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Solar Energy Finance Association emerges on the scene

Shutterstock ART1ART Can this new group help to roll out a blueprint for new solar finance models? by Lea Lupkin What is hindering the availability of public capital and financing options for distributed solar? To some in structured finance, it seems like a great fit: Solar assets produce reliable cash flows, backed …

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States turning to green banks to finance renewables

GreenBizPhotocollage by Mike Hower The United States renewable energy sector has long-benefited from public policies at federal, state and local levels, which have provided everything from direct investment in solar and wind projects to tax credits that help homeowners and businesses to “go solar.” Thanks in large part to this support, …

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Businesses to Help Finance Sustainable Development

Image Credit: Wikimedia by Mike Hower Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the corporate community “to be our partners in supporting and financing this agenda” at a global conference on financing for development. The International Business Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was tasked with finding resources for a 17-point, …

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10 steps to a ‘new climate economy’

Shutterstock faithie Drastically cutting carbon emissions seems like a daunting prospect, but a new report outlines 10 concrete strategies to do just that. by Jessica Shankleman The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate this week launched a major report outlining key actions that governments and businesses can embrace to help the world …

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Merrill Lynch Says Money is the Root of All Good, Creates Sustainable Impact Portfolios

by Renee Farris As conscientious consumers, we vote with our dollars. We buy hybrid cars, organic and local food, unbleached toilet paper, soap without microbeads, and Warby Parker glasses. We wish we could make a bigger impact in the world, but we do what we can. What if I told …

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How to Obtain Finance For Greener Buildings: Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector

The property sector has recently received significant attention related to climate change and sustainability efforts, and rightfully so. Contributing one-third of global carbon emissions and consuming 40% of global energy and resources, 25% of water and 60% of electricity (in Europe and the US, this is even over 80%), the …

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4 ways to invest in the low-carbon economy

By PETER SOPHER Citigroup Inc. recently pledged $100 billion for lending, investing, and facilitating deals related to sustainability, renewable energy,  and climate change mitigation. This is yet another sign that global capital markets are enormously interested in delivering capital into clean, renewable sources of energy. But you don’t have to …

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Bank of America Commits Another $600 Million for Second Green Bond

Image credit: Impact Alpha by Caitlin Kauffman On Thursday, Bank of America Corporation announced that it has issued its second green bond for $600 million in aggregate principal amount, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting a low-carbon economy by advancing renewable energy and promoting energy efficiency. The bond …

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Climate change and the rise of the ‘advocacy investor’

Shutterstock retrorocket Sustainability advocates are trying to make their voice heard in company boardrooms via shareholder proposals by Keith Larsen For some capital market watchers, the term “activist investor” may bring to mind corporate raiders such as Carl Icahn or Bill Ackman. That’s why Andrew Behar, CEO of the nonprofit As You …

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New Circularity Indicators Enable Companies to Assess Products in Context of Circular Economy

Image credit: Pinterest by Sustainable Brands The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design have launched new indicators which, for the first time, enable companies to assess how well a product or company performs in the context of a circular economy. The new Circularity Indicators measure the extent to which the material flows …

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