01.04.2014 The green bond market is blooming
SEB, one of the top Nordic corporate banks, forecasts that green bonds will account for 10–15 percent of the corporate bond markets by 2020. “Raising money earmarked for green business development can be a significant step on the way to a new, more sustainable way of thinking and doing business,” says Pasi Rinne, Chairman of the Board at Gaia.
With the right support measures, small and medium sized companies can reduce their environmental impact and boost their bottom line with improved energy efficiency.
Gaia ja Nuorten akatemia uudistavat ympäristöhankkeiden arviointimenetelmiä. Gaia vastaa ympäristöministeriön vihreän talouden kokeiluhankkeiden arvioinnista vuonna 2014, ja Nuorten Akatemia on rekrytoinut arvioinnin havainnoijiksi 18 nuorta opiskelijaa eri puolilta Suomea.
Recycling-based waste disposal systems can be a financially competitive solution to waste incineration: they can create more tax income, jobs and trade surplus.
– Switching to ground source heat pumps would improve Finland’s trade balance by 260 million euros
Gaia selvitti Energiateollisuus ry:n pyynnöstä, kuinka EU:n valmistelussa olevat kiinteiden biopolttoaineiden kestävyyskriteerit voivat vaikuttaa puu- ja metsätähdepohjaisten polttoaineiden saatavuuteen ja kuinka uusiin kestävyyskriteereihin voidaan valmistautua.
Indonesia and Norway formed a transformational partnership in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and peatland degradation in Indonesia. The partnership consists of Norway’s offer of one billion dollars to be paid against verified results, Indonesia’s commitment to cut its emissions, and regular review of progress by Gaia. The results so far suggest that significant greenhouse gas cuts are possible but require leadership, technical capacity and commitment to innovative solutions.
The average global temperature may rise 4 degrees by the end of the century, if greenhouse gas emissions keep growing at current rate. In Finland, it would bring about a 6-degree temperature rise by 2100. If this is the case, global warming will threaten Finland’s prosperity, food provision and services and may cause social unrest, says a report produced by The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Gaia Consulting.
Gaia has worked with the Finnish Ministry of the Environment in preparing a new national Commitment to Sustainable Development, which was launched on December 3rd. The commitment enables the Finnish government and administration, along with Finnish companies, organizations, political and academic communities and individuals to make their own pledges to promote sustainable development.
Lahti Corporate Cleantech Venture Day brought together over 200 corporate, investor and small and medium enterprise representatives to discuss the role of corporations in cleantech business. Gaia’s report ordered by LADEC for the conference participants analyzes how corporations can boost cleantech innovations and cleantech startups. A win-win situation is possible.