• 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.

  • Clean-tech angel investors launch 'network of networks'

    30 April 2009

    Three angel investors have launched a 'network of networks' aimed at boosting the profile of very early-stage investment in clean-tech firms.

  • Ethanol sector unites against California's land-use ruling on emissions

    29 April 2009

    Ethanol supporters sharply criticised what they perceive to be unfair treatment of biofuels in California's controversial, new low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) adopted last week.

  • Financial sector lagging badly on ESG – EIRIS

    23 April 2009

    The financial sector is the worst performer in terms of managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, and has shown the least improvement over the last three years, according to a study from Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS).

  • Industry gives cautious welcome to UK report on emissions from biomass

    22 April 2009

    Industry has given a qualified welcome to a report from the UK's Environment Agency that calls on the government to consider setting minimum standards for greenhouse gas emissions from biomass projects.

  • Aventine partly blames biofuel blending credits for bankruptcy

    15 April 2009

    US ethanol producer Aventine Renewable Energy claimed that the increased use by fuel refiners and blenders of excess tradeable biofuel credits to meet their blending targets had helped to push it into Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.

  • E.Capital Partners launches water index

    09 April 2009

    E. Capital Partners has launched an environmentally-screened index to track global water stocks "best positioned to capture the opportunities arising from the challenges of the declining water availability".

  • Norwegian fund proposes $3 billion green investments

    09 April 2009

    Norway's finance minister had proposed that the government's $39 billion pension fund allocates $3 billion to sustainable investments – potentially the largest such allocation ever made.

  • Investors eye forestry, water opportunities in tough markets

    09 April 2009

    US investors have deserted the green investment space, according to analysts and investors speaking at a recent environmental markets conference in New York.

  • No clean-tech rally before 2010 – BoA

    09 April 2009

    Investors hoping that clean technology will be able to beat the market in 2009 look to be disappointed, Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch (BAS-ML) said this week. Delays in the implementation of the stimulus package and wider market trends mean it will be 2010-11 before business improves, it said in a research note.