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In the latest Eco Investor magazine

December 2014 edition

Four Factors Affecting Cleantech Shares
A look at where the cleantech sector has traveled over the past year shows there is plenty of good news hidden by the negative headlines. I can see four big picture issues influencing how cleantech shares and cleantech investors are traveling - two strongly positive and two strongly negative...

Industry Focus
The Food Future is Feed Efficient Aquaculture
Sustainable food has the potential to become as big a share market theme as clean energy and an important part of that is aquaculture, as seafood is the most consumed animal protein in the world. It surpasses other meats including poultry, pork and beef and consumption is expected to continue to surge over the next 10 years. Read More

Core Securities
Tassal Leads Global Responsible Salmon Aquaculture
Tassal has won Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across all of its salmon farming operations, which it says is a first for any salmon company in the world and puts it at the forefront of responsible global salmon aquaculture...

Pre-Dividend Securities
New Software from Pacific Environment
Environmental engineer Pacific Environment has two positive developments that should continue to point its 2014-15 revenue line in the right direction - two profitable acquisitions it made this year and the launch of its EnviroSuite 2.0 software...

Pre-Profit Securities
New Chairman for Lynas
Lynas Corporation has begun a search for a new chairman with founder Nicholas Curtis telling the company’s annual general meeting that the AGM would be his last as chairman. Mr Curtis made some interesting reflections on the development of Lynas, saying the journey has “been far costlier, and taken far longer than I could ever have imagined...

Pre-Revenue Securities
Enerji Unveils New Heat-to-Power Technology
Waste heat company Enerji has launched a new proprietary technology that can aggregate heat from a diversity of sources and condition it for use in a single heat-to-power system. Enerji says its Accretive Thermal Energy Node (ATEN) technology evolved from its development work and will fill an unmet demand as the collection and conditioning of heat has been a major barrier and the most costly and time consuming element of heat-to- power projects...

Eco Securities Data
A round-up of the month's highs and lows for environmental share prices, director buying and selling, and movements by substantial shareholders. It also includes the quarterly Cash Positions of Speculative Environmental Stocks...

Unlisted Companies
Quarterly and Half Yearly Prepayment of R&D Tax Refund
Companies that find the Federal Government’s R&D Tax Incentive useful for managing cashflow can now access a quarterly and half yearly pre-payment service instead of having to wait a full year between refunds. The R&D Tax Incentive is a 45 per cent refund on eligible R&D to companies with less than $20 million in turnover. The refund is useful for pre-revenue and pre-profit companies to manage their cashflow and reduce their need to raise new capital. But the refunds are annual and some companies can benefit from accessing the refund more quickly or regularly. Read More

United Nations Makes the Business Case for Eco-Innovation
When Australia’s fossil fuel loving Federal Government and Industry Minister realize they need to know what real leadership looks like, they can turn to the United Nations and the European Commission and read their new report, The Business Case for Eco-Innovation. Published in Paris, the report “demonstrates the compelling case for companies to embark on ecoinnovation”. Read More

International Shares
CBD Energy in Voluntary Administration
CBD Energy has gone into voluntary administration, bringing more pain for long suffering shareholders after the company’s poor performance on the ASX and now on Nasdaq...

Solar PV for Hot Water
In some areas of Australia standard solar PV panels connected to an electric hot water system can be the most economical way to heat water for a home, according to research by an energy efficiency company...

App for Solar Panel Efficiency
Solar panel installers and buyers now have a mobile phone app that allows them to easily optimize the performance of a new solar PV system. Exemplary Energy's PV_OptiMizer is an evaluation app for small to medium sized PV installations. The mobile phone or other device is simply laid on the roof and it responds to the orientation and tilt of the phone to calculate the solar PV output of panels installed with that geometry. Read More

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November 2014 edition

Australia Can’t Afford Ideology as Industry Policy
In his introduction to the Coalition Government’s industry policy, the prime minister Tony Abbott says “The guiding principle of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda is to focus on Australia’s strengths, not to prop up poor performers.” But the policy does the opposite. Rather than focus on Australia’s competitive advantages, it is about old-fashioned picking winners. Read More

Climate Activism Gains Momentum
The Federal Government has a siege mentality on climate change that is offensive, bizarre and outrageous, said former Liberal Party leader, John Hewson. Mr Hewson also criticized the Government’s lack of policy on climate change and its strong support for the coal industry. A former employer of current prime minister Tony Abbott, these days Mr Hewson is chairman of the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, and in this capacity he made his comments at the launch of the report “Financed Emission, ‘Unburnable Carbon’ Risk and the Major Australian Banks”...

