Green Investment Bank (GIB)

DEFINITION: The financial institution was created by the UK Government in November 2012 to invest in green projects on commercial terms and mobilise other private sector capital into the UK's green economy. The GIB has invested £2.7bn in more than 85 UK green infrastructure projects, ranging across wind energy, biomass and energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities. In April 2017, the UK Government completed the sale of the GIB to Australian investment bank Macquarie today (20 April) for a sum of £2.3bn.

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By January 2021 over 1,600 projects had benefited from ISCF funding. But MPs are concerned about whether they will truly help meet targets like net-zero 

UK Government 'unable to prove it will meet green R&D targets'

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All key parts of the financial sector are represented in UKSIF's membership, including banks, pension providers, insurers and asset owners

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MPs accuse Treasury and HMRC of shirking climate responsibilities

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BlackRock now manages more than $200bn in long-term sustainable strategies

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Treasury could mandate UK financial firms to add climate labels to products

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Regenerative agriculture and AI for solar: Google funnels €10m into projects tackling climate change

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The Government’s new £20m fun will assist research and development competition for EV technology innovations

Government confirms 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars, unveils £20m electric vehicle package

The Government has officially confirmed that the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars has been moved forward to 2030, while also announcing a new £20m funding pot for electric vehicle (EV) innovation.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak used his 2021 Budget statement to reiterate the Government's “real commitment to green growth”. Image: Parliament Live TV

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Through 2030, investment opportunities will grow in sectors like wind and solar generation, the report states. Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore wind farm

Report: Strong net-zero policy could help UK attract £350bn of investment by 2050

The low-carbon energy transition in the UK could lead to the development of £350bn of investible assets by 2050 - but only if businesses and policymakers do more to support key sectors.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

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Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak 'set to unveil green savings bonds and net-zero innovation programmes'

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The report outlines policy recommendations spanning from nature restoration to using hydrogen in heavy industry 

Green recovery: MPs call for VAT breaks for energy efficiency, electric vehicles and circular economy

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Oxfam states that developing nations could miss out on up to £57bn over a six-year period

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Boeing is striving to halve emissions by 2050 and sees biofuels playing a key role in meeting the target

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Academics and businesses will explore circular solutions for industries including textiles, plastics, construction and metals

Exeter to play host to UK's first national circular economy 'hub'

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £3.5m to create a new circular economy hub at the University of Exeter, which will be used to coordinate research and development across the country.

Pictured: Flooding in Lome, Togo. 

Developed nations accused of over-reporting climate adaptation finance by billions

Wealthy nations have exaggerated figures around how much finance they have provided to developing countries for climate adaptation, with up to $20bn less spent than promised between 2013 and 2017.

Five ways to ignite behavior change on energy use

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences driving engagement to change behaviours around energy use.

Six ideas to achieve your flexible energy future on the road to net-zero

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors discussed the role that smart and flexible energy technologies and systems will play in the net-zero transition.