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Green Finance: Making the Transition to a Climate-Resilient Future

Green finance is the financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development. It includes all forms of investment, both debt and equity, which protect the environment, conserve natural resources and help mitigate or adapt to a changing climate. It is used in the implementation of ‘green’ infrastructure plans which aid in delivering energy security and other productivity increasing measures such as improved human health.
 

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Clean Growth Strategy: an important milestone for the UK economy

By showing cross-government commitment to growing low-carbon investments and setting out measures to cut emissions across the UK economy, the Clean Growth Strategy sends a clear signal to the business community. Detailed policies in areas such as energy efficiency in buildings will now be essential to ensure private-sector investment is significantly increased and UK climate targets are met.

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Green Fintech Catapult

The low-carbon economy is taking off

Recent developments in the offshore wind and car manufacturing industries show that the low carbon economy is well and truly taking off. Clear policy direction, stable investment mechanisms and joined up policy making will be essential to allow the private sector to keep on innovating and slash the cost of low carbon technologies argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group

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Meeting the SDGs: A global movement gains momentum

Meeting the SDGs: A global movement gains momentum is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that explores progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015 more than 190 countries agreed to prioritise these 17 UN-backed goals as national targets. These objectives include improving education, economic growth, gender equality, infrastructure, health and industrial innovation.

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The environment and Brexit: to be handled with care

To have world class environmental legislation after Brexit, the UK government will have to preserve the effectiveness of EU-derived laws through its Repeal Bill whilst simultaneously pushing through a bold new environmental policy agenda, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

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The era of the “clean car” is getting closer

Beyond the growth of renewable technologies in the power sector, significant technological and corporate changes are also afoot in the car industry. If accompanied by innovative and holistic policies, these could make an important dent in road transport emissions, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

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Despite the best of intentions green ‘use of proceeds’ bonds are a distraction and a false hope

Debt capital markets, particularly bond markets, will play a critical role in financing large parts of the transition to global environmental sustainability.

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Harnessing infrastructure to drive urban renewal and social change

Q&A with Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil and governor of Paraná

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Macron’s electoral success can re-energise the EU’s climate policy

Emmanuel Macron's success in the recent parliamentary election could result in a much bolder low carbon policy in France and the rest of the EU, argues Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group.

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