Initial Public Offering
Huon Aquaculture A Strong Sustainable Food Float
Tasmanian salmon farmer Huon Aquaculture enjoyed a successful entry to the ASX on 23 October with its $4.75 shares opening at $4.95 and finishing their first day still ahead at $4.80. The closing price gave it a market capitalization of $419 million. Huon Aquaculture is a strong addition to the environmental securities on the ASX as the company was established in 1986, is profitable, expects to commence paying dividends next year, and has strong environmental credentials...

Core Securities
Renewable Investment Does Pay
Australian Ethical initiated its investments in both Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy in October 2013. Both of these NZ based utilities offered attractive investment fundamentals as well as providing unique access to utility-scale renewable energy generation...

Two Initiatives from Ethinvest

Australia’s longest established ethical investment adviser, Ethinvest, has celebrated its 25th anniversary with two initiatives: Australian Impact Investments and a Community Impact Fund...

20th Anniversary for Australian Ethical Smaller Companies Trust
The Australian Ethical Smaller Companies Trust has celebrated its 20th anniversary, and achieved first place over 7 years and second place over 10 years in a survey by Mercer comparing all Australian equity funds...

Pre-Dividend Securities
Australian Ethical Invests in Atlantis Resources
The Australian Ethical International Equities Trust, which won Best International Equities award in last month’s Australian Fund Managers Awards, has invested in Atlantis Resources’ tidal stream energy project in Scotland...

Pre-Profit Securities
Air and Water Moves for Clean TeQ
Clean TeQ Holdings and new substantial shareholder Aromatrix Technologies are to merge their Australian air subsidiaries, a move that should maximize the potential of the two businesses and allow Clean TeQ to focus on the water treatment and resource recovery markets. In another move, Clean TeQ is to establish a Chinese joint venture to apply its water treatment technology to China’s growing water crisis...

Pre-Revenue Securities
Carnegie Commercialization to Cost $150 Million
In the next two years the long process of raising capital to fund the development of its wave energy technology may finally come to some sort of an end for Carnegie Wave Energy and its loyal shareholders. In 2016, when Carnegie expects to get its CETO 6 based first commercial project up and running at WA’s Garden Island, it will have spent $150 million developing and commercializing its technology, said managing director and chief executive officer, Michael Ottaviano. Read More

Eco Securities Data
A round-up of the month's highs and lows for environmental share prices, director buying and selling, and movements by substantial shareholders...


Unlisted Companies
NRMA Backs Slingshot for Innovation
The NRMA and Slingshot have jointly launched the Slingshot Jumpstart program to mentor and assist technology entrepreneurs who want to develop a start-up business or scale-up by offering their products and services to NRMA’s massive customer base...

Remotely Monitored Industrial LEDs
A Tasmanian company has developed what it says is the lowest whole-of-life cost industrial LED fitting with advanced LED and several world first features. Read More

Fixed Interest
Stockland Issues Corporate Green Bond
Listed property giant Stockland has issued what it says is Australia’s first corporate green bond. The proceeds of the EUR 300 million bond will be used to help fund eligible environmentally sustainable projects such as the development and redevelopment of green star rated retail, commercial, residential and retirement living projects. Read More

Asbestos Awareness Month
November is Australia’s national Asbestos Awareness Month, a campaign that urges Australians to ‘Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember’ and to ‘Stop Playing Renovation Roulette’. At least 1 in 3 Australian homes contain asbestos, and asbestos may be present in any home including brick homes built before 1987. Read More

New Approach to Feral Animals
University of Sydney research suggests a more effective approach to controlling the devastating impact of the feral cat and red fox on Australian native wildlife is to focus control efforts on the large rainfall ‘boom’ events in central Australia...

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