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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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Cleantech Job Growth: California Leads the Way

By Tracy Crawford
February 25, 2009
File under: Business News, clean energy, Clean Tech, Design & Innovation, Invest Green


A lot has been reported this past week about the growth in cleantech jobs in California over the latter part of 2008. Cleantech seems to be providing a small bit of relief to California’s economy at the moment.

While job loss in Silicon Valley has risen in the last year, capital invested into cleantech companies and green technology research has boomed at the same time.

The term cleantech covers a range of industries in the green sector some of which include renewable energy (solar, wind, biofuels, etc.), electronic and computing innovations, environmental safety (household cleaning products, for example), automotive engineering, LEED construction, and creating a smart grid. …read more of Cleantech Job Growth: California Leads the Way here

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Kenya to get 30% of Electricity from Wind Generation

By Terrence Murray
January 29, 2009
File under: Business News, clean energy, Invest Green


As the world creeps further into a global, and what’s looking like a lasting recession, a series of countries are coming out with ambitious, green-themed stimulus packages in an attempt to stabilize their sagging economies.

Over the past week the U.S., Canada, Norway, and China are some of the countries that have committed public money to green energy as part of their respective economic stimulus packages.

A growing awareness of climate issues is pushing these investments. And that’s good. Yet these countries are able to go green because they can afford the technology.

As previously reported on this blog, green energy remains an expensive proposition that the world’s poorer countries can’t afford. …read more of Kenya to get 30% of Electricity from Wind Generation here

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Save Energy Now

By Loretta White
January 26, 2009
File under: Business News, clean energy, Clean Tech, Design & Innovation, Green Practices, Invest Green


The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Technology Program’s (ITP’s) Save Energy Now (SEN) initiative is kicking off its third successful year.

Three companies have already saved $1.5Mil and the goal is to drive a 25% reduction in U.S. industrial energy by 2017. It began in 2006 and led to the conservation of over 52 trillion British thermal units (Btu) per annum of natural gas. The program has just received new wind and ties in with the existing initiatives such as this and the US Energy Star program has just been revived.

This program has been tremendously successful in helping American businesses and manufacturing facilities save energy, save money and band together. See case studies.

The SEN program conducts Energy Saving Assessments or ESA’s of the most energy-intensive plants and works with partners to find energy-saving solutions. …read more of Save Energy Now here

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