• Private equity investors urged to step up on climate change

    04 March 2010

    Private equity investors are the target of a guide on the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, issued this week by the London-based Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).

  • US biofuels industry applauds RFS rule

    01 March 2010

    The embattled ethanol industry got a major boost from the US government in February with the publication of the final Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) rule, which clarifies biofuels targets, and which is expected to encourage investment in the sector.

  • WestLB unveils lending policy on coal-fired power plants

    01 March 2010

    WestLB, one of the largest lenders to the energy sector, has published what is understood to be a first-of-its-kind environmental policy for private sector lending to coal-fired power plants – requiring that they be ready to fit carbon capture and storage equipment and meet high efficiency standards.

  • Most firms ignore investors' forest info request

    01 March 2010

    An investor-led effort to urge companies to disclose their 'forest footprint' has published its first report, with 35 firms responding.

  • Companies not satisfying thirst for water reporting

    01 March 2010

    One hundred water-dependent firms have been chastised by investors for weak disclosure of their exposure to water risks.

  • Sustainability toolkit launched for forest financing

    01 March 2010

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and PricewaterhouseCoopers have developed a free toolkit to help financiers in forestry projects to ensure their money is invested in operations that are sustainable and legal.

  • Shell bets big on biofuels

    01 March 2010

    Shell has announced a planned $12 billion joint venture (JV) with Brazilian ethanol giant Cosan, to combine some of their existing Brazilian assets.

  • Funds digest

    01 March 2010

    Fortis eyeing new investors for $1.2bn China green fund; Hermes makes first close on UK clean-tech fund; CCC closes sustainable property fund at £69m

  • CCC closes sustainable property fund at £69m

    11 February 2010

    Climate Change Capital (CCC), a low-carbon asset manager and adviser, closed its UK sustainable property fund this week at almost £69 million ($108 million).

  • Analysts applaud Shell's Cosan biofuels bet

    04 February 2010

    Investment analysts have responded positively to Shell's planned $12 billion joint venture (JV) with Brazilian ethanol giant Cosan, predicting it could help push Brazilian ethanol into world markets.