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Aug
25
2010

Investor Briefing - Market trends and technology developments in solar energy investments
#Environment

Our subsidiary environmental consultancy, Forbury Environmental are delighted to announce that we are hosting our first environmental investor briefing with Rushlight; an evening that focuses on analysing the market trends and technology developments in the solar sector....

Aug
09
2010

Relative performance of environmental indices
#Environment

As investor awareness of climate change and environmental concerns has risen, there has been a concerted move to more responsible investing principles....

Aug
09
2010

Investing in capital intensive industries
#Environment

The last UK government often stated that to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy, the UK needed a trinity of solutions. The trinity consisted of renewables (mostly wind power), nuclear and carbon capture and storage (CCS). There has been a huge amount of money invested into renewables. Although there are significant costs, the returns on investment are commercially attractive....

Aug
09
2010

The environmental ugly duckling: water
#Environment

An often dismissed subject, which also ties into the theme of climate change, is water. Water is essential to every aspect of life, from growing food to industrial production and basic human survival. Yet the dire state and outlook of the world`s current freshwater resources seems to be overlooked in favour of carbon emissions....

Aug
09
2010

Internalisation makes developing countries more attractive
#Environment

Investments in the realm of climate change tend to be focussed mainly on financial returns - not surprising as the very nature of an investment is to make a return. However, there is an increasing need to focus on the social and environmental benefits along with the financial benefits as climate change-related impacts begin to affect all aspects of society....

Jun
08
2010

Greening the built environment
#Environment

The built environment contributes a significant proportion of total global emissions. In fact, 45% of UK carbon emissions are attributed to the built environment. It is worth noting that 80% of the buildings that will house us in 2050 have already been built today. Investment into the greening of real estate via retrofits and increase in energy efficiency will play a significant role in achieving the carbon emissions targets, now mandated by UK law, in an economically efficient and technically simple manner. As an investment asset class though, green real estate has yet to receive the investment needed to achieve such targets, though the tide seems to be slowly turning....

Jun
08
2010

Financing a Green Investment Bank
#Environment

All three main political parties included in their manifesto pledges, the creation and support of a Green Investment Bank (GIB), in order to help finance the transition to a low carbon economy. The parties differed on the exact role of the bank, with Labour favouring an infrastructure funding institution and the Conservatives opting for early-stage start-up investing. In reality, a mixture will be required and it seems that other funding bodies such The Carbon Trust and Infrastructure UK may be amalgamated into the GIB, to avoid duplication of roles....

Jun
08
2010

Mechanisms to increase environmental investment: feed in tariffs
#Environment

In April 2010, the UK government introduced a feed in tariff (FIT) to encourage microgeneration from renewable sources. This follows a long lobbying campaign from environmental groups and investors, who see FITs as a vital way to encourage investment in smaller scale clean energy technologies. This is backed up with evidence from Germany and Spain, where FITs have been in place for many years and have incentivised large domestic consumer uptake, and created new business opportunities. The government sees the introduction of a FIT as a method of encouraging domestic and commercial consumers to produce their own energy, thereby reducing total demand on the grid, and helping meet our renewable energy targets....

Jun
08
2010

Cleantech investment opportunities ideal for pensions
#Environment

The nascency of the environmental technology sector has, not surprisingly, resulted in much focus on early stage investments predominantly in the realm of angel, venture capital, and smaller private equity investments, all of whom are looking to make returns in the short to medium term. It is surprising then, that the long term nature of the climate change problem and the necessary paradigm shift in investment has not fully penetrated the world of pension fund investments. By their very nature, and similar to many climate change-related investment opportunities, pension funds must strategise for the long term....

Apr
20
2010

EIN Survey of Election Manifestos
#Environment

The EIC Environmental Investment Network, Clarkslegal`s partnership with The Environmental Industries Commission has just completed a survey of the policies proposed by each of the three major political parties prior to the 2010 General Election....

Apr
01
2010

Government technology strategy shifting to hands-on approach
#Environment

It has long been the policy of the UK government that the market should be self regulating, with as little intervention as possible. This has also been true in supporting innovation in the environmental sector, although there are hints that this policy is starting to change. By contrast the US government has, through its federal stimulus and ARPA-E program, channelled millions of dollars into environmental start-ups. So much so that recently John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, stated that the government was now his favourite co-investor. Whilst government stimulus has undoubtedly supported many companies that were starved of credit as banks tried to counter the financial downturn, it has also skewed the market considerably....

Apr
01
2010

Budget 2010: Government announces £2bn Green Investment Bank
#Environment

Amongst other environmental measures, the star feature of the 2010 budget is the announcement of a £2bn Green Investment Bank (GIB). The environmental measures announced in the 2010 budget include:...

Apr
01
2010

EU Emissions Trading Scheme underperforming?
#Environment

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), established in 2005 to accelerate climate change abatement by facilitating investment in environmental technologies, has underperformed in delivering its objectives due to instability of, and relatively low, carbon prices. This has resulted in inadequate investment being channelled into environmental technologies and services, an originally intended by-product of the scheme....

Apr
01
2010

2010 expected to be rebound year
#Environment

2010 looks to be a year of recovery for the global cleantech market. Both the public and private sectors are beginning to realise the potentially lucrative market opportunities that cleantech has to offer in the medium to long term....

Feb
18
2010

The Welsh Assembly has been given new law-making powers in relation to the environment.
#Environment

The Environment Legislative Competence Order (LCO), which has now gained royal approval, confers a right on the Assembly to issue primary legislation (known as Assembly Measures) in the areas of waste, pollution and nuisances. The stated policy areas on which the Senedd will be concentrating are:...

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