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March 13, 2019

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

 

This week we look at why students all across New Zealand and all over the world are talking about protesting instead of attending class tomorrow. Also, we look at the impact of 'green' finance and why banks are offering lower lending rates to certain companies. We also cover: some exciting new innovations coming out of the Geneva Motor Show, the natural resource demand of green technologies and the environmental impacts of the palm oil industry. Lastly, we have a novel innovation that is helping kids in Africa stay in school. 

 

By the time you open this issue of SnippETS, it might already be Friday 15th March. If so, you may be noticing a number of young students on the streets carrying banners protesting at the lack of action on climate change. As Year 11 student Keira Malan says "If we don't take real action soon, then really, we're all doomed". The protests have received support and endorsements from teachers, parents and a number of MPs, including the Climate Change Minister James Shaw. Read more.....

 

 

 

But why the reluctance to take action? Mounting evidence shows that companies with a focus on sustainability or ESG issues financially outperform others. We are now seeing these organisations who have already made sustainability strides being rewarded by lower lending rates. Green and sustainability-linked loans reached $36.4 billion while green bond issuance topped $182 billion in 2018 according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Read more.....