Triodos tops global table as most active lead arranger for financing of renewable energy projects

Triodos Bank has topped the Clean Energy Pipeline Global League Table for number of clean energy deals in 2019, financing 73 deals worth a total $630 million (USD) across Europe. The deals incorporate onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, hydro and energy efficiency projects. This is the fifth year running that Triodos has topped the league table, released this week by Clean Energy Pipeline, demonstrating the bank’s commitment to volume, rather than simply size, of deals. Philip Bazin, energy sector lead at Triodos Bank UK, said: “We are proud to have…

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PRCA & PRWeek launch #PowerOfPR campaign as new research reveals industry’s importance to business

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has partnered with PRWeek to launch a new campaign highlighting the value of PR to business and society. The campaign comes as the PRCA publishes new research revealing eight of ten (82%) CEOs and CFOs from large companies view public relations as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ to protecting and strengthening corporate reputation. The study – commissioned by Yolo Comms – shows that public relations is represented at board-level at more than two-thirds (71%) of large companies. The joint campaign aims to showcase the…

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UNESCO and partners in education launch global campaign to keep girls in the picture

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest school closures and education disruption in history, with more than 1.5 billion students affected at the height of the crisis. Over 767 million of these students were girls. Now, another major challenge is looming. Over 11 million girls – from pre-primary to tertiary education – may not return to school in 2020. This alarming number not only threatens decades of progress made towards gender equality, but also puts girls around the world at risk of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, and violence.…

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Barnardo’s Scotland launches ‘B-Wild’ – connecting children young people and families to the outdoors

Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland in Partnership with Field Studies Council (FSC) has launched B-Wild, a new service which will offer children, young people and families the chance to access  outdoor learning opportunities, in recognition of the important role that a connection to nature and the outdoors can have on our health and wellbeing. Barnardo’s Scotland’s B-Wild service, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, will be available across six local authority areas through the charity’s existing services in Ayrshire, Falkirk, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.  With support from Field Studies…

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New Vodafone environmental targets: ‘We have an opportunity to reshape our future sustainably’

Vodafone recently announced that it will be running its European network on 100% renewable electricity by July 2021 – four years earlier than planned. The move, which will affect 11 markets across Europe, means that our power will come solely from wind, solar or hydro sources. The telecoms giant, which had originally pledged to have a ‘Green Gigabit Net’ by 2025, has also committed to helping its business customers reduce their carbon emissions by 350 million tonnes by 2030. Nick Read, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Group, said: “More than ever,…

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