Czech industry ministry signs memorandum to back country's first EV battery plant

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2021

€2bn battery factory to be built by state-owned utility CEZ with Germany's VW or South Korea's LG.

bneGREEN: EU takes carbon pricing initiative with CBAM

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

The EU on 14 July unveiled the details of its proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which aims to protect EU CO2 emitters from carbon leakage by making exporters to the EU market pay for the CO2 they produce.

bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

bneGREEN: BlackRock raises $250mn to fund climate transition in emerging markets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

BlackRock has raised $250mn from a consortium of ten institutional investors, governments and charities for its flagship blended finance fund, which aims to help emerging market economies reduce carbon emissions.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

Kazakhstan unveils ambitious green-hydrogen project

Zholdas Orisbayev for Eurasianet July 9, 2021

Kazakhstan hopes to build the world’s largest green-hydrogen project, which could – in the distant future – help Nur-Sultan meet its clean-energy promises.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

Four Southeast European countries commit to exiting coal energy

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 1, 2021

The step is most significant for Montenegro and North Macedonia, which generate around half of their electricity from coal.

bneGREEN: Hydro’s elderly turbines need fresh investment to contribute to net zero

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 30, 2021

Hydro needs new investment to replace elderly infrastructure and accelerate the road to net zero, the IEA says.

bneGREEN: the climbing cost of carbon

Richard Lockhart June 25, 2021

The cost of joining the global movement towards net zero is not yet fully known, and both governments and corporations with the highest levels of both greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity face the highest costs for carbon.

bneGREEN: Most green energy beats coal on price in 2020

Richard Lockhart June 24, 2021

162 GW, or 62%, of new renewable capacity was cheaper than new fossil fuel-fired generation in 2020

Slovenia issues €1bn debut sustainability bond

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2021

Slovenia is the first country in the Central and Eastern Europe region and the second in the EU after Luxembourg to issue a sustainability bond.

Albania launches first wind power tender

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

Tirana is seeking to set up wind and solar generation to reduce reliance on hydropower.

Gazprom confesses to several big methane leaks this year

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

Russia’s gas giant Gazprom has admitted to several large methane leaks this year, one of the most environmentally harmful gases, the company said over the weekend.

Erste Group arranges €51mn financing for first private wind project in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 20, 2021

North Macedonia aims to increase its national renewables capacity to above 50% by 2024.

ING: So what is a greenium and how do we get to it?

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2021

The existence of a "greenium" is mostly justified by higher demand for green bonds. We estimate the greenium for each curve separately, ensuring it is not polluted by other factors such as sector or maturity.

Russian internet major Yandex outlines ESG goals

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2021

Among Yandex's ESG priorities are reducing its carbon footprint, mainly from data centres and fuel use.

Central bank says 50% of Romanian bank loans bear climate change risk

bne IntelliNews June 10, 2021

Central bank official warns over banks' climate risk, saying 25.4% of non-government credits finance polluting businesses.

bneGREEN: IEA calls for $1 trillion of annual investment into clean energy in developing economies

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 9, 2021

Private finance is crucial if emerging economies are not to be left behind in the race to net zero, the IEA warns.

More than half of North Macedonia’s banks start providing green loans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 9, 2021

Most commercial banks in North Macedonia aim to increase the share of green loans in their portfolios, central bank survey finds.