Green Bonds Set for Another Record

Posted on Jan 29, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Green Bonds issuance is set to hit the US$300bn-a-year-mark following on from a record 2017, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

Last year saw US$155.5bn worth of issuances, beating earlier estimates by some US$30bn, and now Sean Kidney, the CBI's CEO, has made a bullish forecast for 2018.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Finance, Climate Bonds Initiative

China New Heart of Green Finance

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 1:27:12 PM

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.

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Topics: Investment, Carbon Trading, China, Social Responsibility

Coming Soon – the OPEN Investors Club

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 11:57:00 AM

Exciting news for all members of the OPEN Cleantech community – our brand new OPEN Investors Club is well on course for launch.

We are planning to give our investors an exclusive space to access the latest project news, including investment updates, videos and webinars featuring key information from cleantech companies and clean energy projects within the OPEN pipeline and portfolio, as well interviews with respected industry specialists.

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Topics: Investment, OPEN, Cleantech, Investors, Investors Club

Latin America set for Renewables Growth

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 12:09:00 PM

The presence of some of the world's best wind, solar and bio-fuel resources promises to rapidly accelerate growth of the renewable energy sector in Latin America in the coming years, according to industry commentators.

In fact, parts of the region have long relied on sustainable fuel and energy – bio-fuels and hydro power in countries such as Brazil and Costa Rica being notable examples.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Latin America

Green Bonds Enter Financial Mainstream

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 12:02:00 PM

The first six months of 2017 have seen a considerable rise in activity for sovereign green bonds, signifying that environmental finance is now firmly in the mainstream.

OPEN has recognised this growth potential since our inception, and is proud to have released the OPEN Cleantech Bond earlier this year, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Green Finance, Climate Bonds Initiative

OPEN Cleantech Equity Fund: Erasmus Award for Solarus

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 10:36:00 AM

OPEN Cleantech is delighted to announce that Solarus Sunpower has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking solar PowerCollector. Solarus is one of the exciting cleantech companies included in the OPEN Cleantech Equity Fund portfolio. 

The Dutch company was presented the Stedin Erasmus Energy Business Award 2017 at a ceremony held at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

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Topics: Investment, Solarus Sunpower, Clean Technology, Erasmus Award, Thermal/PV Solar

OPEN Cleantech Bond Is Truly Green

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 1:02:05 PM

As investment in Green Bonds continues its rapid rise, there has been some controversy over the exact definition– as we recently reported on Repsol's issuance of a €500 million bond.

Guidelines have been laid out in the Green Bond Principles, signed by 130 of the world’s largest banks and asset managers, designed to define the key characteristics of the financial products. However, standards are inconsistent across the globe.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Cleantech, Green Bond Principles

Institutional Investors See the Light when it comes to Green Energy

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 1:05:00 PM

A move towards green investments is set to continue apace as institutional investors seek to protect their portfolios from climate change risks.

Pension companies and other large investors are increasingly realising the advantages of protecting their investments from the ripple effects of volatile fossil fuel prices, as well as avoiding the risk of being left with stranded assets as the world moves towards a low-carbon future.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Green Bonds, Sustainability

$2bn Green Bond Fund to Fill Emerging Market Gap

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 11:55:01 AM

OPEN has long since understood the need for large scale investment in cleantech and renewable energy in order to attain a sustainable environment. This year has seen a huge boom in green bond sales as public demand increases rapidly.

European asset manager Amundi and the International Finance Corp (IFC), the private sector investment side of the World Bank, have joined forces to create the biggest green bond fund in the world aimed at low-carbon investments in emerging markets.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Investment, Green Bonds, Cleantech

How Carbon Efficient are the Financial Markets?

Posted on May 16, 2017 1:05:00 PM

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&PDJI) has followed on from the launch of its Green Bond Select Index by a scorecard on the carbon efficiency of companies within its major global markets.

Taken together the two initiatives can be viewed as confirmation of how environmental sensitivity is becoming a major consideration for institutional investors when deciding where to commit funds.

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Topics: Investment, Green Bonds, Sustainable Energy, Dow Jones, Green Bond Select Index

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