Elion House at All-Energy Australia 2017

Chief Innovation Officer, Benjamin Khoo, was invited to speak at All-Energy Australia (11-12 October, 2017) – Australia’s most comprehensive renewable and clean energy event in Melbourne on next-generation solar and clean-energy technologies.  

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36 US cities have now committed to 100% renewables

22 June 2017 North America, COP 23, Policy, Smart Cities, Sustainable Energy The cities of Sarasota in Florida, and Columbia in South Carolina, have committed to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club.  On Monday 19 June, the Sarasota City Commission adopted a new goal of increasing the share of renewables in Sarasota’s power mix to 100 per cent by 2045. The move makes Sarasota the second city in Florida...

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ELION HOUSE @ AsianInvestor Insurance Forum 2017 sponsored by Invesco

Elion House Chief Innovation Officer, Benjamin Khoo, speaks alongside Invesco and BSR at the AsianInvestor Insurance Forum 2017 sponsored by Invesco at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong. “Over the last 25 years in cleantech and financial engineering, I have noticed a convergence of science and consciousness. As new technologies continue to disrupt the world, it is time to rethink concepts of technology, business, and finance, using them as...

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ELION HOUSE @ 2017 Annual Borrowers & Investors Forum in Singapore by AsianInvestor

Chief Innovation Officer, Benjamin Khoo, spoke on the infrastructure panel in Singapore (24th May) on how sustainable infrastructure is becoming a very significant asset class for institutional investors driven by record negative interest rates, the Paris Agreement, and a growing demand for new assets with a low correlation to other assets and the economy. Furthermore, with the Paris Agreement now in force, he talked about portfolio...

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Tesla Overtakes Ford & GM in Market Value

A timely article demonstrating the in​trinsic power of emerging tech (& early investing) and on a new-found predisposition of global markets and institutional investors towards aggressively “valuing a greener future” around environmental, social, governance (ESG-compliant) investments and to decarbonise their  investment ​portfolios. Tesla (~$52 billion) recently overtook Ford & GM in market value, – for the...

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Norway’s $863 billion wealth fund bans 52 coal-linked firms

By Stine Jacobsen OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s $863 billion (£610.3 billion) sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, said on Thursday it had sold shares in 52 coal-dependent companies from its portfolio as part of a policy to fight climate change. A Reuters calculation showed the stakes sold were worth at least $1 billion at the end of 2014, before the fund started big divestments from coal. The biggest holdings included a $188 million...

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The Growth of the Responsible Investment Industry

The Growth of the Responsible Investment Industry By Richard Turley Socially responsible, ethical, sustainable are all buzz words in the investment industry at the moment. A niche area only a few years ago, new ethically focused products and funds are popping into existence at a rapid rate, while mainstream funds are increasingly trying to keep up by integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards into their investment...

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Top lobbying group in historic green energy U-turn

Energy UK, which represents big six providers, says it now supports phasing out coal-fired stations, after years of defending use of fossil fuels The UK’s biggest energy lobbying group has shifted its position on green energy and will start campaigning for low-carbon alternatives for the first time, in what environmental campaigners are describing as a watershed moment. Lawrence Slade, the chief executive of Energy UK, which...

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Sumitomo to Probe $1.8 Billion in Shale And Coal Losses

Sumitomo Corp. (8053) will set up a special investigation into how it lost almost $1.8 billion in Texas shale oil and Australian coal mining. The probe comes after the company, Japan’s fourth-biggest trading house, cut its annual profit forecast by 96 percent after writing down the value of the two investments. Most of the losses were incurred at the shale oil project it shares with Devon Energy Corp. (DVN) of the U.S. “I didn’t expect the...

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The Limits of Climate Negotiations

  WORLD AFFAIRS JEFFREY D. SACHS Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is also Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. His books include The End of Poverty and Common Wealth. JUN 23, 2014 NEW YORK – If the world is to solve the climate-change crisis, we will need a...

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EU Leaders to Set 2030 Carbon Principles, Delbeke Says

By Ewa Krukowska – Jun 13, 2014 European Union heads of state will seek to agree on general principles on 2030 climate and energy policies at their summit in October, according to Jos Delbeke, director general for climate at the European Commission. Detailed measures on how to implement post-2020 strategy will be proposed by the EU’s regulatory arm after leaders reach a political deal, he said in an interview in Luxembourg...

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Myanmar Awards 20 Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration Tenders

By Sophie Song@SophieXSong on March 26 2014 3:42 PM Myanmar has finally awarded tenders to explore for oil and gas in its 20 offshore blocks to international energy companies, including Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE:RDS.A), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and Total SA (NYSE:TOT), a positive sign for the future of Myanmar’s energy industry. “Considering the winning bidders include some household name international oil companies and prominent...

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Whether it’s Burma or Myanmar, its oil and natural gas sector is open for business

By James Bourne | December 3, 2013 12:01 AM  Many people are only just getting used to the idea that Burma is now called Myanmar, that after almost 50 years of military rule it is moving quickly toward full democracy and that, following the easing of US and EU sanctions, it is open for business. But in Asia, the rich business opportunities in Myanmar are well understood. The former capital Yangon is a construction site as, and to the dismay of...

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Burma comes in from the cold, gold and all

  Victoria Bruce  Published: August 11, 2012 – 3:00AM AS POST-SANCTION Burma opens for business, Australian companies are eyeing investment opportunities in the country’s unexploited mineral reserves. The sector is receiving a gold rush of interest from Australian miners wanting to unlock the country’s rich mineral wealth. While the impoverished south-east Asian nation of Burma, also known as Myanmar, has a long...

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