News Round Up: 26th-30th August 2019

By Richard Howard

30th August 2019

Top Stories and Themes of the Week

This week a run of articles were published from several outlets on ESG investment performance outpacing traditional investments. Also there was news relating to two investments featured on this site namely BBOXX (Green Bonds via Energize Africa) and the renewables focus investment trust, JLEN Environmental Assets Group Ltd (ex John Laing Environmental Assets Group Ltd).

Investment Analysis

Public funds taking the lead in spectacular boom of ESG – Hazel Bradford – Pension and Investments Online

Can ESG ETFs outperform? – George Geddes – EFT Stream

ESG performance also matters for pre-IPO companies – Mike Hower – GreenBiz.com 

Energy storage technology adoption in the US – Nicholas Nhede – Smart Energy International 

Energy storage systems market ‘to reach $500bn by 2025’ – Jonny Bairstow – Energy News Live 

Investment News

Infrastructure fund buys anaerobic digestion plant for £14.8m – Jonny Bairstow – Energy News Live

Mitsubishi leads US$50m investment round for off-grid solar ‘utility’ BBOX – Cecilia Keating – Energy Storage News

Shell enters Australia power industry with $419 million bid for ERM Power – Sonali Paul – Reuters

Comment

How Fitch is enhancing the relevance of ESG factors to credit ratings – The Asset

Justin Welby: investors must pressure firms to act on climate crisis – Sean Farrell – The Guardian

The Solar Market Looks Ripe for a Wave of Refinancing – Emma Foehringer Merchant – Green Tech Media 

UNEP-FI, GCA Cite Adaptation as “Biggest Investment Opportunity of This Generation” – Leila Mead – IISD

Cheap green loans from Sustainable Australia Fund are changing the way businesses see solar – Daniel Ziffer – ABC (Aus)

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