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Green Bonds Market Update: $44.2 Billion to Date, 2016

It looks to be a record year for green bonds. From January 1 through July of this year, issuance of the purpose-driven financial products totaled $44.2 billion, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. The total for all of 2015 was $41.8 billion, Green bonds target qualified green building and sustainable design projects, and —here’s the bottom line attraction—are tax exempt. Leading Issuers include the European Investment Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank, and new entities such as India’s Axis Bank and the China Industrial Bank. Private companies are joining in, too, including Toyota, Apple, and Starbucks. At a time of low interest rates, sagging hedge fund returns, and an uncertain global economic climate, green bonds seem like a solid bet.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – CEOs have the ultimate responsibility to lead, inform and manage the implementation of their company’s strategic goals and business plans. To make a transition to a more sustainable world, CEOs must play a crucial role by integrating ESG factors into corporate decision-making, and commit to structure their governance processes and business practices in line with a vision to improve global sustainability.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - ​There has always been a controversy around the ethanol in relation to its environmental credentials. Detractors say it could actually be worse than fossil fuel while supporters ​claim that​, by and large, it ​can help ​clean​ up transportation​, a major source of emissions that cause global warming.


2 days 1 hour ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Powerful forces are reshaping the banking industry, where the time is ripe for banks to reimagine their role in society and recognise their potential to create change to generate business value by creating social value. One such financial institution that is being noted for its commitment and innovative approach to facilitating solutions to pressing issues is JPMorgan Chase & Co.


2 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Mars​, ​owner of iconic brands in petcare, chocolate, food​ and d​rinks, has released the latest version of its Principle in Action Summary in which it highlights its progress to reach targets related to sustainability, health and well​-​being, food safety and responsible marketing.


3 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Agricultural robots are a part of precision agriculture, which hold the promise to improve sustainable farming practices. From sensors to drones to satellite imagery to better software management for people and equipment, advancements in precision agriculture are enabling growers to use less pesticide, less water, produce less waste, and improve the environmental sustainability of agriculture.


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GM Global Renwable Manager Rob Threlkeld at Rochester Array(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week General Motors unveiled a new 466 kW solar array at its Rochester Operations plant in Rochester, New York. The array is expected to provide 570,420 kWh of electricity per year. According to Plant Manager Neal Evans, that’s approximately 3% of what the plant uses. The array is located in a parking lot which is no longer needed since the operation has downsized. It’s equivalent to the energy used by 57 homes.


5 days 1 hour ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – More than 95 percent of the approximately 280 million egg-laying hens in America are confined to barren “battery” cages. These small cages are crowded, depriving the hens of being free, to do natural things such as explore, nest, perch or simply stretch their wings.


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