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Two sides of the same coin? – Cryptocurrency’s complicated relationship with ESG

On 31st October this year, Bitcoin turned 13 years old, and the question to be asked is whether crypto is an ESG Halloween terror or a solution to an age-old horror movie conundrum. Crypto has surged in recent years, with investors looking for a faster, more secure, transaction method. The big question for ESG investors…
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Tesla: Time to Put on the Brakes?

Since it went public in 2010, Tesla Motors Inc.’s (TSLA’s) stock price has always been controversial, but over the past fortnight, the issue has been debated with increasing intensity. After trading hours closed on October 20th, the company released its much-anticipated third-quarter earnings report. With earnings of 1.86 USD per share, up an impressive 146%…
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TSMC: Driving the Technology Sector Forwards

Inside nearly every electronic device are tiny fragments of silicon, called semiconductors, which are crucial for the appliance to function. This makes them the backbone of the modern world, and the technology sector are forever demanding them to be smaller and more efficient. However, in this sector, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) rise above the…
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What does Joe Biden’s spending bill mean for climate change?

When Joe Biden was running as the Democrat nominee for President, he promised a massive spending bill that aimed at expanding social services and investing in climate change initiatives. However, in an effort at compromise and to secure the required votes to pass, the bill has been streamlined. Despite the reduction, it is still historic…
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Evergrande Narrowly Avoids Default Twice in a Week

On the 21st October 2021, one day before their 30-day grace period from a missed payment deadline ended, Chinese construction firm the Evergrande Group paid 83.5 million USD to debt trustee Citibank.  With over 300 billion USD in debt, they are struggling to pay its suppliers and creditors. The 83.5 million USD payment was earmarked…
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What lessons can electric vehicle manufacturers learn from Hyundai’s costly recall?

On 24th February, Hyundai announced the recall of over 82,000 electric vehicles, at a cost of 900 million USD, in what has been deemed the most expensive recall of electric vehicles to date. The recall was made after a fault related to the battery pack caused vehicle fires, which raised concerns over customer safety. Despite…
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Does Nuclear-Power Generation still have a Role to Play in the Future of Clean Energy?

On March 11th, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 – 9.1 MW struck the North Eastern Coast of Japan, triggering tsunami waves that reached up to 40.5 metres. The force and the height of these waves caused mass destruction; the tsunami infiltrated the mainland resulting in approximately 15,000 deaths, whilst flooding the Fukushima Daiichi power…
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EU taking their first step to wash away greenwashing from within financial institutions

The new Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR), which came into effect on March 10th, will impact financial institutions, EU entities, and Non-EU entities that have EU subsidiaries. These new obligations aim to reduce greenwashing by requiring firms to disclose how sustainable they are and reveal comparable metrics related to their sustainability. The new SFDR will…
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IOSCO commits to a Global Sustainability Standards Board

Last week the International Organisation of Securities Commissions Organisation (IOSCO), a global association of regulatory agencies for securities, reiterated their support for developing a global framework for sustainability standards. In a recent media release, they recognised the need for “globally consistent, comparable, and reliable sustainability disclosure standards” and introduced their plan to develop a Sustainability…
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BP: Sustainability Leaders or Snake Oil Salesmen?

CERAWeek by IHS Market, an annual global energy conference based in Texas, convened on March 1st, 2021 with a renewed focus on the ongoing green energy transition. The decarbonisation trend has, in recent years, largely eluded the oil and gas industry, leading to a decline in share prices for traditional multinationals such as Royal Dutch…
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