Voting open in Environmental Finance market survey

Read on for the latest stories on solar finance, the Durban climate talks, sustainable cities, Korea’s emissions caps, WeatherBill’s rebranding, socially responsible investment and more…

Voting open in Environmental Finance market survey
Voting has opened in the annual Environmental Finance and Carbon Finance market survey – the largest and most closely watched survey of the world’s environmental markets. More >>>

Durban needs to acknowledge global shifts – Yvo de Boer
Negotiators at next month’s UN climate talks need to acknowledge that the world has changed and that all countries have a part to play in tackling climate change, said former UN climate chief Yvo de Boer, who predicts a “very difficult meeting”. More >>>

The urbanisation challenge
As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, cities are becoming the focus of sustainability efforts. Christopher Cundy reports on the challenges they face

‘Limited impact’ of energy efficiency directive on ETS
The introduction of an EU energy efficiency directive should not affect the EU Emissions Trading System, according to German MEP Peter Liese. More >>>

Korea sets company emissions caps
South Korea has set caps for the 458 companies participating in the country’s ‘cap without trade’ scheme, revealing the top 10 emitters unsurprisingly are from the power and industrial sectors. More >>>

F&C raises €30m into climate fund
F&C Investments has reached the first close of a private equity fund-of-funds that focuses on climate change investment, attracting a total of €30 million ($41 million) from three unnamed institutional investors. More >>>

SunEdison raises $300m for solar projects
SunEdison has secured $300 million to finance the construction of utility and rooftop solar photovoltaic projects throughout the US and Canada. More >>>

Sustainability calling
London is a city with world-class ambitions for sustainability. But it’s a case study of the challenges of implementation. Jess McCabe reports

Renewables cash grant may survive budget cuts – SEIA
The budget-cutting focus of the US House of Representatives will not necessarily prevent an extension of the cash grant programme for renewable energy, according to the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association. More >>>

WeatherBill rebrands, focuses on agriculture
Weather risk management firm WeatherBill has changed its name to The Climate Corporation amid a refocusing of the business on arable farmers. More >>>

CSSP launches portal for SRI market
Sustainability consultancy CSSP has launched an online portal to bring together information about the wide range of organisations active in socially responsible investment. More >>>