Global carbon market value rises 4%

Global carbon market value rises 4%
The value of the global carbon market climbed 4% in 2011, despite dramatically lower prices in the largest market in Europe, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. More >>>

Dismal fourth quarter for clean energy investments
Clean energy investment slumped in the last quarter of 2011, according to data provider VB Research. More >>>

The smart grid investment opportunity
The roll-out of Europe’s smart grid and smart metering will create enormous demand for capital – and a substantial investment opportunity, says Hans Meissner

Emissions traders, analysts underwhelmed by EIB report
Carbon market participants have shrugged off an eagerly awaited report by the European Investment Bank into the first month of its 300 million EU allowance sale programme, which many had feared had contributed to collapsing carbon prices. More >>>

Ecosystem protection fund makes first close at $22m
EcoEnterprises Capital Management has raised $22 million into its second fund, having convinced a number of institutions to invest in a biodiversity-focused fund for the first time. More >>>

New methodology could unlock billions in energy efficiency investment – Deutsche Bank
Lenders can now have greater confidence in energy savings projections from residential energy efficiency programmes, according to a study from Deutsche Bank which seeks to address a key financing bottleneck. More >>>

Shifting the burden from goods to bads
Carbon pricing in Australia is just one element of an ambitious reorientation of the tax and benefits system to penalise pollution and reward work, says Australia’s climate change minister, Greg Combet

Strategise, target and report on climate risk, investors tell companies
Companies should measure their emissions, set mitigation targets, integrate climate risk into their strategies, and comprehensively report on the lot, investors managing more than $20 trillion of assets have said. More >>>

Bonneville Power asks for rethink on FERC wind ruling
The Bonneville Power Administration has asked federal regulators to clarify and reconsider a December ruling siding with wind developers over the agency’s dumping of wind power generation in favour of extra electricity generated by hydropower dams. More >>>