Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals
Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.
World's first climate disclosure lawsuit to set 'important precedent' for businesses
Pressure is mounting on the private sector to consider climate change risk in annual reports after the world's first climate disclosure lawsuit was lodged today (8 August).
Mongoose Energy secures UK's biggest community energy deal
Mongoose Energy has finalised a deal to finance the UK's biggest community energy project, a 'solar plus battery' farm in Warwickshire.
Shareholder demands driving commitments on deforestation, report finds
Shareholder resolutions are an increasingly viable way to drive company action on deforestation, with more than half of proposals to address risks leading to business commitments from the likes of Kraft, DuPont and Mondelez, according to new analysis.
Investors reach early milestone for UK's first commercial geothermal power plant
A bond that encourages investors to back the first commercial geothermal electricity power station in the UK has raised more than £1m in the 48 hours since it was launched.
Decentralised energy will revolutionise sustainable business, claims Mongoose Energy boss
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that invest in decentralised energy systems can enjoy the triple benefit of economic value, security of supply and "telling a good story", the new chief executive of community energy supplier Mongoose Energy has told edie.
BlackRock: UK's largest renewables fund passes £1bn mark
The world's largest investor has raised the largest fund for renewable power generation in the UK, totalling £1.1bn in commitments, with more than £600m already funnelled into 40 UK solar and windfarm projects.
Global banks worth $7trn pledge support to TCFD climate disclosure guidelines
Eleven of the world's top banks, including Barclays and Santander, have jointly committed to adopt key elements of a new international framework which seeks to improve climate transparency in the financial industry.
Property industry develops sustainability toolkit for acquisitions
A coalition of the UK's leading commercial property owners has teamed up to launch an industry toolkit which delivers practical guidance on sustainability criteria within the acquisition process.
CDP: Only 100 firms account for more than 70% of global emissions
Just 100 major companies, such as Shell, ExxonMobil and BP, have caused 71% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) since 1988, according to new research from global disclosure organisation CDP.
TCFD: Businesses worth $2trn back final climate disclosure recommendations
More than 100 businesses including Unilever, Barclays and HSBC, have publicly committed to support the final recommendations listed by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which seeks to disclose climate information as part of mainstream financial statements.
UK primed to lead Europe's £46bn wave energy market opportunity
Wave power can contribute to 10% of global electricity demand by 2050 if governments and the private sector offer financial support and political stability, with the UK primed to act as the marine energy leader.
Green Deal loan scheme relaunches
The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has relaunched financing streams for households to improve the energy efficiency of a building through a number of providers and installers, for the first time since July 2015.
New data hub offers financial oasis against climate-related hazards
A new global data community aimed at expanding the climate risk adaption strategies for the insurance and investment markets has launched this week (5 June), to protect economic losses incurred through damages to infrastructure during natural disasters.
Power sector urged to adopt world's first investment-grade carbon pricing mechanism
Financial heavyweights including Bank of America, Barclays and Hermes Investment Management have teamed-up to introduce the world's first investment-grade carbon pricing system for the power sector, aimed at aligning company operations with a 2°C pathway.
New natural capital metric a 'powerful lever for change', says Kering
EXCLUSIVE: A new natural capital biodiversity metric will act as an "internal change management tool" that allows companies to define and translate what environmental footprints look like in a business context, Kering's head of sustainable sourcing innovation has claimed.
UK re-enters top 10 for renewables attractiveness
The UK has restored its position as one of the top 10 countries for renewable energy investment, although concerns remain about the impact that Brexit will have on future investments.
UK financial markets exposed to embedded fossil fuel reserves
UK businesses and investors may be inadvertently sitting on more than 15,000 tonnes of stranded fossil fuel asset emissions that could impact how the nation commits to a 2C energy scenario, new research has found.
Investors worth £11bn urge Trump to stick with Paris Agreement ahead of withdrawal decision
An investor group worth more than £11.5bn has urged Donald Trump to maintain support for the Paris Agreement, amid rife speculation that the President could seek to pull out the US from the landmark climate change deal as early as this week.
MPs demand fossil fuel divestment for pension fund
Fifty MPs standing for re-election, including the Green Party's Caroline Lucas and the Conservative Party's Laura Sandys, have called for their £612m pension fund to sever investment ties with fossil fuels.
LEED and BREEAM can generate 'stories of leadership' for businesses, says USGBC
EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing expansion of LEED certification opportunities in Europe can enable businesses to become leaders in the built environment, by obtaining duel, third-party certifications that highlight the business case for green buildings.
'The scales have tipped': Majority of investors taking action on climate change
The number of the asset owners recognising and acting on the risk of climate change has risen by almost a fifth in the last year, with 60% of the world's biggest investors taking steps to protect their portfolios, a new report has revealed.
Philips agrees €1bn loan connecting sustainability performance with finance
Philips has agreed a pioneering €1bn loan in collaboration with banking group ING, with an interest rate dependent on the year-on-year advance of the global lighting firm's sustainability performance.
Christiana Figueres: Peak emissions by 2020 'crazy but achievable'
Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres remains "stubbornly optimistic" that market trends are already in place to hit ambitious three-year targets as part of her Mission 2020 campaign, but only if the "climate conversation" is extended to a wider range of stakeholders and investors.
Private sector funding for smart cities hindered by regulatory constraints, say experts
The private sector will have to mobilise "enormous" amounts of capital to help with the global smart cities transition, but nations must first address regulatory and institutional barriers to incentivise the movement.
BlackRock headlines green bonds push, but is investor action ambitious enough?
As a new briefing paper highlights that up to $6.9trn in controlled assets are covered by investors with little to no environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility, the world's largest investor has headlined a stream of new green bond announcements.
