Finance

Why we’re in the midst of a green finance boom

Loans to finance low and zero-carbon projects in the built environment have traditionally been difficult to obtain, but that is changing with the rise of green banks and the spread…

A financial solution to power energy efficiency

Ecosave has doubled in size since November last year, growing staff from 11 to 23. Here founder Marcelo Rouso explains why. Marcelo Rouco reckons he’s been ahead of time for…

Explainer: the rise of social impact investing

Governments, communities and industries are grappling with issues such as climate change, inequality and social justice – and how to mobilise more funding to tackle these issues. One possible solution…

Investors willing to pay premium for green bonds

A $50 million climate bond issued by financial services group FlexiGroup has attracted strong investor participation, even with a yield 0.03 per cent lower than a similar class bond without…

Value Capture: how do we stop Value Escape?

There seems to be almost unanimous and vigorous agreement that the pursuit of value capture is a worthwhile initiative in helping us to augment scarce infrastructure funding. However, we seem…

Divestment – why some universities are scared to act

The fossil fuels divestment movement started on university campuses, with students calling out their institutions for talking up innovation, technology and sustainability, while simultaneously investing in the least innovative and…

Australian Ethical rides the wave of good all round

The rise in ethical investment delivered good news in spades last week for investors with Australian Ethical, but what was interesting amid the news of close-to-spectacular performance was that ethical…