Scaling up clean-tech

As head of Citi's clean-tech private equity unit, Andrew de Pass has $2 billion of the bank's capital to invest. He tells Mark Nicholls how he plans to deploy it

The ramifications of REACH

The effects of the EU's new chemicals legislation will be felt more widely than many might expect. Francois Dauphin considers the compliance and investment challenge posed by Reach

Investors question EU trading

The European Commission is due in January to unveil ­proposals for 'burden-sharing' arrangements to meet its EU-wide renewable energy target. But the prospect that this may involve renewable energy trading is being met with caution by investors, as Kirsty Hamilton reports

All at sea?

The UK has the potential to become a world leader in the nascent wave and tidal power sectors – if the right support framework is put in place, says James Vaccaro

Putting billions to work for wetlands

A proposed new regulatory framework could turn wetland banking in the US into a multi-billion-dollar market. But might a gold rush undermine its environmental effectiveness? Alice Kenny reports

What could go wrong?

The nascent clean energy sector is booming. But is investor enthusiasm overdone? Morgan Stanley's David Edwards looks at the lessons to be learnt from the biotech and internet bubbles

Banks warm to the climate issue

Climate change may present the banking sector with new risks of its own to manage, but it also offers a whole new suite of products to help others manage theirs. Natalia Gorina looks at how banks are tapping into a new market

Looking beyond Bali

Negotiators depart for the UN climate talks in Bali in a few weeks with, arguably, more pressure upon them than at any time in the 10 years since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in Japan. They are charged with putting a road-map in place for negotiations on a successor agreement to Kyoto – with a deal to be agreed by the end of 2009, leaving sufficient time for it to be ratified before the current emission targets expire in 2012.

EDF EN looks beyond wind

Strong growth in its wind energy portfolio is driving ­profitability at EDF Energies Nouvelles. But the French group is looking to solar and, more cautiously, to biofuels, reports Philippa Jones

Plugging in to emission reductions

Hybrid cars are taking off, promising substantial emission reductions over their conventional equivalents. Plug-in hybrids represent the next step, says David Sandalow