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BankTrack calls for strengthening of Green Bond Principles

Combatting climate change needs real commitments instead of loose guidelines – Banks must urgently curb fossil fuel financing The Green Bonds Principles, a new set of guidelines for issuers of green bonds signed by 13 commercial banks last January, need to be revised to include genuine commitments rather than broad recommendations, and must tackle the [...]

Mizuho will Assume the Chair of the Equator Principles Association

First Asian Bank to Hold the Chair Position Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (MHBK; Yasuhiro Sato, President and CEO) will take on the role of Chair of the Equator Principles Association (EPA) from 1st May. This is the first time an Asian bank has been appointed as the EPA Chair. The EPA is an association of 79 [...]

Norway’s oil fund ploughs forward in renewable energy investment

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, is set to increase its exposure to renewable energy. According to the WWF, the size of the pension fund means the move has the potential to have a global impact. Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister, confirmed measures to increase the fund’s investment in clean energy as [...]

RSB Launches Simplified Certification Process For Bonsucro Certified Entities

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that Bonsucro certified operators will now be able to access RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore saving costs and time. An RSB study released today concludes that RSB and Bonsucro sustainability standards have significant overlap on most of their requirements. [...]

New York Green Bank Gets $210 Million In Start-Up Funding

While most Americans wait around to see what’s waiting for them under the Christmas tree, it looks like New York State’s clean energy industry got to open its present a few days early. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $210 million in initial capitalization for the New York Green Bank, a new initiative created to leverage public [...]

Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon

More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming. The development is a striking departure from conservative orthodoxy and a reflection [...]

New report measures green Credit footprint of Chinese banks

Kunming based Green Watershed today releases the English summary of its newest report on the Green credit footprints of Chinese Banks published last month in China. The organization reporting on banks is the first of its kind in China. The newest report makes an assessment of Chinese Banks and their social and environmental responsibilities. The [...]

Scientists expose coal industry’s false claims about “high efficiency” coal: No more room for new unabated coal

A group of 27 scientists from across the world join forces to address the coal industry’s false claim that ‘high efficiency coal’ is a climate solution. In a joint statement, the scientists explain why new coal without carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) would mean dramatically overshooting the agreed 2°C global warming limit. The statement [...]

“Sustainable” badge for Bank of America stretches credibility of Dow Jones Sustainability Index

S&P Dow Jones Indexes and RobecoSAM have revealed that Bank of America is to be added to its long-running Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), a major reference point for sustainable investors. The move comes just as campaigners around the world are urging the bank to rethink its decision to underwrite a major share offer for [...]

New Resource Bank Releases First Sustainability Report

New Resource Bank (OTCBB: NWBN) is pleased to announce its 2013 sustainability report, Banking for the World We Want. The report, the bank’s first, covers 2012 data. It is available online here, and in print by request. “New Resource’s approach to banking is built on the belief that the money in our community can support [...]

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