• Kior raises IPO target, appoints Condi

    23 June 2011

    Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to join the board of biofuels company Kior, as the firm aims to raise more than $241 million in an initial public offering (IPO).

  • Evolving SRI field behind US SIF name change – Woll

    22 June 2011

    The decision to change the name of the US Social Investment Forum (US SIF) to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment reflects a broadening of the 'socially responsible investment' field, SIF president Lisa Woll told Environmental Finance.

  • Zouk raises €230m clean-tech fund, prepares infrastructure fund

    20 June 2011

    One of Europe's biggest clean technology funds reached a final close today, with €230 million ($300 million) committed.

  • Sustainability principles boost private equity returns - IFC

    20 June 2011

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has found applying sustainability criteria improves the financial returns of private equity investments.

  • US ethanol tax-break on the block

    17 June 2011

    US Senators have voted overwhelmingly to abolish a controversial tax break for corn ethanol.

  • PRI launches major review of reporting and assessment process

    17 June 2011

    The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is to carry out a "massive review" of its reporting and assessment process, to reflect evolving practices in responsible investment.

  • US ethanol tax break survives repeal effort

    16 June 2011

    Tax credits for ethanol production remain on the US statute books, after an effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the support mechanism failed.

  • Sustainability rating standard needed to 'avoid next BP' – Ceres, Tellus

    16 June 2011

    Investor coalition Ceres and the Tellus Institute have launched an initiative to develop a standardised corporate sustainability ratings – with the aim of "avoiding the next BP disaster".

  • Dump biofuels subsidies to stabilise food prices – report

    13 June 2011

    Government subsidies for biofuels should be scrapped to help ease pressure on global food prices, says a report by the UN, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

  • Connecticut lawmakers give thumbs up to green bank, bonds for energy retrofits

    09 June 2011

    Connecticut lawmakers have passed comprehensive energy legislation establishing the first state-level green bank in the US and allowing the creation of municipal bond programmes to pay for energy retrofits, albeit with a key modification to avoid the wrath of federal regulators.