• PRI urges investors to step up on climate

    01 June 2009

    Investors must not wait for policy-makers to encourage them to act on the threat of climate change, according to a report by an investor coalition.

  • Osmosis plans €200m PE fund

    01 June 2009

    Osmosis Capital is understood to be aiming to raise €200 million ($279 million) into a low-carbon technology private equity fund of funds.

  • Clean-Tech VC Plummets - Ernst & Young

    01 June 2009

    US venture capital (VC) investment in clean technology firms dropped 63% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period last year, according to Ernst & Young.

  • New fund manager aiming for €200m enviro fund-of-funds

    28 May 2009

    A recently launched fund manager claiming "depth and breadth" in experience is understood to be hoping to raise €200 million ($279 million) into a low-carbon technology private equity fund of funds.

  • Brazil boosts biodiesel blending requirement to 4%

    27 May 2009

    Biodiesel producers in Brazil cheered the government's decision last week to increase the compulsory biodiesel blend from 3% (B3) to 4% of diesel fuel, beginning on 1 July.

  • Investors call for stronger carbon market

    21 May 2009

    An alliance of institutional investors managing €4 trillion in assets has called for carbon markets to be strengthened and broadened – but is also calling for alternative policies to attract climate-related investments in developing countries.

  • Biopetrol chief slams German government for bringing biodiesel sector low

    20 May 2009

    The chief executive of biodiesel producer Biopetrol Industries launched a stinging attack on Germany's politicians – including the Chancellor Angela Merkel – for almost destroying the country's biodiesel sector through double standards, egoism, bowing to special interests and politicking.

  • VC investment in clean-tech plummets – Ernst & Young

    14 May 2009

    The economic gloom caused a significant drop in US venture capital (VC) investment in clean technology firms in the first quarter of 2009, according to Ernst & Young.

  • REG merges with single-plant biodiesel producers

    13 May 2009

    US company Renewable Energy Group (REG) has announced a plan to merge with three commercial-scale biodiesel plants in a move designed to better position the company to meet higher demand.

  • Real estate fund managers link sustainability and returns

    07 May 2009

    A resounding 95% of real estate fund managers believe there is a relationship between environmental performance and financial returns, according to a survey of UK and European property funds. However, "the majority felt this [relationship] was difficult to quantify at the current time," said Aviva Investors, sponsors of the survey along with the Environment Agency Pension Fund.