World’s biggest companies can save as much CO2 as Japan emits in a year

Global leaders in carbon reporting have the potential to save the equivalent of Japan’s annual CO2 emissions by achieving standard levels of carbon-efficiency for their sector, ET Index Research reveals in a report launched today. early half of the world’s 800 largest listed companies have disclosed their emissions, and have improved their carbon efficiency by 15% in the last year, …

ESG’s Greatest Obstacle: The Reluctance to ‘Sacrifice’

COP21 and COP22 should be hailed, if for different reasons than they currently are. For whilst optimism appears sky-high and much needed attention is being given to the topic (reflected in the number of ESG conferences taking place in recent times), the reality is that the investment world (or worlds) is now embroiled in a game of ‘who blinks first?’ The reasoning …

The Paris Agreement, Backhanded Compliments & Future Issues

Beyond the ephemeral euphoria espoused by sensationalist news reports surrounding the alleged ‘binding’ international Paris agreement, the stark reality of this agreement continues to shine light on the yoke of inequality within international relations. Amidst disasters, social narratives are often guided away from the ramifications caused or exacerbated by powerful states. From 20th century Chinese, European and U.S. involvement in …

Africa’s Soaring Demand for Energy Creates Oil Storage Opportunities for Investors

Africa’s annual appetite for gasoil and gasoline is expected to climb by as much as 8%, while demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has hit double digits. The continent’s growing home-grown energy supply will help satisfy some of the burgeoning demand. Africa produced 8.2m b/d of crude last year – 76% came from Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Angola, according to …

GEFF2015 – Two worlds converge in Edinburgh

Last week Edinburgh was host to panels of distinguished guests who discussed the challenges and progress of the pursuit of more ethical finance. Hosted by the Scottish Government at the prestigious Balmoral Hotel, the Global Ethical Finance Forum 2015 brought together academics and practitioners from around the world to exchange experiences and expertise regarding the implementation of ethical finance. Organised …