Bank launches green crowdfunding platform

A solar farm and a heat pump company are to become the first businesses to benefit from a UK bank’s newly launched crowdfunding platform. Triodos Bank’s platform will allow the public to invest directly in renewable energy projects. The first round of funding will help Mendip Renewables raise £1.8 million to take a 5MW operational […]

Dutch bank pledges €100m for sustainable businesses

Dutch bank ING has pledged to invest €100 million (£87m) in sustainable businesses over three to four years. It will provide the funding through its new arm ‘Sustainable Investments’ to firms that have a “proven concept and a positive environmental impact”. It plans to target opportunities in all sectors and focus on innovative business models […]

Barclays issues €500m green bond in ‘UK first’

Barclays has issued a €500 million (£441m) green bond claimed to be the first issued by a UK bank to fund domestic assets. The funds raised will be used to finance and refinance residential mortgages on properties in England and Wales, which are in the top 15% of the lowest carbon intensive buildings in these […]

Triodos offers new sustainable UK bank account

Triodos has announced it is offering its first ever personal sustainable current account in the UK. The Netherlands-based bank, which has been operating in the UK for more than 22 years, only lends money to organisations and projects that are making a positive difference to society, be it socially, environmentally or culturally. It lends more […]

‘Investors need to think green’

Investors need to use their money to ensure banks play a proactive role in the low carbon transition. That’s according to a new report published by ShareAction, a group dedicated to using the “potential of investments to have a positive impact on savers, communities and the environment”. The report makes a series of tough recommendations for banks – it […]

Bank offers £15m to help reduce fuel poverty

A bank is offering £15 million of finance to help tackle fuel poverty in the UK. Triodos Bank has created what it claims to be an industry-first lending pot to help social housing providers pay for energy efficiency measures needed to improve vulnerable tenants’ standard of living. The money will also pay for green spaces to be developed. […]

HSBC commits $1bn in green investments

HSBC has pledged to commit $1 billion (£0.64bn) on green projects. The bank will invest in “high quality liquid assets” in the form of green, social and sustainability bonds. They will be used to fund renewable and energy efficiency projects as well as clean transportation and climate change adaptation. Spencer Lake, Global Head of Capital Financing […]

Kazakhstan signs deal for nuclear fuel bank

Kazakhstan has signed an agreement to set up a nuclear fuel bank in Oskemen. The country will operate the bank which will be a physical reserve of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Member States. It follows the project announcement made last month. LEU is the basic ingredient of nuclear fuel. The bank […]

Barclays to invest £1bn in green bonds

Barclays has pledged to invest at least £1 billion in green bonds by November next year. Green bonds are fixed income securities designed to raise capital to finance low carbon investments such as projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Issuers are mainly governments or development banks such as the European Investment Bank, World Bank, International […]

UK carbon tax could add 10% to bills finds bank

The UK’s tax on carbon could add 10% to energy bills, analysts at investment bank Macquarie believe. In an equities research report, they suggest that from an “environmental, economic and taxation point of view” it is “counterproductive” and “therefore unsustainable”. The carbon price support is effectively a tax levied by the Treasury on fossil fuels. […]