• Carlyle to develop ESG metrics for private equity investments

    13 January 2011

    Private equity giant Carlyle plans to develop a set of metrics to measure the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of its portfolio companies.

  • Clean energy sees record $243bn investment in 2010

    12 January 2011

    Global investment in clean energy reached a record of $243 billion in 2010, a 30% increase on 2009 levels, according to research house Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

  • Venture capitalists close record number of clean technology deals

    12 January 2011

    Venture capital (VC) firms invested $7.8 billion in clean-tech firms in 2010, up 28% year-on-year, according to figures from the Cleantech Group. The California-based research and advisory firm tracked 715 deals last year, across North America, Europe, China and India, an annual record.

  • Qantas eyes jet biofuel from waste facility

    06 January 2011

    Australian airline Qantas is in talks with US biofuel company Solena with a view to building a facility in Sydney to produce jet fuel from organic waste.

  • Clean-tech stock pickers look to energy efficiency again in 2011

    06 January 2011

    Analysts and investors predict last year's gloom for clean-tech stocks will continue in 2011, with few expectations that renewable energy share prices will recover – but energy efficiency is once again tipped to outperform.

  • US clean energy target to include nuclear, clean coal?

    16 December 2010

    The next US Congress has its sights on a clean energy standard (CES) that includes clean coal and new nuclear technology rather than a federal renewable electricity standard (RES), a shift that Barack Obama's administration seems willing to embrace.

  • Investors warned on risky unconventional fossil fuels

    16 December 2010

    Investors must scrutinise the significant risks associated with production of unconventional fossil fuel sources such as oil shale and coal-to-liquids (CTL), according to a report commissioned by Ceres.

  • UK overhauls electricity markets, clean energy subsidies

    16 December 2010

    The UK government today announced plans to overhaul the country's electricity market, introducing feed-in tariffs for clean energy generation and supporting carbon prices.

  • UK spending review 'hit clean-tech confidence' – report

    16 December 2010

    The UK's recent comprehensive spending review (CSR) has dented confidence within the UK's clean technology sector, despite being perceived by many as positive for environmental technologies, according to consultancy Ernst & Young.

  • CCS project for sale as coal company hits skids

    16 December 2010

    The UK's carbon capture and storage (CCS) ambitions have received a blow after funding problems forced the developer of a major CCS project into administration.