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IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

Accommodating the gas sector risks diluting standards and discouraging new pools of green capital

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): Incorporating gas-powered generation as a sustainable investment into Asian taxonomies could have unintended consequences, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Doing so could lock Asia into a high-emitting future while also posing a credibility and greenwashing problem that Asian policymakers and ESG […]

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IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA: Uncertainty surrounds U.S. liquefied natural gas export projects in emerging Asia

Significant market risks and shifting U.S. policies could undermine LNG project ambitions in the region

July 8, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Potential trade and climate policy shifts in the U.S. are raising questions about the viability of several ambitious liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects planned for emerging Asian markets, according to a recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). New LNG import project sponsors in the […]

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

A global laggard that has minimal transparency, is passive on climate, and is abrogating its fiduciary duty to best manage risk for investors

22 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Vanguard Group, the world’s second largest asset manager, is leaving its investors to face profound wealth destruction risks as the world’s largest investor in fossil fuels, all while insisting climate change is a priority for the company, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA Europe: Snam woos investors with net-zero claims, while growing its spending on fossil gas infrastructure

IEEFA Europe: Snam woos investors with net-zero claims, while growing its spending on fossil gas infrastructure

Italian gas giant publicizes hydrogen commitment while spending shows business as usual

March 16, 2021 (IEEFA) — Even as it seeks to attract funding from sustainability-led lenders, Europe’s largest gas pipeline company continues to devote the vast majority of planned capital spending to unabated fossil gas infrastructure, according to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Snam, the Milan-based gas transmission system […]

IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

Economics, EU membership ambitions point to renewables as best path for country’s future electricity needs

October 29, 2020 (IEEFA) — Strong performance by Kosovo’s first large-scale wind and solar farms show the coal-dominated, Western Balkan country can exploit falling renewables costs and green lending appetite to align better with a low-carbon European transition and reduce losses from stranded fossil fuel assets. According to a new report by the Institute for […]

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Ekonomia, ambiciet për anëtarësim në BE drejtojnë nga burimet e ripërtëritshme si rruga më e mirë për nevojat e ardhshme të energjisë për vendin.

29 tetor 2020 (IEEFA) – Performanca e mirë nga fermat e para të erës dhe diellit në shkallë të gjerë në Kosovë tregon se vendi i Ballkanit Perëndimor i dominuar nga qymyri mund të shfrytëzojë rënien e kostove të ripërtëritshme dhe gatshmërinë për kredi të gjelbëra për tu lidhur më mirë me një tranzicion evropian […]

IEEFA: 50 new green hydrogen projects show Europe, Australia, Asia are lead players but US$75 billion in costs and government inaction could create delays

The green hydrogen industry needs more government backing to reach demand goals

24 August 2020 (IEEFA): The renewable rich green hydrogen industry is accelerating with 50 new projects announced in the last year including five just last month, but a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds the pace is not fast enough to meet global energy demand, with massive capital […]

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IEEFA Europe: Recovered waste heat a cost-effective source of clean energy

IEEFA Europe: Recovered waste heat a cost-effective source of clean energy

Case studies in Poland confirm RWH alternative to coal plants and reduced investment risks

June 10, 2020  (IEEFA LONDON) ‒ Captured waste heat from local industry in southern Poland can compete with fossil fuel plants to supply affordable heating for local homes through district heating networks, providing cleaner air and attractive financial returns for investors, according to an IEEFA study published today.  IEEFA found that the main barrier to […]

IEEFA Asia: Asian financial institutions also beginning to exit coal financing

Asia’s gradual exodus away from coal will eventually lead to a landslide

29 April 2020 (IEEFA Asia): Under the cover of COVID-19, Asian financial institutions and corporations have been stepping up and out of coal financing, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In the last month alone, Japan’s two largest institutional banks, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho […]

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Activist fund takes stake in RWE, calls for coal activity separation

Reuters: Activist fund ENKRAFT has taken a stake in RWE (RWEG.DE) and is calling for a separation of the company’s brown coal activities to remove the burden of a legacy business that has weighed on the value of shares in Germany’s largest power producer. ENKRAFT, which has a track record in investing in the renewable […]

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Korean chaebol launch effort to promote domestic hydrogen industry

Nikkei Asia ($): Fifteen of South Korea’s best-known companies, including Hyundai Motor, SK Group and Posco, launched a business council Wednesday to promote the domestic hydrogen industry and tap the growing global movement toward decarbonization. The council, called the Korea H2 Business Summit, will discuss challenges facing the industry and offer policy recommendations to the […]

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Iberdrola plans 6 gigawatts of offshore wind development in Taiwan

REVE: Iberdrola has continued its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region with the announcement of three new offshore wind development projects in Taiwan, with potential capacity of approximately 6 gigawatts (GW). The projects are named Da-Chung Bu Offshore Wind, Guo-Feng Offshore Wind and Ju-Dao Offshore Wind and will be located in the county waters of Taichung, […]

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New South Wales minister says state can ‘absolutely’ stop coal by 2030

The Guardian: New South Wales can “absolutely” stop using coal power by 2030, the state’s energy and environment minister has said, as he declared it will not appeal a landmark court judgment ruling that regulators must do more to protect it from the climate crisis. Asked on the ABC’s Radio National whether NSW could meet […]

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Stranded assets pose $135 billion threat to European power by 2040

Bloomberg ($): European power companies could be burdened with debt and face credit rating downgrades if they fail to take action to reach climate neutrality by the middle of the century, a new study says. The European Union plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050 as part of efforts to curb global temperature rises […]

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IEEFA Australia: Comparing global commitment to renewable energy policies, programs and funding

IEEFA Australia: Comparing global commitment to renewable energy policies, programs and funding

Despite some glaring anomalies, much of the world is finally heading in the right direction

It could be easy to become disheartened. Australia is still not focusing on the climate science and need for a rapid decarbonisation of the economy. Instead, the Federal government is bizarrely trying to provide new capacity payment subsidies to extend the life of antiquated coal plants, is providing subsidies in the tens of millions for […]

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World’s largest direct-air capture plant opens in Iceland

Reuters: The world’s largest plant that sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and deposits it underground is due to start operating on Wednesday, the company behind the nascent green technology said. Swiss start-up Climeworks AG, which specialises in capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air, has partnered with Icelandic carbon storage firm Carbfix to […]

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Ground broken on largest battery storage project in UK

PV Magazine: Spanish solar project developer, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) – part of UAE-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy – and British developer Harmony Energy have begun work on the largest battery energy storage project in the United Kingdom. The 99 MW/198 MWh Clay Tye facility is being constructed near the M25 in Essex and will […]

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Ireland sovereign fund plans 1 billion-euro drive on renewables

ReNews.biz: Ireland’s sovereign fund has unveiled plans for a €1bn climate action investment drive to include renewables and battery storage projects. The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will support green projects over the next five years out to 2026, it said. Part of its mandate is to support energy storage, including developing and harnessing emerging technologies […]

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Study: Balkans coal-fired plants responsible for thousands of deaths

Bloomberg Green ($): Pollution from coal-fired power stations on the European Union’s southeastern border are estimated to have caused thousands of deaths in the region due to breaches of legally-binding limits on harmful emissions. The 18 coal plants operating in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro were responsible for 19,000 deaths over […]

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