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

Floating Islands to Save South Sea Communities from Climate Change?

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 3:07:00 PM

Plans for self-contained floating island communities immune to rising sea levels in the South Pacific have moved a step forward.

The idea is to develop a concept of totally self-reliant (in terms of energy) villages powered by solar that will benefit from superb locations with the security of knowing expected rises in sea levels will not leave them submerged.

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Topics: Sustainable Energy, Pacific, The Southsteading Institute, Floating Islands, French Polynesia

The Power of God: Ancient Cathedral Turns to Solar

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 8:48:00 AM

Known for more than a millennia for its majestic grandeur and beauty Gloucester Cathedral also had another less welcome reputation – one of being something of a money pit when it comes to power bills.

This is set to change now that the cathedral, which has been a place of worship for over 1300 years, has installed a 38KW solar PV system on the building's vast roof – a move that is expected to slash 25% from the electricity bill.

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Topics: Solar Energy, Sustainable Energy, Cathedral

Green Bonds Hitting New Highs as the World Turns to a Sustainable Future

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 1:19:00 PM

The global green bond market is forging ahead with an unprecedented total of US $26.1 billion issuance in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016.

Up until the end of September green bond volume reached US $63.2 billion, according to Moody's Investors Services, with a record annual total of US $80 billion now being predicted by the respected credit ratings agency.

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Topics: Climate Change, Green Bonds, Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Future for the World's Most Isolated Community

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 2:50:00 PM

What has been dubbed the world's most remote community is about to be given a sustainable future that could provide a blueprint for other isolated villages around the globe.

Tristan da Cunha is about as isolated it can be, relying on the sea to haul in everything that cannot be produced on the South Atlantic island itself.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Wind Farms, Tristan da Cunha, Sustainable Energy

Solar Powered Tuk Tuk Completes Epic Bangalore to London Journey

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 2:45:00 PM

An adventurous engineer has completed a 10,000 km journey from Bangalore in India to London in an auto-rickshaw he converted to solar power.

Indian born Australian citizen Naveen Rabelli, 35, drove through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland and Germany without incident, but ended up arriving in the UK five days late when his passport was stolen in Paris and he had to apply for emergency documents.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Green Energy, Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy

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