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Private Investment in Green Companies Tops $2 Trillion

By Colton Dirksen
March 1, 2011
File under: Business News, Clean Tech, Invest Green

By SustainableBusiness at Matter Network

Private investments in green companies and technologies since 2007 now total more than $2 trillion globally, according to a new report.

Ethical Markets Media says the figure is significant because many studies indicate that investing $1 trillion annually until 2020 will accelerate the Green Transition worldwide to the necessary levels. This updated 2010 finding–noted in the Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS)–puts global renewable energy investing and countries on track to reach the $10 trillion in investments goal by 2020.

The figure represents non-government investments and commitments for all facets of green markets.

“This new total is remarkable in spite of economic uncertainty. It indicates that the global transition away from the 300-year fossil-fueled Industrial Era is accelerating toward the cleaner, greener, information-rich economies of the 21st century,” Hazel Henderson, president of Ethical Markets Media said.

Timothy Nash, M.Sc., Senior Advisor to Ethical Markets Media, adds, “This over $2 trillion total does not include nuclear, ‘clean’ coal or CCS, nor biofuels from food or agricultural sources, which we consider unsustainable.”

The figure also does not include deals under $100 million, which numbered in the thousands, according to Rosalinda Sanquiche, Ethical Markets Media’s Executive Director and editor of the Green Transition Scoreboard report.

Reprinted with permission from Sustainable Business

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“Does Asia really challenge the U.S. for Green Tech Supremacy?!”

By Loretta White
July 2, 2009
File under: Business News, Business Profiles, Carbon Emissions, clean energy, Clean Tech, Consumer Awareness, Economy, Green Jobs, Green Practices, Health, Invest Green, Non-Sustainable Products, Waste


Our editor sent me a link to a Time Magazine article titled “Asia Challenges the U.S. for Green Tech Supremacy”
I was enraged at the shallowness of this thought process. Having worked within global manufacturing for over fifteen years. I have seen the “new pink,” the buzz words that become the focus of corporations.

Spoken by the CEO’s to boards, stockholders and management; like “outsource,” ‘DIVERSITY,” “Supply Chain,” all of which have been great ideas that turned scapegoats; used for the purpose of getting a tax advantage, saving money, all about the stock price today. Nothing considered as to the long term ramifications. And this article is that one-dimensional.

With this knowledge, knowing others have similar insights I am throwing this out there to start a discussion. …read more of “Does Asia really challenge the U.S. for Green Tech Supremacy?!” here

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Google and the Grid

By Tracy Crawford
March 25, 2009
File under: Business News, clean energy, Clean Tech, Consumer Awareness, Sustainable Products


Google has teamed up with GE to bring us up-close and personal to the smart grid. They’re developing a personal energy information application called the Google PowerMeter that will show us our energy consumption in near real-time.

We will know how much energy we’re using, which appliance is using more energy, and find out once-and-for-all just how much energy and money we save by unplugging all of those appliances not in use.

A leader in the Silicon Valley internet technology industry starting from modest beginnings with a well-designed search engine, Google is betting we’ll better understand our energy usage by the information we receive from the PowerMeter than what we currently find on our utility bills. …read more of Google and the Grid here

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Clean Energy Investment Up 22% in 2008

By Terrence Murray
March 15, 2009
File under: Business News, Clean Tech


2008 has turned out to be a banner year for clean energy investments by venture capital, which increased 22% from $2.7 billion in 2007 to $3.3 billion in 2008, according to data published by market research firm Clean Edge.

As a percent of total venture capital investments, energy tech grew nearly 30% , from 9.1% of all investments in 2007 to 11.8% in 2008. That’s quite a jump when considering that in 2000, energy tech represented just a half a percent of all venture capital investments.

But given the economic slowdown, investment levels this year are likely to drop.“To a large extent, the clean-energy industry has been a good-news story — what other industry has sustained annual growth rates exceeding 30% for the past decade? But the clean-energy industry is not immune to the forces impacting the overall economy. …read more of Clean Energy Investment Up 22% in 2008 here

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Clean Energy, A Buyers Market

By Terrence Murray
March 12, 2009
File under: Business News, Clean Tech


When credit tightens — as it has over the past few months — companies looking for capital have a couple of options: They can sell shares or they can sell assets.

Given the Dow Jones’ nosedive over the past few weeks a share offering is not likely. That leaves an asset sale, albeit most likely, at a steep discount.

That’s what Baltimore-based Municipal Mortgage & Equity did last week when it announced that it would sell a portion of its renewable energy business for $19.7 million to Fotowatio, a Madrid-based developer of solar generation projects in Europe and the U.S. …read more of Clean Energy, A Buyers Market here

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