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Entrepreneurs as change agents of sustainable development

With the UN Millennium Development Goals, followed by the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, entrepreneurship emerged as a key factor in generating economic value and making a positive impact both from a social and environmental standpoint.

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Life after Brexit: the UK economy needs a strong environmental watchdog

The limitations of the UK government’s recent consultation on environmental governance after Brexit show that the misperception that regulations are bad for growth still stands in the way of good environmental policymaking, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

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How a conservative thinks about climate change: An insider’s account

To understand how conservative leaders think about climate change, I had an intriguing conversation with John Gummer, or perhaps better known as Lord Deben of the UK's House of Lords. Lord Deben is a blue-blooded conservative from the beginning. As he says it, “I believe firmly in the ability of the marketplace to solve most problems, given the proper foundation in economic and scientific truth. And we have this obligation to our children and subsequent generations.”

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Let there be (sun)light

The business case for the 2°C climate target

A reliable carbon price increases corporations’ (that embrace it) competitiveness and helps prepare for the post-carbon economy that we are inexorably marching towards.

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Unlocking green infrastructure investment

Green infrastructure investment isn’t happening at the speed and scale needed to meet the UK’s policy goals. UK government must intervene now to unlock private-sector investment, via long-term commitment, strategic public spending and issuance of a sovereign green bond, argues Alex White, senior policy officer at the Aldersgate Group.

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The story of ESG

Despite growing focus on the value of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data in our marketplace, we are only at the beginning of the beginning of how this traditionally “non-financial” data will matter. At the end of this process, it will cease to exist as something separate from financial reporting, and we will look back on the journey and wonder at the flat-earth nature of where we were. Here is how I see the timeline.

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Cape Town’s water crisis shows the reality for cities on the front line of climate change

As Day Zero nears, the water shortages of drought-stricken Cape Town are a wake-up call to other vulnerable cities, says Benjamin Curnier, Africa director of The Carbon Trust

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Blending capital to fill the ocean’s fisheries finance gap

Overfishing is one of the world’s persistent environmental challenges. It results in fewer fish in the sea, less food on plates and ultimately decreased jobs along our coasts. For these reasons, global leaders agreed to the target to end overfishing as part of goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Experience to date has shown that this target can be met (albeit not likely by the 2020 target date), but it will cost money.

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Being competitive in a low-carbon world

UK industry pays more for its electricity than counterparts in France and Germany for various reasons. Delivering more competitive power prices will require the UK government to make some important decisions on the future of onshore wind, the structure of the power market and its desired outcome from the Brexit negotiations, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

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