Investing for Sustainability

• The Equator Principles have been endorsed by 54 signatory banks and represent over 85 percent of global private project finance capacity. According to the U.N., global venture capital and private equity investment in sustainable energy totaled $8.6 billion in 2006, up 69 percent from $5.1 billion in 2005, with the number of deals increasing by 12 percent.

• There are now 575 environmental and energy hedge funds. Global "clean-tech" capital investment increased by 78 percent in 2006 to $2.9 billion, making it the third-largest venture investment category (and the third largest such sector in both China and the United States).

• Currently about 2,500 of the nearly 15,000 sustainability reports on file at comply with Global Reporting Initiative's guidelines, the generally accepted accounting principles for disclosing environment, social, and governance info.

• More than 300 institutional investors representing over $41 trillion in assets have signed onto the fifth iteration of the Carbon Disclosure Project, which asks 2,400 of the world's largest companies to voluntarily report their carbon emissions and management processes.

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