Investment News: Sustainable Now Outperforming Traditional – Morgan Stanley Report

Investing in sustainability usually meets and often exceeds the performance of comparable traditional investments, both on an absolute and risk-adjusted basis, across asset classes and over time, according to a new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The Sustainable Reality report reviewed 10,228 open-end mutual funds and 2,874 separately managed accounts over the last seven years. It found that sustainable equity mutual funds met or exceeded the median return of traditional equity funds for 64pc of the time periods examined.  Sustainable equity mutual funds also had equal or lower median volatility for 64pc of the time periods examined. For the longest time period (seven years trailing, 2008-2014),…

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KPMG launches guide for green bond issuers

A new guide for private and public sector organisations aimed at overcoming common challenges around issuing green bonds has been published by KPMG. Valued at $37bn in 2014, the market for green bonds is expected to reach $100bn this year, with a third of the market comprising organisations in the energy and utilities, consumer goods and real estate sectors. Green bonds are typically used to raise capital to fund green activities with an environmental benefit, such as renewable energy, low carbon transport or forestry projects. The publication ‘ Gearing up for Green Bonds ’ provides an overview of evolving green bond frameworks and standards including the Green Bond Principles, Climate Bonds Standard and green bond…

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Change leaders: Mairead Healy and Future Voices


Change leaders: Mairead Healy and Future Voices For young people in Ireland, obtaining a third-level degree has arguably never been more important. According to the National Youth Council of Ireland, Ireland had one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the EU during the recession. Even as the economy improves, shrunken retail and construction sectors mean that non-degree holders are the first to be left behind in a competitive job market. Recent statistics from the Department of Education are hopeful, with over 90pc of students sitting their Leaving Cert in 2013 and 2014. However, students from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds still lag behind their peers in this measure: in Ireland’s…

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Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2015 Launches

Broadcaster Dàithì Ó Sé helped to launch the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2015. He was on hand to do the task with the help of some little ‘Dell’ daffodil buds, Olivia McGowan, Lola Pastrana and Robyn Coleman in Fitzgerald Park in Cork. The Irish Cancer Society , with lead partner Dell, is calling for more support than ever for Daffodil Day as demand for support and services increases with growth in cancer incidence. Daffodil Day will take place on Friday, 27 March 27, 2015. It is all about the fight against cancer and selling daffodils on the streets in order to not just raise money, but also to raise awareness. While it can seem odd…

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Datapac renews sponsorship deal with Wexford Festival Trust to the tune of €75k

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford based ICT solutions provider Datapac has renewed its sponsorship deal with Wexford Festival Trust, which is valued at €75,000 over three years. The Wexford Festival Trust produces the annual Wexford Festival Opera, which is one of Ireland’s longest established arts and cultural events, founded in 1951. Its next festival will take place from 21 October to 1 November in Wexford Opera House, recently officially recognised as Ireland’s national opera house. Ticket sales are expected to be well in excess of 20,000. As the festival’s exclusive IT and telecommunications partner since 2008, Datapac is upgrading existing IT infrastructures and delivering additional new technologies to support planned growth of…

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New clean energy investment up 12pc in 2014

New investment in the global clean energy sector totalled US$67.9bn in Q4 2014, up 4pc on the same quarter in 2013 (US$65.2bn), according to new figures. Online financial news and data service Clean Energy Pipeline said total investment for 2014 increased 12pc year-on-year to US$274.2bn, the highest annual investment volume since 2011. “Last year the clean energy industry really demonstrated its resilience,” said Douglas Lloyd, CEO of Clean Energy Pipeline. “Despite a reduction in subsidies in Europe’s major renewable energy markets and very competitive natural gas prices in the US, investment in the global clean energy sector registered its first annual increase since 2011.”The figures reveal that clean energy project…

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Sweden Emerges From Recession and Man Up Campaign Going Global


Great news, Sweden’s economy as emerged from its recession and the outlook is positive across all financial factors. Man Up, an Irish-created campaign to highlight the positive role that men can play in ending violence against women, has been adapted, translated and is being launched in Sweden to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Swedish rollout is the first country ‘syndication’ of Man Up, which has been gaining global attention since it was launched by Safe Ireland last month. The online Man Up film has attracted over 80,000 views from nearly 80 countries in just a few weeks. Following international interest, Safe Ireland has now…

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Bus powered on human sewerage running from Bath to Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport City of Bristol

A bus powered on human waste took to the road in the UK this week with engineers believing it could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport and cutting carbon emissions. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that’s unfit for human consumption, helps to improve urban air quality as it produces fewer emissions than traditional diesel engines. The bus can travel up to 300km on a full tank of gas generated at Bristol sewage treatment works – a plant run by Geneco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water. This week Geneco became the first company in the UK to start…

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Coca-Cola Zero Bikes scheme to go live in Galway, Limerick and Cork over the next six weeks

The Coca-Cola Zero Bikes scheme is to be rolled out in Galway, Limerick and Cork between now and Christmas. The Galway launch will take place on Monday 24 November and will be followed by Limerick going live on Monday 8 December and the Cork on Thursday 18 December. The National Transport Authority said today that people can pre-register now so they can use the bikes as soon as they are live on the streets. Customers who pre-register will also get a 50pc discount, receiving a special offer of €5 for an annual subscription.  This special offer will be available until the end of 2014. When a customer registers for an…

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Increasing business resilience through supply chain risk mitigation at Centrica

David Wylie

Increasing business resilience through supply chain risk mitigation at CentricaPictured: David Wylie In 2011, UK energy company Centrica – which bought Bord Gáis Energy for €1.1bn earlier this year – introduced a responsible procurement programme that seeks to mitigate the potentially adverse impacts of social and environmental risks within its growing supply chain. According to the procurement director, David Wylie, through the programme the company works with its suppliers to get a granular understanding of their supply chains and their key risk areas, and to put processes in place to improve operating standards. “We work with the ethos that it’s not about finding gaps in the supply chain, it’s about…

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