

Green Investment Bank steps closer to privatisation

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed plans to remove ministerial powers over the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a major step forward towards the bank's controversial privatisation.

Heat accounts for nearly half of the energy consumed in the UK and a third of carbon emissions

UK failing on renewable heat targets

The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.

The plant removes the salt from the water and turns it into usable products

America's largest solar desalination project seeks $10m crowdfunding

A California company is trying to crowdfund $10m to part-fund the building of the US' largest solar desalination project.

The second close of the Offshore Wind Fund brings the total committed capital to £818m - nearing the £1bn target

GIB raises £355m for world's first offshore wind fund

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has raised £355m in the second tranche of investment for its Offshore Wind Fund, bringing the total value to more than £818m.

Ministers have thrown their weight behind a $100bn commitment as well as supporting an international financial transaction tax

'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change

Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.

The tidal lagoon will be situated on the eastern side of Swansea Bay, between the docks and a new university campus

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon hit by delays

Work on building the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been delayed to spring 2017 because the government is taking "longer than expected" to finalise a contract for difference (CfD), Tidal Lagoon Power has said.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd says the UK has to pace itself in transitioning to a green economy

Rudd: Government taking 'pro-business' approach to decarbonisation

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the Tory Government's controversial green policies, claiming they are designed to deliver climate action in a way that is "pro-growth, pro-business".

The International Energy Agency has been slammed for an underselling of renewable energy potential and an overselling of the coal industry

IEA under fire for 'irresponsible' and 'misleading' energy outlook

An energy watchdog has blasted the International Energy Agency (IEA) for "holding back the global energy transition", concluding that its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) reports were published with misleading projections.

The three areas of scrutiny were chosen following a public consultation with industry stakeholders, which drew nearly 250 responses

Climate watchdog launches inquiries into UK energy policies

The UK Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched three inquiries into the Conservative Government's track record on the low-carbon economy and potential policy options going forward.

Lord Nick Bourne gave the opening address at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit in London

Lord Bourne: Business leaders must galvanise governments ahead of Paris

Politicians and negotiators involved in the Paris Climate Summit "ought to feel the pressure from businesses" to achieve a global climate deal, the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has said.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP

Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.

None of the 28 energy companies responded

Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit

More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.

The letter asks food and beverage companies for increased transparency and disclosure about their exposure to water risk

Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.

The smart roads could be used to charge electric vehicles while driving

Highways England tests wireless charging for UK's motorways

Britain's roads could soon be fitted with wireless charging technology for electric cars following a new pilot scheme announced Tuesday.

The funding will go towards small-scale energy projects such as new hydropower

Albion Community Power gains £10m boost for renewable projects

A major community-scale renewable energy scheme received a £10m funding boost today (10 August), closing in on its £100m funding target.

The solar farms will offer areas of biodiversity for local education projects - Photo: Big60Million

Community solar farm partnership offers local investors solar bond profits

A new joint venture will see solar farms offering returns on local investments to communities in Kent and Warwickshire.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach

Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

The UNEP found major financial institutions have few policies in place to counter deforestation

Majority of banks fail to encourage sustainable forestry, UN finds

The majority of financial institutions do not have policies requiring clients to comply with forestry regulations, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) revealed today (29 July).

Just 19% of companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange reported on their greenhouse gas emissions

19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance

Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.

Investment in independent renewable energy hit £1.1m every day in 2014

Record investment in independent renewables tops £400m

Independent renewable energy received record levels of investment in 2014, totalling £417m, according to a new report from SmartestEnergy.

The report argues green growth can be synonymous with economic growth

New Climate Economy: 10 ways to generate low-carbon economic growth

Low-carbon economic growth can become the new normal and limit the impact of climate change, according to a new report released today (7 July).

The study found sustainable products are also growing as a share of major firms' portfolios from 17% in 2011 to 26% in 2014

Sustainable product revenue growing six times faster than alternatives

Revenues from sustainable products or services are growing up to six times faster than 'normal' equivalents, according to new research from the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi).

The CIEL report warns that ratings agencies may be artificially inflating the credit ratings and financial value of companies that contribute to global warming

Report: Ratings agencies ignoring financial risks of climate change

Financial ratings agencies such as Moody's and S&P could be repeating the mistakes of the financial crisis by failing to account for the risks of climate change, a new report has warned.

The Treasury could raise £1.4bn or more from the partial sale of the GIB

Tories plan to sell £1.4bn stake in Green Investment Bank to pay down deficit

The government's commitment to low-carbon technology has been called into question as it prepares to raise more than £1bn by selling a majority stake in the Green Investment Bank, the project that was a central promise in the Conservatives' 2010 manifesto.

New, sustainable business models are growing rapidly and changing the way we think about money

Towards earth-smart economics: what's wrong with economics as usual?

In the second of our feature series with Ashridge Business School, faculty members Tim Malnick and Stefan Cousquer explore the ever-changing relationship between sustainability and economics.

Commercial property is responsible for approximately 18% of the UK’s current carbon emissions

Property giant streamlines green goals to preserve prosperity

Britain's largest commercial property company has slashed its number of environmental targets from 15 to five, claiming the simplification will help it "move beyond CR to being a fully sustainable business".

There will be no large-scale solar farms developed in the UK this year, due to subsidy changes

Solar developers turned off by rollercoaster policies

The UK solar sector has seemingly become a victim of its own success, with big developers and investors now claiming they will not be making use of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme for large projects over the next year.

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

Planned solar panels could cut Edinburgh emissions by 855 tonnes a year

Edinburgh to launch UK's largest urban community renewables project

Edinburgh Council has confirmed plans to install community-owned solar panels on 25 public buildings across the city.

Since 2005, hydropower has seen resurgence, reportedly due to a better understanding of what the technology can provide, including energy storage and flood or drought mitigation

Hydropower to hit 2,000GW by 2050

The global hydroelectric power market, which already represents 76% of all renewable energy, could double to 2,000GW by 2050, according to the World Energy Council.

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