Today’s edition focuses on strategies investors can put into place to boost their environmental impact. And it pays! Not only in terms of climate, but also in returns. 

Quote of the day 

 “Sustainability is becoming just the way business is done.”

Dave Chen, founder of  Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., in the Huffington Post’s story Shhh! Don’t Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets

Lead stories 

Green groups accuse EU shale gas panel of fracking lobby takeover 
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
Environmentalists have walked out of an influential EU shale gas group, which they say has been taken over by industry groups who are using it as a platform to promote fracking.  

China’s corporates urged to adopt green energy 
Chinese companies are being encouraged to join a global initiative to help businesses adopt renewable energy. 

Dems blast bill to block climate rule 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill 
‘Misguided and Unfortunate’: That’s Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D-N.J.) assessment of the GOP’s bill intended to fight the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rule.  

Shhh! Don’t Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets
By David Bank – The Huffington Post (blog)
Dave Chen and his team at Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., don’t generally pitch pension funds and other institutional investors on the firm’s thesis that environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive operational efficiencies, reduced risk and above-market, or ‘alpha,’ returns.  

4 Ways To Invest In The Low-Carbon Economy 

Interprovincial climate summit reveals rifts in Canada’s carbon strategy 
By Adrian Morrow – The Globe and Mail
An interprovincial climate summit has laid bare the rifts in the nation’s strategy for fighting global warming. 
***LB: Also in this story “While Ontario and Quebec urged tough action to slash the country’s carbon emissions, Saskatchewan argued this would amount to mere “playing on the margins” if other countries don’t drive down emissions from coal. Oil-rich Alberta, meanwhile, was largely absent from the equation amid a provincial election campaign, leaving a question mark over reductions from the emissions-intensive oil sands.”


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA


This cement alternative absorbs CO2 like a sponge
By Kathleen McCleery – PBS 
Cement has been called the foundation of modern civilization, the stuff of highways, bridges, sidewalks and buildings of all sizes. But its production comes with a huge carbon footprint.

A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260.

Natural gas / coal

German backlash grows against coal power clampdown 
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
German energy companies say that construction of over half the country’s planned power plants could be scuppered if the country goes ahead with a leaked plan to set emissions budgets for the country’s biggest polluters.  

Coal Is Dying and It’s Never Coming Back 
By Tim McDonnell – Mother Jones 
Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number. 


(Australia’s) Big energy companies operating behind ‘smokescreen of sustainability’ – GetUp 
By Michael Safi – The Guardian
Emissions of toxic pollution by EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy have increased by more than 500% in the past financial year, and AGL has become the country’s biggest carbon polluter, a new study claims. 

Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector 
By Kantaro Hamada – Reuters  
A Japanese court on Tuesday issued an injunction to prevent the restart of two reactors citing safety concerns, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to return to atomic energy four years after the Fukushima crisis. 

South Africa names bidders for 1,000 MW of green power 
By Peroshni Govender – Reuters  
South Africa has named preferred bidders for the fourth round of a series of renewable energy projects, that will add about 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power to its ailing grid, industry insiders said on Tuesday.  

Protests as Turkey builds first nuclear power plant 
Turkey launched construction of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, which the government hopes will open a new era of greater energy self-sufficiency. But the ceremony faced protests from environmentalists. 

Nigeria Is in Talks With Rosatom for Nuclear Power Plants 
By Joseph Burite – Bloomberg News
Nigeria is in talks with Russia’s Rosatom Corp. to build as many as four nuclear power plants costing about $20 billion as Africa’s biggest economy seeks to boost generation and end daily blackouts.

Clean tech

Tesla Makes Sales Pitch to (Texas) House Panel
By Ryan McCrimmon – The Texas Tribune 
At a packed committee hearing Monday evening, advocates for Tesla Motors told a panel of Texas House members that it was time to bring state car sales laws into the 21st century and allow the company to sell its luxury electric vehicles in Texas.  


California: Water Wholesaler Will Cut Deliveries 15 Percent  
Associated Press
The Metropolitan Water District, which sells imported water to more than two dozen local agencies serving 19 million people in Southern California, voted Tuesday to reduce regional deliveries by 15 percent as the state grapples with a fourth year of drought. 

California’s water problems go way deeper than almonds 
By Brad Plumer – Vox  
Policy debates are always easier when there’s a clear villain. And as California grapples with a brutal drought, a truly diabolical one has emerged: almonds.  

Diageo vows to serve up 50 per cent improvement in water efficiency
Drinks giant Diageo has revealed ambitious plans to slash its water use over the next five years, admitting that a third of the drinks it now sells are produced in water-stressed areas.
***LB: Also in this story “The strategy sets a target to reduce water use through a 50 per cent improvement in water efficiency by the end of the decade against a 2007 baseline and commits to ensuring 100 per cent of waste water from its operations is returned to the environment safely.”


Poll: (UK’s) Public may stomach energy bill rises for a greener grid 
Nearly half of Britons would pay more on their monthly energy bill to help combat climate change, improve the grid, or support renewables, despite concerns about the rising cost of living, a new survey reveals.

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