Now, for instance, household members can be told, “That old refrigerator is costing you $148 per year more than a new, Energy Star compliant one. Have (more…)
This is particularly true for electric utilities. Some 41 months later, electric sales have not bounced back to (more…)
The global impacts of a warming Arctic could carry a price tag comparable to the size of the global economy in 2012, say Gail Whiteman, Chris Hope and Peter Wadhams in a Comment in last week’s Nature.
Most discussions about the economic implications of a warming Arctic focus on benefits to the region, with (more…)
I’ve been helping behind the scenes on a new cleantech incubator recently launched in Vancouver, Canada called the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator. And in the process, I’ve been getting the opportunity to learn what other accelerators and incubators are doing well, and not so well, around the world. (more…)
In 2011, the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource released their study of the diversity makeup of the venture capital industry. Not surprisingly, the majority of people working in the VC industry were white and. . . wait for it. . . male.
While women represented 21 percent of employment (more…)
How relevant is the term cleantech today? Has it had its day in the sun?
It’s a heretical question for someone who’s spent much of the last 10 years of his career furthering the cleantech meme globally. A former Managing Director of an organization that gets much of the credit for coining the phrase to begin with, I’ve been a big proponent of the term, to the intentional subordination of others. (more…)
VCs, driven by their appetite for quick results, are missing out on huge opportunities in renewable biofuels and chemicals. That leaves the market wide open to a variety of alternative investors who, if equipped with the patience needed, will realize the substantial returns that await those who can see the industry through a long lens. Only time will tell who will take (more…)
As described here, legendary environmentalist Bill McKibben’s suggestion that folks sell their holdings in fossil fuel companies has been accepted by a gathering wave of universities, churches and synagogues, city governments and pension funds. According to the article, “In the last few months, fossil fuel divestment has turned into one of the fastest-growing protest (more…)
Interest in social enterprises is growing—and believe it or not (some entrepreneurs may have their doubts), so is the pool of capital available to them.
The broad field of impact investing—which involves directing capital to enterprises that are doing good, rather than simply screening out companies that have (more…)
An innovative G20 interpretation of the rules of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may be required to finance global environmental public goods, according to a new commentary by Barry Carin, a senior fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), which is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international (more…)