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The Business Case for Environmental Due Diligence

Conducting due diligence on the environmental and social practices of small and growing agricultural businesses yields financial benefits to lenders that partially or fully offset the costs involved, according to nonprofit agriculture lender Root Capital. The issue brief is the first in Root Capital’s new Issue Brief Series, supported by … Read more »

10 Steps to Water Sector Revitalization

10 Steps to Water Sector Revitalization

Water scarcity, aging infrastructure, climate volatility, water quality issues and rising water-related energy risks are increasing the need for action in the US water sector, an Ernst & Young Global Cleantech Center whitepaper says. Additionally, decaying infrastructure and the related funding gap remain unresolved. Hopes for the US water sector … Read more »

Why Saving Nature is the ‘Smartest Business Investment’

Why Saving Nature is the ‘Smartest Business Investment’

The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin talks with Mark Tercek, the president of The Nature Conservancy and co-author of “Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature,” about the case for a profit motive in conserving the environment at an event organized by the Aspen Institute.

GM Invests $332m for Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

General Motors has said it will invest about $332 million in four manufacturing sites to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions. The investments at plants in Flint and Bay City, Mich., Toledo, Ohio, and Bedford, Ind. will support production of a new Ecotec small gas engine, a new V6 engine, … Read more »

Cleantech to ‘Backtrack’ in 2013, Kachan Predicts

Global cleantech will “backtrack” in 2013, with venture capital investments declining even further than it did in 2012 and long-term risks emerging in the solar, wind and electric vehicle market, forecasts consulting and analysis firm Kachan & Co. The company’s latest annual predictions say cleantech venture capital investment won’t ever … Read more »

Northern Trust, MSCI Create Custom ESG Indices

Northern Trust has partnered with investment decision tools company MSCI to give more environmentally and socially responsible investing options to the investment management company’s clients. Under the agreement, Northern Trust will use MSCI’s environmental, social and governance research, ratings and screening tools to provide customizable ESG portfolios. Northern Trust clients looking to integrate … Read more »

Wells Fargo Targets 35% GHG Cut, $30bn in Green Investments

Wells Fargo is targeting a 40 percent increase in its energy efficiency, 35 percent cut to absolute greenhouse gas emissions, and $30 billion in loans and investments to support a “greener” economy, all by 2020, the company announced. The GHG goal, which uses a 2008 baseline, revises the company’s previous … Read more »

Clean Energy Records Lowest Quarter of Investment Since 2009

After clocking up a record in 2011, new financial investment in clean energy in Q1 2012 was the weakest since the depths of the financial crisis in Q1 2009, according to analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. New financial investment was down 28 percent from Q4 2011 to just $27bn; … Read more »

Utility Asks for 15% Rate Hike; Efficiency Spend to Double

Utility Ameren Missouri is planning a 14.6 percent rate hike next year to reimburse investments in renewable energy, efficiency and reliability. The subsidiary of Ameren Corporation filed an electric rate increase request with the Missouri Public Service Commission, saying the $376 million increase is needed to cover investments as well … Read more »

Frito-Lay Asks Town for $600k to Aid Water Efficiency, Automation

Frito-Lay is asking the town of Vancouver, Wash., for $585,000 in water bill credits over three years, to enable its local plant to make $15 million to $25 million in investments, The (Clark County, Wash.) Columbian reports. The company says the investments will include water efficiency projects as well as … Read more »

NJ in Top Global Solar Spot – But Not for Long

NJ in Top Global Solar Spot – But Not for Long

New Jersey is the top global location for investors in solar power but will soon begin to suffer the effects of dramatic oversupply, according to a report by Lux Research. The Solar Demand Forecaster found that in Q2 2011, New Jersey offered the highest internal rate of return (IRR) out … Read more »

Global Green Investment Tops $2.4tn

Global Green Investment Tops $2.4tn

Global private sector investment in green companies and technologies from 2007 to Q2 2011 totals more than $2.4 trillion, according to Ethical Markets Media’s Green Transition Scoreboard. The Green Transition Scoreboard also anticipates green investments and commitments of $1 trillion annually until 2020. Compared to the 2010 findings, global investors are slightly … Read more »