Investors prioritise solutions to environmental and social challenges above profit, according to a recent survey* by global investment manager Schroders.
When asked whether sustainability was a more important factor now than it was five years ago when considering potential investments, some 78% of the 22,100 investors in 30 countries questioned said it is, with as many as 81% in the Americas and 80% in Asia.
Renewable energy accounted for nearly two thirds of net new power capacity around the world last year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Almost 165 GW of new renewable capacity came online in 2016 — a record — with a huge rise in Solar PV in China leading the way.
China has established itself as a strong market presence in energy finance, and emphasis is increasingly being put on socially responsible investment.
As countries in Asia, particularly China, set ever more ambitious climate change and pollution reduction targets, the financial sector is starting to readjust for a new reality, where the environmental impact of investments is now a key factor.
Six children from the fire-struck Portuguese region of Leira are taking the battle against climate change into the courtrooms of Europe.
The children, aged between 5 and 14, saw their home region burn as Portugal's worst every forest fires swept across tinder-dry land, killing more than 60 people.
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A Dutch designer is pioneering a way of turning landfill waste into a useful and sustainable material.
Inge Sluijs's technique – which involves blasting junk with super-heated plasma — if taken up more widely could offer a solution to a host of environmental problems associated with buried rubbish.
More than 300 of the biggest brands in the world have committed themselves to set emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative.
This year alone, more than 90 companies have signed up to the programme, with global names including Adobe, NIKE, Merck and Telefónica joining in the initiative ahead of Climate Week in New York.
Scientists are taking a lead from nature as they explore ways to eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere.
Labs around the world are searching for a method to use photosynthesis to produce fuels using little more than sunlight and the CO2.
Confectionary giant Mars Inc. has pledged to spend US$1 billion on a new initiative aiming to tackle climate change and poverty, and improve well-being of staff and local communities within in its supply chain.
France is continuing to take a lead in combatting climate change by introducing legislation to ban the exploration for, and exploitation of, oil and gas within its territory, both at home and overseas.
Three UK offshore windfarm projects have won subsidy auctions to secure a guaranteed price as low as £57.50 MWh, leading to calls for a rethink on the government's nuclear policy