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Clean Energy Producer Smart Energies Raises $95 Million to Accelerate Deployment of Small Solar Sites

Clean Energy Producer Smart Energies Raises $95 Million to Accelerate Deployment of Small Solar Sites

Independent Power Producer (IPP) Smart Energies announced today that has raised €87 million (USD$95 million), with proceeds from the financing aimed at accelerating its deployment of small solar sites across Europe, including on roofs, parking lots and small ground-based projects. Founded in 2012, Paris-based Smart Energies develops, finances, builds and operates renewable projects across Europe, […]

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Climeworks Announces Direct Air Capture Technology Breakthrough to Scale Carbon Removal

Climeworks Announces Direct Air Capture Technology Breakthrough to Scale Carbon Removal

Zurich-based carbon removal company Climeworks revealed today its Generation 3 direct air capture (DAC) technology, providing “breakthrough” improvements in efficiency and performance, and forming a step in the company’s plan to scale up to megaton carbon removal capacity. DAC technology, listed by the IEA as a key carbon removal option in the transition to a […]

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Esma-Leitlinien für ESG-Fondsnamen könnten Regelchaos stiften

Esma-Leitlinien für ESG-Fondsnamen könnten Regelchaos stiften

Die EU-Aufsichtsbehörde Esma hat Leitlinien dazu vorgelegt, unter welchen Voraussetzungen Fondsgesellschaften ihre Produkte dem Namen nach als nachhaltig anpreisen dürfen. Die Leitlinien sorgen allerdings kaum für Klarheit, kritisiert Daniel Lühman. Vielmehr könnten sie die Lage sogar besonders kompliziert machen.

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Umfrage: Fast jeder zweite Bauer nutzt KI

Umfrage: Fast jeder zweite Bauer nutzt KI

Vier von fünf Agrarbetrieben sagen, Digitalisierung ermögliche es ihnen, umweltschonender zu arbeiten. Ob für die intelligente Bewässerung des Feldes, die Verhaltensanalyse der Tiere im Stall oder die datenbasierte Entscheidungshilfe bei der Aussaat – die Landwirtschaft steht vor einer KI-Revolution. Fast die Hälfte der Höfe in Deutschland (47 Prozent) beschäftigt sich bereits mit Einsatzmöglichkeiten von KI.

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Cleantech Startup Aira Secures €200 Million Financing with BNP Paribas to Drive Heat Pump Installation

Cleantech Startup Aira Secures €200 Million Financing with BNP Paribas to Drive Heat Pump Installation

Clean energy tech startup Aira announced today that it has secured €200 million in debt commitments from BNP Paribas, aimed at facilitating the installation of heat pumps in homes across Germany. Founded in 2022 by impact company builder Vargas, Stockholm, Sweden-based Aira provides clean energy-tech solutions aimed at accelerating the electrification of residential heating, including […]

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UBS, Rockefeller AM Launch New Blue Economy-Focused Ocean Engagement Fund

UBS, Rockefeller AM Launch New Blue Economy-Focused Ocean Engagement Fund

UBS Global Wealth Management (GWM) and Rockefeller Asset Management announced the launch of the UBS Rockefeller Ocean Engagement Fund, a new blue economy-focused fund aimed at engaging with companies that address ocean health issues, to provide financial returns and positive impact. According to the World Bank, the Blue Economy is defined as the “sustainable use […]

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Studie: Over 70% of Companies Have Abandoned Acquisitions Over ESG Concerns: Deloitte Survey

Studie: Over 70% of Companies Have Abandoned Acquisitions Over ESG Concerns: Deloitte Survey

Sustainability considerations are becoming increasingly central in the mergers and acquisitions dealmaking process, with more than 70% of M&A leaders reporting abandoning potential acquisitions over ESG concerns, and a vast majority saying they would be willing to pay more for targets with strong ESG attributes, according to a new survey released by global professional services […]

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Italienisches Private-Equity-Haus: „Wir erzielen Rendite wegen und nicht trotz der Nachhaltigkeit“

Italienisches Private-Equity-Haus: „Wir erzielen Rendite wegen und nicht trotz der Nachhaltigkeit“

Der italienische Asset Manager Ambienta ist im Private-Equity-Bereich fokussiert und hat die Nachhaltigkeit seit vielen Jahren als zentralen Bestandteil für das eigene Unternehmen und seine Investments definiert. Wie Ambienta mit Greenwashing umgeht und wo die Unterschiede zur großen Konkurrenz liegen, erklärt Hans Haderer, Partner bei Ambienta und DACH-Leiter.

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ESG Today: Week in Review

ESG Today: Week in Review

This week in ESG news: Over half of global economy moving towards coverage by IFRS’ sustainability reporting standards; EU adopts new legislation aimed at scaling decarbonization tech industries; PwC, IFS to launch sustainability management and reporting solution; HSBC launches carbon calculator for SMEs; EU regulator calls for reporting requirements by SMEs on positive sustainability impacts, […]

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Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nucor Pioneer New Clean Energy Investment, Risk Sharing Models with Duke Energy

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nucor Pioneer New Clean Energy Investment, Risk Sharing Models with Duke Energy

Tech giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft, steel producer Nucor, and electricity provider Duke Energy announced agreements aimed at exploring new approaches to support the deployment of carbon-free energy generation, including the development of new rate structures to share risk for new clean energy projects based on emerging technologies. Announced at the White House Summit on […]

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