• 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.

  • UK set to unveil bioenergy sustainability policy

    08 April 2009

    The UK's Environment Agency (EA) will in a fortnight unveil its policy on the greenhouse gas emissions produced by bioenergy in its full life-cycle, from the growing of feedstock crops to consumption.

  • ESG applied to $300 billion of investment in emerging markets

    02 April 2009

    More than $300 billion is invested in 'sustainable' emerging market funds, or mainstream funds which have promised to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis into their investment process, according to the first survey of the sector, commissioned by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

  • Clean-tech and energy investment halves in first quarter

    02 April 2009

    Investment in clean technology and clean energy plummeted in the first quarter of 2009, according to figures published this week.