- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Environmental & Social Risk Management: What Your Bank Wants to Know
Banks are increasingly incorporating social and environmental factors in their screening of corporate clients, and the reasons for these actions and the implications for businesses can vary widely depending on the financial institution. Screening for environmental and social risks for project finance is reasonably developed. However, as more banks enact new policies and procedures that require evaluation of a client's environmental, social, and governance performance before advancing corporate loans, how are these policies being implemented and what are the implications for the broader business community?
Andy Broderick, Vice President of Community Investment, Vancity, Canada
Paul Clements-Hunt, Founder, The Blended Capital Group, Switzerland
Arnaud Cohen Stuart, Manager of Business Ethics, ING Groep, the Netherlands
Sandra Odendahl, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada