More than $8.7 trillion of investment capital in U.S. markets is managed using environmental, social and governance factors, a 184 percent increase since 2010. Despite some lingering skepticism, new research shows sustainable investing is on a strong path forward.
Not a single fossil fuel company in the world discloses potential emissions from their reserves of oil, gas and coal – and that is a big problem.
The sustainable investing market has picked up steam over the past year. While, by some measures, the market is already large with $8.7 trillion in the U.S. and growing rapidly (385% growth since 2007; 1 in 5 U.S. investments), asset owners are increasingly screening for risks to their portfolios and looking for opportunities in clean energy markets.
When we talk to investors, one of their first questions is, "How do we make money in restoration?" This infographic shows four answers to that question.
Last week, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) convened in Songdo for its penultimate meeting in 2016. As the biggest multilateral climate fund to date, the GCF has a vital role to play in delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement.
A G20 communique on green finance and new national guidelines on greening China's financial system could help shift investments from high-carbon to low-carbon sectors.
The world spends about $50 billion on restoration and conservation every year. That's about $300 billion less than what's needed.
More and more companies are profiting through the “circular economy,” or an economic model by which waste is not just avoided, but completely re-envisaged.
Making our infrastructure cleaner and more sustainable could add as little as 5 percent to upfront costs, which could be fully offset by lower operating costs. WRI Board member and former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón reveals four ways to unlock capital for low-carbon infrastructure.
People watched closely when China launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) last year, with a mandate to be “lean, clean and green.” After its first annual general meeting and seminars this week, it appears that the AIIB is starting to move in a positive direction.
New WRI research comparing high-carbon and low-carbon investment in transportation shows that the low-carbon path offers potential savings of $300 billion a year and is within existing financial flows.
Investment in the transport sector has major economic and environmental impacts in both the developed and developing world.
Recent economic research estimates a $4.1 to 4.3 trillion annual investment gap between the urban infrastructure we have and the amount we need. That's why WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, C40 and the Citi Foundation are partnering to help cities around the world accelerate the implementation of low-carbon urban solutions.
Uruguay went from having virtually no wind generation in 2007 to installing the most wind per capita of any nation in 2014. New WRI research explores the country's smart use of climate finance, and offers lessons on how other nations can successfully transform their energy sectors.
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has committed to being "lean, clean and green." Will its new Environmental and Social Framework achieve that goal? Researchers Gaia Larsen and Sean Gilbert investigate.
In a few days, China will release its 13th Five-Year Plan, a new economic, social and environmental blueprint for the country's development through 2020. Recent signs show that the country is already beginning to shift toward a low-carbon pathway, and the new plan provides the opportunity to build on that progress.
China's overseas investment grew from $1 billion in 2004 to more than $30 billion in 2014. In many cases, it's come at a cost to Africa's forests and the people who rely on them.
Last December in Paris, 195 countries came together and adopted a landmark agreement on climate change.
Electricity for water treatment can be as much as one-third of a city's energy bill, and these "energy-water nexus" issues are becoming more and more concerning for businesses. A new GE and WRI report explores three innovative solutions for energy and water management.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer revealed 2016's top stories to watch when it comes to the environment, economy and sustainability.