Voluntary carbon market escapes mandatory gloom

Voluntary carbon market escapes mandatory gloom
Sentiment is more positive in the voluntary carbon markets than in their larger, mandatory equivalents, according to the winners of Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance?s annual survey of the voluntary carbon markets. More >>>

BrightSource Energy withdraws IPO
Solar thermal developer BrightSource Energy has withdrawn its initial public offering due to adverse market conditions. More >>>

Energising the efficiency game
Investing in and implementing industrial energy efficiency has not been a straightforward affair. Environmental Finance and DNV asked a roundtable of experts to discuss the barriers ? and how to overcome them. Christopher Cundy reports

California confident of 2013 emissions trading start
California?s carbon emissions cap-and-trade programme will likely start on time next year, according to the state?s chief regulator, despite deepening market scepticism following a delay to the first auction of allowances and a new lawsuit. More >>>

Clean energy investment slumps in first quarter
New investment in clean energy in the first quarter of 2012 totalled $27 billion ? some 28% down on the previous quarter and 22% below the total for the same quarter last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. More >>>

Bridging the gap on water risk
How should large companies and their investors consider, and communicate, water risk? Environmental Finance and Irbaris brought the two sides together to find out. Mark Nicholls reports

Italian renewables tariff review dismays industry
Italy is to cut the tariff it pays to solar energy installations by 35% on average, according to decrees approved by the industry and environment ministries. More >>>

Record first-quarter issuance for cat bonds
A record volume of catastrophe bonds was issued in the first quarter of 2012, amid predictions that this year?s Atlantic hurricane season will be milder than usual. More >>>

Only 50% of solar PV module makers to survive the year
Roughly half of the larger solar photovoltaic module makers will not be in business by 2013, and that number will halve again in 2014, according to an industry expert. More >>>

RBS aims to save £200m through environmental targets
The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to save £200 million ($319 million) by 2020 via new environmental targets. More >>>