Smart cities – powered by renewable energy


‘Smart city’ is a term which has created a lot of buzz recently, and has been embraced by the media and governments alike.  Technologists are excited about the lives we could live in the connected urban metropolises of the future. But underpinning this is the opportunity for us to redesign our cities in a way that not only streamlines everything from transport to healthcare, but which also allow us to power them forward with sustainability initiatives. Renewable energy technologies should be at the forefront of smart city development, in order to create a more efficient economy for the low-carbon future. And with UN figures showing that world’s urban population is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045, bringing with it the risk of overpopulation as well as dangerous levels of pollution and congestion, this is an enormous opportunity for policy makers, investors and innovators to transform our cities now.

Some cities have already embraced clean energy sources such as solar parks and wind turbines to become truly ‘smart’. For instance, Dubai plans to have solar panels on every rooftop by 2030, which will help to power buildings as well as a network of electric car charging stations. The cities’ authorities will be able to monitor electricity usage and generation in real time through smart meters, and so will be able to anticipate highs and lows in consumption, in order to manage reserves.


The race for sustainable investment in the ‘Post – Paris’ landscape


Nigel Labram, Investment Strategist at Low Carbon, reflects on the first ‘test’ for the Paris deal and how the investor community can combat the negative effects of climate change through sustainable investment 

It’s certainly been a ‘big’ month for the global renewable energy industry with the news that 175 countries put ink to paper and signed the historic Paris climate deal on Earth Day 2016. The case for sustainable investment – investing in cleaner energy sources – has never seemed quite so compelling for today’s savvy UK investor community.


Investing in renewable energy infrastructure: a global effort


Louise Ward, Investor Relations Director at Low Carbon discusses the pillars supporting the trend towards sustainable investment

Over the past couple of years, divestment has become a global movement which has significantly gathered pace. And with high-profile individuals, governments and businesses such as the Rockefeller Institute and Facebook continuing to jump on the bandwagon, it’s looking as though sustainable investment – divesting stocks and equity from fossil fuels and into climate solutions such as solar parks – is the logical next step. But what are the pillars currently in place that can support this trend?


Climate change investment


Divestment or reallocation of capital? Investment risk or opportunity?

Carbon Tracker[i] has successfully articulated the financial risks that a 2o C climate change scenario could have on the demand for fossil fuels and hence the potential impact on associated equity valuations. The 2o Investing Initiative (2ii)[ii] has highlighted that investing in an equity index such as the MSCI World Index will leave you over-exposed to fossil fuels and under-exposed to renewables and electric/hybrid vehicles – two vital sectors that need investment to ensure alignment to a 2o scenario.

How should investors react to these risks and what investment options are available to them?


Climate Finance in the age of oil price volatility


Louise Ward, Investor Relations Director at Low Carbon discusses the current volatility of oil prices and how investments into climate change solutions can present strong returns

One only has to scan the headlines to see how global oil prices are rapidly fluctuating. Recent research from trading house Banc De Binary found that the oil and gas industry has spent £10bn over the last year in an effort to protect dividends. Moreover, the value of assets and cash held by oil and gas companies listed on the London Stock Exchange has significantly decreased (from £151.8bn in February last year to £141.5bn today). It is clear that the falling price of oil is contributing to uncertainty amongst the global investor community.