• US biofuels stimulus package provides mixed relief for producers

    06 May 2009

    US ethanol producers praised efforts announced yesterday by President Barack Obama's administration to aid the struggling biofuels sector, but vowed to keep pushing to prevent the inclusion of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in the assessment of the environmental impacts of domestic ethanol production.

  • Sentiment improves for environmental sector

    01 May 2009

    Investors have strongly supported fund raisings by renewable energy and clean technology firms, bringing a boost to the sector which was hit hard in the market downturn. But the outlook remains highly uncertain, with more pain expected, analysts say.

  • Korea launches $130m green growth fund

    01 May 2009

    The Korean government is among the backers of a $130 million fund that will make private equity investments in companies globally that are hoping to stimulate green economic growth in Korea.

  • HSBC infrastructure fund makes first close

    01 May 2009

    HSBC has raised €117 million ($156 million) of a targeted €500 million into its Environmental Infrastructure Fund, which will invest in infrastructure development and construction, using proven technologies in renewable energy, water treatment and waste management.

  • Frog Capital funds leap to €100m

    01 May 2009

    Foursome Investments, an investment firm founded by the Engelhorn family, has rebranded itself as Frog Capital and raised its available funds to €100 million from €60 million. I

  • Crédit Agricole SRI fund to target clean-tech equities

    01 May 2009

    Crédit Agricole Asset Management (CAAM) has developed a socially responsible equity fund targeting promising clean-tech companies.

  • Asset4 aims to plug gaps in corporate carbon data

    01 May 2009

    Environmental and social data provider Asset4 has launched a product to help plug the gaps in the timeliness and completeness of corporate carbon disclosure.

  • Curzon Park acquires £20m VC fund

    01 May 2009

    UK venture capital (VC) firm Curzon Park Capital has taken over management of a £20 million fund that invests in clean-tech companies.

  • SEB sees more demand for World Bank climate bonds

    30 April 2009

    A third World Bank climate bond issue is in the wings, Environmental Finance has learned from the Swedish bank that has placed the previous two issues. And European investors are planning to buy further bonds once the currently high costs of swapping dollars with euros have fallen, according to Christopher Flensborg, a coordinator in SEB's capital markets team.

  • IFC to invest in growth-stage clean-tech firms

    30 April 2009

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is to begin lending to growth-stage clean technology companies as part of its efforts to promote environmentally sustainable businesses in developing economies.