Clean and green

As sustainability and green issues have become serious economic drivers, I have contributed more and more articles to media outlets and provided services to the commercial sector. Both business and financial features examining markets, the impact of new regulations on companies and sectors, as well as straight ‘green’ stories are increasingly in demand. My experience in business models, financial markets and technology, have all helped me create a demand for work.
Many of basic building blocks of sustainability had long been in the mix at companies at the forefront of this sector, with issues of ethical investment long-debated in the asset management industry. As this grew, so did companies’ acceptance of good corporate governance and methodologies of critically measuring these elements – material common to Finance Week, for example.

Rapacious neighbors still trying to grasp Burmese energy

Follow the Money: CleanBiz.Asia Questions over the future of Burma’s energy policy are arising yet again. Not only has Thailand’s energy minister denied that bribes have been given by the state oil company PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) but China has stepped up its pressure to reignite the environmentally bankrupt Myitsone dam project. Thai...

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China getting serious about concentrated solar power

China looks set to step up its interest in concentrated solar power (CSP) by commissioning US company BrightSource Energy as a technology supplier to the first commercial-scale CSP project to be undertaken as part of the US–China Framework for the Ten-Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment. It will also compile a national CSP Handbook...

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Foreign firms face environmental whip first

Follow the Money: CleanBiz.Asia The crack of China’s environmental whip was heard across the foreign investment community when BMW was told to pick up its environmental game. “Drinking polluted water while driving BMW sedans is certainly not the type of industrialization we are looking forward to,” China’s environment minister, Zhou Shengxian, told the People’s...

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Malaysian planters launch PR drive over SE Asia haze

Malaysian oil palm plantation companies are taking a softly, softly approach on ASEAN’s efforts to get Indonesia to ratify and enforce the new Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. In a press statement, the Association of Plantation Investors of Malaysia in Indonesia (APIMI) has called for composure and not to persue those who were behind...

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Softbank’s fuel cell move highlights upswell in Asia

The announcement of Japan’s telecom and Internet giant, Softbank, signing up with US-company Bloom Energy to distribute stationary fuel-cell technology belies a cleantech sector that is quietly flourishing in Asia. Softbank and Bloom have created Bloom Energy Japan, a 50/50 partnership in which each is investing USD10 million. While sales of the new venture...

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Courts get tough on polluters but officials need re-education

As a web of official crossed-lines continues to permeate China’s pollution policies, environmentalists are taking heart in some serious sentences for pollution handed down by courts across Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. As we reported last week, China is facing an up-hill battle over water pollution but optimists will take heart from jailing 13 people...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media on a near daily basis. New studies are showing the damaging effects of contamination are worse than previously thought and more widespread: only 22 percent of underground water in the...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to investment from Chinese companies. This has turned to bitterness, like a liberating army becoming an occupying force. Even with struggling solar and wind sectors, China has become the dominant global...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States, disrupting the lives of millions while chalking up to USD45 billion worth of damage, and yet neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change or flagged it as a policy imperative. Throughout...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case of Liberia is simply the latest in a long list of allegations of corruption, tax avoidance and evasion and ecological terrorism against the company, which hides behind shady subsidiaries and...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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