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Boring conservation finance products get investors excited

Climate Finance Fund managers and investment advisors are increasingly attracted to the stable yields from investments in sustainable agriculture, forestry and water. “Capital markets like boring,” writes Credit Suisse’s Fabian Huwyler in his report on last month’s Conservation Finance conference. Investor interest is growing for sustainable and organic agriculture, sustainable forestry, land management and water investments

Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond raises $384 million for ‘employers of choice’

Women Rising Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond has raised $384 million for ‘employers of choice.’ Funds raised from the National Australia Bank’s five-year gender equality bonds will be used to “refinance loans made to a portfolio of businesses” that are recognized by the Australian government for their commitment to boosting female leadership and closing the gender

Climate action under the Paris Agreement is an economic gain, not drain

Climate Finance As the Trump administration effectively pulls back from the global climate accord, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows how much the world stands to gain by staying the course. Meeting the Paris goals represents a $19 trillion economic boost through 2050, or an 0.8 percent bump in global GDP,

Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond raises $384 million for ‘employers of choice’

Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond has raised $384 million for ‘employers of choice.’ Funds raised from the National Australia Bank’s five-year gender equality bonds will be used to “refinance loans made to a portfolio of businesses” that are recognized by the Australian government for their commitment to boosting female leadership and closing the gender pay gap.

BlackRock launches euro-based green bond fund

Climate Finance BlackRock has launched a euro-based green bond fund. “A few specific clients” prompted the global asset manager to scope the new fund last year, according to BlackRock’s Ashley Schulten (paywall). We don’t know how big the fund will be, but it will track the MSCI/Barclays/Bloomberg index of “investment-grade corporate, government-related, treasury and securitised bonds”

Global growth appears to be decoupling from carbon emissions

Climate Finance Cuts by the U.S. and China emission helped keep global carbon dioxide emissions steady for the third straight year. The world’s two largest CO2 emitters are making steep course corrections: a three percent cut from the U.S. and a one percent cut from China, according to the International Energy Agency. The cuts came from the

The future of large-scale battery storage deployments may have arrived

Climate Finance When Elon Musk promised to deliver 100-megawatts of battery power-storage in 100 days to South Australia — via Twitter — he disclosed for the first time Tesla’s pricing for its battery packs: $250 per kilowatt hour when deployed on a large scale (see, “Elon Musk may be on the hook for battery power in Australia”). At that