Features & Opinion
 
Labor Rejoins World's Clean Energy Leadership
The Labor Party's adoption of a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 is a big positive that will lift the confidence of investors now and boost it hugely next year if Labor wins the election. More
The Pope Supports Environmentally Positive Investments
The Pope has shown himself to be a strong supporter of ethical and environmentally positive investment principles as a way of solving the world's many environmental problems and making humanity's place and role on the Earth sustainable. More
Investing in Home Energy Efficiency
Over the past two years I've put in several big and fairly costly energy efficiency measures into our home and I'm now in a position to start evaluating how well they have worked and if they were good investments. How well they have worked is clear - our family's annual gas usage has fallen a massive 94 per cent. More

Video: Interview with Damien Lynch, managing director of August Investments
Eco Investor editor Victor Bivell interviews Damien Lynch, Australia's most experienced environmental investor, about environmental investment in Australia. View Here
Manufactured Homes and Sustainable Housing
Achieving more sustainable housing is an important environmental ambition as it reduces both the amount of unsustainable materials needed and the carbon footprint of the buildings. More

Huge Report on Sustainability of Bioenergy
A massive 779 page report says bioenergy can be sustainable. It has contributions from 137 researchers from 82 institutions in 24 countries. More

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Core Securities
 
Movement at Qube's Rail Development in Sydney
Two medium term factors will affect Qube Holdings' performance with the company downgrading its expected underlying earnings, and on a positive note signing conditional contracts for the development of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project in Sydney. The latter is good news for environmental investors as the rail freight terminal will reduce heavy truck journeys in Sydney. More
Trending - Energy Developments
Amid all the gloom in the environmental sector since Tony Abbott assumed leadership of the Liberal Party and became prime minister, it is sometimes easy to forget that many of the leading cleantech stocks are doing well. One is Energy Developments. More
More Downside from Energy Action
Energy Action's shares continued their downward trend by plunging 44 per cent or 87 cents to an all time low of $1.11 after the company downgraded its earnings forecast for the full year. More
Tassal to Expand Into Other Seafoods
Tassal Group's shares fell 42 cents or 12 per cent in the space of seven days, with not much news in between. A couple of days earlier the company released its sustainability report, which was detailed and positive. More

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Speculative Securities
 
More Progress for AnaeCo
The full start-up of AnaeCo's first municipal waste-to-energy plant is continuing with the biological ramp up phase of commissioning now successfully completed and the company's DiCOM bioconversion process meeting expectations and fully proven. The next step is the commencement of performance trials, which will be the final phase in commissioning the Perth plant. More
Geodynamics Buys Biogas Business
Geodynamics has made its long awaited move into a post-geothermal energy business and has chosen biogas. The company has made a takeover bid for Quantum Power Ltd, a company which it says is a market leader in the Australian biogas market. More
Another High for Bellamy's
Bellamy's Australia's shares keep rising and in mid June hit another post IPO high of $4.55. It came a few days after Bellamy's upgraded its profit guidance for the full year. Its IPO price, only last July, was $1. More
Technology and Commercialization Changes at Dyesol
Dyesol has come a long way since its IPO featured in Eco Investor's first issue in 2005. The big changes have been in the development of its technology and its path to commercialization. More

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Unlisted Companies
 
$6 Million Venture Capital for Battery Storage Company
Octillion Power Systems is entering the Australian battery storage market with the help of a $6.3 million investment by the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund. The Fund co-invested in the company's recent round with Kleiner Perkins China, Samsung Ventures and other existing investors. More
Inventor Offers over 70 Projects for Sale
One of Australia's most prolific inventors, Andy Karpisek, is offering over 70 projects, including some key cleantech projects, for sale due to his age. Mr Karpisek is now 91 years of age and says he will not be here forever. More
Private Equity Acquires Solar Installer
Private equity group Anchorage Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of photovoltaic installer Mark Group Australia Pty Ltd (MGA). MGA is a market leader in PV installations with operations across Australia. More

Australian Tyre Recycler in Edison Awards
A green technology company that recycles old car and truck tyres was Australia's first finalist in the Edison Awards, and a bronze winner when the awards were announced in New York in April. The Edison Awards are claimed to be the world's top award for innovation. More

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Property
 
Solar Harvesting at Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has installed a 24 kW solar energy system that will provide a quarter of its energy and save it about $7,000 per year. More
Defending Urban Sanctuaries
The Total Environment Centre (TEC) has launched a campaign and a DIY toolkit to help communities defend and preserve Sydney's parks and green spaces a situation which TEC's executive director Jeff Angel says is urgent. More


Office Trust to Make Buildings Sustainable

Real estate fund manager EG Funds Management is establishing an unlisted $400 million wholesale fund with a portfolio of sustainable office buildings and has secured the Clean Energy Finance Corporation as a cornerstone investor for up to $125 million. More

 


Investing in Home Insulation Saves Money
Australian homes have poor thermal insulation so there is plenty of room for improvement, says Energy Freedom, a group of leading renewable energy and energy efficiency companies and organizations. In fact, Australian homes are among the world's worst. More

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Fixed Interest

Green Bond Guidelines for Real Estate
Guidelines on what constitute green bonds for investors in the real estate sector have been released. While the market in Australia for such bonds is undeveloped at present, local investors may still find the guidelines useful when looking at investments in real estate investment trusts. More

ANZ Bank's First Green Bond
ANZ Bank has raised $600 million in its first green bond, which the bank said is the largest climate related bond so far by an Australian issuer. It was primarily taken up by Australian institutional investors as well as funds in Asia. More

 

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 retail, commercial, residential and retirement living projects. More

How Interest Rates Affect Fixed Interest Funds
A handy guide to how changes in interest rates will affect the value of a fixed interest fund is the concept of duration. Understanding this idea will help investors to know how much the value of their units could go up or down when official interest rates change. More

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Superannuation
Australian Super Funds Still Lead on Carbon
Australia's Local Government Super fund ranked number one in the world index for pro- actively managing climate risk, says the annual Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) which aims to protect the investments held by the world's largest asset owners from the risks of climate change. More

Super Switch Compares Fossil Fuels in Super
Investors who want to know how exposed their superannuation fund is to fossil fuels or who want to compare super funds' fossil fuel exposure can use the new Super Switch service, which analyzes super fund exposure to the fossil fuel industry through Australian and international shares. More

Fossil Fuel Free Super Fund
Future Super is a new superannuation fund that is claiming to be Australia's first fossil fuel free super fund. Along with this negative screen, it also has a positive screen to fund activities that make a positive impact on the environment and community. More

HESTA Limits Thermal Coal Investments
Joining the growing list of institutional investors reducing their exposure to coal investments is superannuation fund HESTA, which has begun to progressively restrict its investments in thermal coal across all its investment options. More

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International Shares

Ocean Power Technologies Deploys Buoy
The much troubled Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. has begun to make operational progress again with the successful deployment of a PB40 PowerBuoy off the coast of New Jersey on the US east coast. The company said the deployment is its first since late 2013 and is a critical step in its efforts to commercialize its wave energy technology. More

Explosive Growth for Global Renewable Energy
The good news keeps coming for international investors and those who may doubt that the global push to renewables is unstoppable. The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21StCentury has published a report that shows that global investment in renewables grew six fold in the 10 years from 2004 to 2014. More

First ETF for YieldCos
The first exchange traded fund (ETF) to provide investors with access to yieldcos has been launched by Global X Funds, a New York-based provider of ETFs. The Global X YieldCo Index ETF (Nasdaq: YLCO) aims to provide investment results that generally correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Indxx Global YieldCo Index. More