finance

Sean Kidney on the unstoppable great green wave

There’s no beating around the bush with climate bonds czar Sean Kidney. He may be based in the UK and spend a lot of time travelling the rarefied world of…

How the rating tools for infrastructure stack up

Institutional investors should look for robust reporting of environmental, social and governance performance when considering investing in infrastructure, according to a new discussion paper released by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

New toolkit lays out pathway for more community solar

A new toolkit launched at this week’s Community Energy Congress in Melbourne aims to make it easier to establish and finance locally owned renewable energy projects. Developed by Frontier Impact…

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…

Superannuation companies risk legal action over woeful climate disclosure

Most large Australian superannuation companies have provided no, or inadequate, evidence that they’ve considered climate risk in their investment portfolios, putting trustees at risk of legal action, according to a new legal opinion released today by Noel Hutley SC and James Mack.

Macquarie finalises UK green bank purchase

Australian-owned Macquarie Group has completed the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank from the British Government for a price of £2.3 billion (AU$3.7b). However, despite the company’s pledge to…

Call for ethical super grows into a major chorus

Ninety per cent of Australians expect their super to be invested ethically, and 80 per cent would consider switching funds to more aligned providers, according to new research from the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.