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Europe Increases Energy Profits While Reducing Emissions

The good news in the European Commission’s “Second Report on the State of the Energy Union” has almost been lost amid the angst over the future of the European Union. The report finds that “renewable energy is now cost-competitive and sometimes cheaper than fossil fuels, employs over one million people in Europe, attracts more investments than many other sectors, and has reduced our fossil fuels imports bill by €16 billion.” These facts support the report’s assertion that Europe is on track to meet its ambitious 2020 energy and climate targets. And its larger perspective conclusion is truly eye opening: during 1990 to 2015, the EU’s combined GDP grew by 50% while total emissions fell by 22%. Now that’s a bottom line that adds up to both literal profits and air-clearing benefits.

John Howell, Editorial Director

ReportAlert: Twinings publishes 2016 Social Impact Report.

News & Blogs

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The financial crisis of 2008 was marked by an excessive focus on short term profits, aggressive acceptance of higher risks, and an erosion of trust between institutions and consumers. The positive outcome of that crisis has been a growing recognition of values-based investment decision criteria, and an increasing consideration of ESG issues in investment decisions and services offered by financial institutions.


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The Global Impact Investing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recent reports of domestic violence have more than doubled in Russia following the Government’s reduced punishment for spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one. The shift has also sparked outrage from human rights groups around the world. The Duma – the lower house of the Russian Parliament – passed the bill last month, which has been signed off by Mr. Putin.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Digital technology is gradually turning the dream of financial inclusion in the developing world into a reality. User-friendly financial apps and mobile banking are empowering citizens in remote regions to participate in the financial economy and improve their lives.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Amid the doom and gloom of most news outlets, Bill and Melinda Gates are sounding out some good news in their 2017 Annual Letter. Why are they happy? Because they say humanity is witnessing the faste​st​ progress ever in global heath and poverty reduction.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Increasing demand for a more socially responsible, purpose-driven finance has led to the emergence of innovative approaches to impact investing. Although impact investing began many years ago as a niche activity practiced by large philanthropists, it is now spearheaded by a wide range of impact investment funds that are committed to the larger global goal of building a sustainable world.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) –Transgender is high on the American news and political agenda right now. In January, the country’s new immigrant detention centre, Prairieland, opened in Texas as a unit for transgender detainees, especially designed to protect them. However, some question whether holding transgender people in a detached, remote location will do more harm than good.


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