Archive for the ‘Change for Good’ Category
Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone magazine: “We’re not breaking records anymore; we’re breaking the planet. In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis. They’ll just ask, “So the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?” Here’s the good news: We’ll at least be able to say we fought.” (more…)
Phil Drew in the Guardian: “The power of net positive is the clarity and boldness of the vision, encouraging companies to look more outwardly, far beyond the horizon of their own immediate impacts: Kingfisher and IKEA aim to create more forest than they use in product; Coca Cola aims to return as much water to nature as it uses in its products and their production; BT wants to help consumers cut carbon by at least three times the full carbon impact of its business by offering greener products.” (more…)
Byluftlisten: “The City Air List (Byluftlisten) in the Bergen City Council on March 22, 2013 submitted a proposal to sell the city pension fund’s holdings in companies with significant fossil fuel reserves. The «unburnable» carbon risk consists in significant portions of such holdings becoming worthless if global climate policy succeeds.” (more…)
IPE: “Lancashire County Pension Fund has invested £12m (€14m) in a community owned solar power plant in Oxfordshire, a commitment the scheme’s chair described as “worthwhile and sustainable”. The £4.6bn fund for the English county will provide £12m to refinance the project’s cost, with the Westmill Solar Cooperative repaying the loan by 2037.” (more…)
My presentation to Enova 2013 in Trondheim, posted on You-Tube, professionally edited, on the same day as the impressively organised conference. The part in English starts 1 minute in.
A young film maker wanted to make a film on the democratisation of energy, and we decided to help him at Solarcentury. This film is what he came up with.
Guardian: “Australia’s heatwave set a new high of almost 50C as authorities warned that large uncontrolled bushfires would continue to threaten areas in the south-east of the country.” (more…)
Guardian: “Since the onset of the economic downturn five years ago, the value of ethical markets from Fairtrade products and green energy to free-range and sustainable food has grown from £35.5bn to £47.2bn, according to a report produced by the Co-operative Bank. The annual ethical consumer markets report shows that sales in the sector have grown from £13.5bn in 1999.”
UK Fundraising: This “follows its first successful crowdfunding campaign in September this year in which it raised $10,000 in four weeks from 86 individuals. This time SolarAid seeking funding for $20,000 to help buy solar lights that can be used by families who burn kerosene or candles for lighting. (more…)
Climate Bonds Initiative: “The £6 bn Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has bought up as a private placement the first ever UK publicly-listed solar bond, a £40m ($64m), 24 year bond linked to two 5 MWh solar plants in Somerset owned by Solar Power Generation.” (more…)
Cleantech Finance: “As the SEC continues to develop the rules and regulations regarding debt and equity based crowdfunding, many in the industry are trying to help entrepreneurs get ready for the changes. For those that have developed projects for donation based platforms such as Kickstarter and Rockethub it will be important to become educated on the complex process for debt and equity based projects. …..Within the cleantech sector, there is potential for companies and entrepreneurs to take full advantage of debt and equity based crowdfunding.”