World's largest investor to vote out directors failing to act on climate risks and mitigation
The world's largest investor has warned that high-level directors could be voted out of companies that are failing to mitigate climate-related risks posed to individual firms.
World Bank unveils first green bonds linking business actions to SDGs
The World Bank has issued its first ever set of green bonds that directly link financial returns to companies performing to the standards and aims on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts
EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability reporting frameworks should be developed to encourage businesses to compete on performance and attract investors rather than simply being used as compliance mechanisms, a panel of experts have agreed.
Financial giants repeat calls for G20 to phase-out fossil fuel support
The financial sector is calling on G20 governments to sever ties with the fossil fuel sector, as 16 major companies with assets under management worth $2.8trn signed a joint statement for governments to phase-out subsidies by 2020.
Major banks failing to align climate strategies to Paris Agreement targets
Despite more than 70% of banks introducing environmental and carbon footprint stress, many are failing to align business and investment strategies in keeping with the 2C pathway scenario established through the Paris Agreement.
Fears mount over Green Investment Bank sale as MPs warn of asset-stripping
MPs have today (11 January) raised concerns over the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to private investors in a letter which urges Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark to consider the bank's long-term role in the green economy.
Dear Mr Trump: We need a low-carbon USA, say 600 firms
More than 630 of America's largest companies and investors have renewed calls for President-elect Donald Trump to re-consider his climate change denial stance and support the nation's low-carbon policies.
New framework aims to 'unlock billions' needed for green urban development
A new collaboration of international organisations is launching a new framework to help unlock the billions needed to accelerate cleantech and sustainable development in cities across the world.
Mark Carney and Michael Bloomberg set out recommendations for climate disclosure adoption
The first global, industry-led effort to create recommendations for climate-related financial disclosures has been published by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Bill Gates and investors inject $1bn into Breakthrough Energy fund
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has rallied together a team of executives from some of the world's biggest companies in order to pledge a $1bn fund to accelerate the uptake of clean energy technologies.
Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5tn in a year
The value of investment funds committed to selling off fossil fuel assets has jumped to $5.2tn, doubling in just over a year.
Stock exchanges poised to introduce sustainability reporting standards
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is among 21 of the world's stock exchanges that look set to introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of 2016, according to experts.
Energy efficiency: 'Champions and dunces' exist in every industry
The world's largest listed companies could save 1.4 billion tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of Japan's annual carbon emissions - by closing the gap between the worst and best-performing businesses on energy efficiency, a major new report has revealed.
Is the cement industry undermining the Emissions Trading System?
Research by UK-based non-profit InfluenceMap has found that, despite the European cement industry seeming to embrace the Paris Agreement on climate change, many companies within the sector continue to oppose ambitious science-based climate policy.
Ecotricity's green bond raises £12m in one month
Green energy supplier Ecotricity's latest foray in the UK renewable energy market has led to more than £12m of applications for its fourth corporate mini-bond ahead of tomorrow's (30 November) deadline.
Human capital: Why low-carbon innovations must grow hand-in-hand with new sustainability skills
Companies that are driving the global low-carbon transition do so through the effective use of clean technology and a willingness to embrace new businesses models, but are the next generation of green businesses leaders primed with the right skills to push the sustainability agenda even further?
Businesses urged to 'wake up' over £11bn water risks
Businesses have been issued a "wake-up call" by a new CDP report which revealed that water risks fuelled by climate change cost the private sector $14bn (£11.3bn) over the last year.
UK's first green energy ISA attracts £1m funding pool
The UK's first green energy Individual Savings Account (ISA) has already received £1m of investment since its launch last week, with the expenditure set to fund a new community solar farm in Swindon.
COP22: Major firms lead low-carbon energy drive
The first week of COP22 in Marrakech rounded-off on energy day, with a range of companies demonstrating their commitment to a low-carbon future with pledges to source 100% renewable energy.
STA calls for 'modest government intervention' for solar
New research has shown that the current financing for large scale solar PV schemes in the UK is no longer economically viable.
Ignoring sustainability in favour of short-termism will cause financial ruin, warns major investor
EXCLUSIVE: Companies that fail to realise the long-term benefits of sustainable investment will see their financial returns collapse, one of Britain's biggest investment groups has said.
Investors want more transparent sustainable funding opportunities
New research from ethical investment specialists Triodos Bank has revealed that investors want to increase ethical investment prospects and enhance socially responsible investment (SRI) opportunities, despite many feeling that they don't have the opportunity to do so.
Ecotricity launches new 'Ecobond' amidst acquisition of Good Energy shares
UK green energy supplier Ecotricity has continued to expand its influence in the renewable energy sector with the launch of its fourth "Ecobond", alongside news that it has acquired significant stakes in rival renewable energy supplier Good Energy.
CDP's Climate A List: Highlighting the business case for low-carbon commitments
Companies that feature in global disclosure organisation CDP's annual Climate A List - such as Sky, Apple, Tesco and Unilever - are producing 6% higher returns on average compared to other brands.
Britain's renewable attractiveness at all-time low
The UK has fallen to an all-time low in EY's table of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets due to Brexit uncertainty, the demise of DECC, and the approval of the Hinkley Point C power station.
Businesses must address 'internal disconnect' to deliver sustainability success
Sustainability and investor agendas are becoming increasingly intertwined, but gaps in knowledge and understanding are preventing companies and investors from sharpening their focus on long-term sustainable value creation, a new report has found.
Paris pathway paved with risk and opportunity for business, says CDP chief
EXCLUSIVE: "A story of risk and opportunity" is emerging for businesses that are yet to modify their operational plans to account for climate change and drive the transition to a "well-below two degrees" world, the chief executive of global disclosure organisation CDP has claimed.
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.
'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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.