For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ 2 Separately, Erlandsson slammed London-based HSBC in an open letter that was published by ESG news site Responsible Investor for “failing to engage” with the State Bank of India over the Carmichael financing, since it was one of the lead underwriters of the Indian lender’s green bond.In another instance, Erlandsson called out state-owned Japan Bank for International Cooperation for financing a coal plant in Vietnam. He criticized the bank’s lenders, HSBC and Barclays, for not disclosing the obvious climate risks to bond investors. Just two months after Erlandsson suggested investors blacklist it, the Japanese bank said in March that it had no plans to finance any new coal-power projects.Officials at HSBC and Barclays declined to comment.In his anti-greenwashing fervor, Erlandsson risks missing the mark.Again writing in Responsible Investor, Erlandsson said in February that Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd., part of the Adani group, had unduly profited from understating climate risks in its disclosure to environmental nonprofit CDP. A few weeks later, CDP responded with an article in the same publication calling his note “both unhelpful and misleading to anyone involved in the business of encouraging markets to use ESG data to make better investment decisions.”Erlandsson got his first taste of how financial markets can impact climate change while working as a portfolio manager at Swedish pension fund AP4, where he was an early investor in green bonds.Having since concluded that shorting the debt of polluters has at least as much, if not more, impact than going long climate do-gooders, he’s spent the last several years trying to launch a climate-focused credit hedge fund. He said seed investors had pledged to back him, but the fund management platform he planned to use decided at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic that the operational and legal structures were too challenging for such a product.With that plan on ice, Erlandsson launched a research and advocacy firm with financial backing from the Growald Family Fund, a foundation set up by Rockefeller family members focused on climate change.Erlandsson’s Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute is a climate activist that speaks the language of financial markets. It publishes everything from technical research on relative-value climate trades using credit derivatives to opinions on how the European Central Bank should structure its bond purchases to avoid financing carbon emissions. It’s also his soapbox to expose anything that smells of greenwashing.While he loves to expose hypocrisy, such as a company selling bonds to fund green projects while also lending to planet-destroying projects, he understands that being too confrontational could undermine his efforts to encourage fixed-income managers to support the climate transition.“At some point you become too much of a troublemaker that people don’t even listen to you: You become some sort of a Cassandra or a Boy Who Cried Wolf,” said Erlandsson. “I don’t want to be perceived as a blue-eyed Scandinavian pointing fingers at everyone else.”[More: Climate activist takes aim at Vanguard] “I see a lot of stuff that’s just intellectually inconsistent,” Erlandsson said. “When people are saying they’re doing the right thing and they’re not, then it really irks me.”By the time he called Amundi, several of the investors he spoke to had already raised the issue with the money manager and threatened to sell their shares in the EGO fund unless Amundi either divested its stake in State Bank of India or persuaded the company to withdraw its planned loan. Within weeks Amundi sold its roughly $20 million bond holding.Joakim Blomqvist, head of fixed income and foreign exchange at Swedish pension fund AP3, was one of the EGO fund investors contacted by Erlandsson. Blomqvist said Erlandsson’s call triggered a number of events that ultimately led to Amundi’s divestment and that his lobbying of investors probably was instrumental in the French fund manager’s decision. A spokesman for Amundi declined to comment, while a spokesman for State Bank of India hasn’t responded to requests for comment. He pushed Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, into divesting bonds in an Indian bank that was financing a coal mine, shamed HSBC Holdings for failing to hold that same bank to account, and pressured a Japanese lender to announce it would stop funding coal power.Erlandsson sees his particular brand of activism, shaped by almost two decades working in the debt markets, as a new form of bond vigilantism. He now spends his time pushing fixed-income investors and bankers to face up to the risks posed by climate change and their role in underwriting a warmer planet. He wants them to use their financial heft to increase the cost of capital for polluters and pressure companies to reinvent themselves for a low-carbon future.After setting up a nonprofit last year backed by Rockefeller money, the former credit derivatives strategist at Barclays and bond fund manager has become an outspoken critic of the financial establishment, lambasting companies including his former employer Barclays for failing to do enough to fight global warming.His unconventional methods involve a combination of public shaming, typically on social media, and back-door diplomacy. Using contacts built up over years of buying and selling bonds, he cajoles and persuades investors or lenders to exit planet-warming positions. And he’s not bashful in enlisting lawyers, other nonprofits or journalists in his campaigns. He knows people see him as a troublemaker.“I have a low threshold for generating trouble when I see something that I think is wrong,” said Stockholm-based Erlandsson. “There’s a saying here that goes ‘only dead fish flow with the stream.’ I’m definitely not one of the dead fish.” 3 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill Pandemic accelerated investing based on ESG and climate goals Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. Late last year, Erlandsson, 45, learned that India’s largest bank, State Bank of India, planned to lend about $650 million to help Adani Enterprises fund a controversial coal mine in northern Australia. As an early investor in green bonds — debt raised to fund specific environmentally friendly projects — Erlandsson recalled that the Indian bank had sold such notes back in 2018. He also knew that one of the most high-profile funds investing in green bonds, Amundi’s Planet Emerging Green One fund, held the bonds.He jumped at the contradiction that a bank issuing bonds to finance wind and solar projects across India also was funding the high-polluting Carmichael mine in Australia. So he called investors in the EGO fund to flag the impending loan and remind them of the reputational risk for a green investor to be associated with the deal. 1 Newsletters 4 Ulf Erlandsson isn’t your typical climate campaigner: He prefers the trading desk to the picket line. 5 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software
Tesla to announce home and utility-scale battery next weekCompany sets April 30 date for unveiling, widely believed to be a new home battery and one for utility scale, to be produced at companys new gigafactory. April 23, 2015 Ian Clover Energy Storage Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Elon Musks Tesla Motors has confirmed to Buzzfeed news that next weeks announcement of a major new Tesla product line dangled teasingly from Musks Twitter account in March will be the Tesla home battery and, perhaps more interestingly, a very large utility-scale battery. Tesla VP of investor relations Jeff Evanson confirmed: Musk will explain the advantages of our solutions and why past battery options were not compelling, hinting that the Tesla treatment to innovation is coming the way of the home and utility-scale storage market. As co-founder and chairman of SolarCity which this week unveiled a $1 billion fund for commercial rooftop installations in the U.S. Musk is methodically working towards a Tesla-SolarCity pincer movement on the U.S. home and energy markets, bridging the gap between electric vehicles, distributed solar energy generation, and home storage. However, it is the utility-scale battery that is proving most intriguing. Musk has already confirmed that the much-anticipated home battery will be a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) product manufactured at the companys $5 billion gigafactory in Nevada, delivered with the help of Panasonic. By leveraging an already enrapt customer base of Tesla vehicle owners, the benefits of a Tesla-backed home battery should already be clear for thousands of consumers. Add SolarCitys happy customers to the mix the company controls close to 40% of the U.S. residential solar market and this next venture could be off to a flying start. Tesla has already piloted consumer batteries in a handful of U.S. residences and businesses (including Wal-Mart, a large SolarCity customer), and while the current retail price of its 10 kWh battery is $13,000, costs are expected to fall dramatically over the coming years. Additionally, some states have energy efficiency rebates that could potentially cut that cost in half. Analysis by Morgan Stanley forecasts that the Tesla-SolarCity combo could prove a game-changing disruption for energy markets as more and more people are able to afford to live off grid, a revolution that in turn will help push battery storage costs below $100/kWh. Currently, Tesla motor batteries cost $300/kWh. Utilities worried by these developments have been thrown a bone by Teslas utility-scale battery announcement, which although further details are currently scarce is likely to be equally as potentially game-changing for grid operators energy storage ambitions. Is Musk about to put his money where his mouth is and come good on his pledge earlier this year that solar and utilities really can co-exist? 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TAGSRooftop solarSouth Africa Previous articleSAWEA supports licence for businesses to generate renewable powerNext articleAfrican Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards: And the winners are… ESI Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “Rooftop solar is a no-brainer; Greenpeace Africa therefore welcomes this move by the Minister of Energy to finally make sure that the country can go ahead with the installation of rooftop solar,” said political advisor Happy Khambule. Finance and Policy “Nevertheless, the most critical step forward would be the release of the country’s new electricity plan (IRP), which has faced heavy delays, and is essential for creating the necessary certainty in the electricity sector. Greenpeace Africa urges the newly elected Government to move very quickly to finalise the IRP, develop a plan for a just energy transition and to address the climate crisis,” ended Khambule. Read more: SAWEA supports licence for businesses to generate renewable power Khambule added: “We have some of the best renewable resources in the world. Unfortunately, red tape and bureaucratic delays have meant that South Africa has been unable to take advantage of the significant opportunities offered by rooftop solar. This move to streamline the process is long overdue and will go a long way towards easing the current electricity crisis.” The Minister highlighted that the regulator could pursue these licenses without the developer having to seek permission from the Minister for a deviation from the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development According to Greenpeace Africa, Department of Energy deputy director for policy and planning Ompi Aphane confirmed that the Minister has responded by using his powers, under Section 11.2 (g) of the Electricity Regulation Act, to enable NERSA to consider licence applications in the absence of a specific deviation order. Watch: Jeff Radebe on SA’s energy landscape AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS Greenpeace Africa’s political advisor, is in support of South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s decision advising NERSA that it can consider granting licences to small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects with a combined capacity of 500MW.
Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Investigators executed search warrants Sunday on the headquarters of the company that operated the charter dive boat that caught fire on Labor Day and sank off the coast of Southern California, killing 34 people trapped by flames in the doomed vessel’s below-deck bunk quarters.A team of investigators from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies searched Truth Aquatics’ offices in Santa Barbara and the company’s two other boats, Lt. Eric Raney, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, told ABC News.The search warrants were served in conjunction with National Transportation Safety Board, which is overseeing the probe of the deadly maritime inferno that erupted aboard the triple-deck dive boat Conception.Details of the searches conducted Sunday at Truth Aquatics were not immediately released.NTSB officials are expected to release a preliminary report on the disaster as early as this week, officials said, but warned it could take up to 12 to 24 months to come up with a definitive answer on what caused the calamity.The Conception was on a three-day Labor Day weekend scuba diving excursion to the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara when a fire broke out and spread rapidly on the wooden-hulled boat in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.The ship’s captain and four crew members, who were on the top deck when the blaze erupted, jumped overboard and survived as flames blocked them from rescuing the trapped passengers and one crew member in the bottom-deck sleeping quarters, officials said.Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference last week that a stairway and an escape hatch in the sleeping quarters were blocked by flames.The bodies of 33 people who perished in the disaster were recovered by dive teams and are being identified through DNA collected from loved ones, officials said. One person killed in the incident remained unaccounted for on Sunday after the search was suspended on Friday due to rough seas.The search for the lone missing victim and efforts to raise the Conception from the ocean floor for a thorough inspection by investigators is expected to resume on Monday, pending weather conditions, officials said.U.S. Coast Guard officials said the boat, which came to rest upside down on the Pacific Ocean floor in about 65 feet of water was up-righted by crews before the salvage mission was suspended.The Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office has positively identified 23 victims, who ranged in age from a teenage girl celebrating her birthday to a 62-year-old man who died along with his wife and three daughters.The victims were identified as Tia Salika-Adamic, who was celebrating her 17th birthday, and her parents, Carol Diana Adamic, 60, and Steven Salika, 55, all of Santa Cruz, California; Justin Carroll Dignam, 58, of Anaheim, California; Daniel Garcia, 46, of Berkeley, California; Marybeth Guiney, 51, of Santa Monica, California; Yulia Krashennaya, 40, of Berkeley; Alexandra Kurtz, 26, of Santa Barbara; Caroline McLaughlin, 35, of Oakland; Wei Tan, 26, of Goleta, California; and Ted Strom, 62, of Germantown, Tennessee.Other victims identified were Kendra Chan, 26, of Oxnard, California, and her father, Raymond “Scott” Chan, 59, of Los Altos, California; Andrew Fritz, 40, of Sacramento; Charles McIlvain, 44, of Santa Monica; Neal Gustav Baltz, 42, of Phoenix; Patricia Ann Beitzinger, 48, of Chandler, Arizona; and Vaidehi Campbell, 41, of Felton, California.Also killed were sisters Angela Rose Quitasol, 28, Evan Michel Quitasol, 37, Nicole Storm Quitasol, 31, their father Michael Quitasol, 62, and their stepmother, Fernisa Sison, all of California. Sison’s body has yet to be positively identified.Susana Solano Rosas, the mother of the three sisters, posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook.“My hopes were that Evan, Nicole, and Angela Rose were only injured. They were such strong swimmers. For sure they would have made it to land. They had only had 20 yards to swim. I was hoping we would be able to hug them and hold them. Instead we don’t have them,” Rosas wrote.She added, “We can’t bring them home yet. I know our children don’t belong to us. As parents, we have plans for their life. They had surpassed my expectations I had for them. I was so proud of them and their accomplishments. They each knew it, too. My three girls were very happy with their lives. They each had found their loves, were well established in their communities, with the best part of life ahead of them.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A big cheer went up when a service bus from the fleet of Reading Buses made history by becoming the fastest in the world. Gaining coverage around the globe, there was serious reason behind the attempt, explains Mel Holley.In its distinctive ‘cow’ livery, Reading Buses proved the value of ‘cow poo power’ by setting a world record for a service bus, using the banked circular track at Millbrook proving ground, Bedfordshire.The bus had no major modifications and went back in service in Reading the following morning.Running on bio-methane compressed natural gas, the Scania/ADL Enviro300 achieved a top speed of 80.73mph and an average over a full lap of 76.785mph. The attempt was called ‘BusHound’ in a nod to the UK Bloodhound team 1,000mph world speed record attempt.It was day of torrential rain, interspersed with sun. Says Reading Buses Chief Engineer John Bickerton: â€œThe high-speed bowl is in the side of a hill, and there was headwind on the embankment section, but no tailwind in the cutting. This is why the peak was 80mph, but the lap average was lower. Without the wind, we would have achieved 80mph average.â€With help from its ticket machine supplier, Ticketer, it also issued the world’s fastest bus tickets, remotely sold while the bus was in motion. Over 80 tickets were issued, and they will be sold at Reading Buses’ 14 June open day as souvenirs.The attempt was supported by project sponsors: Ticketer, Nimbus, Millbrook, Scania, ADL, Gas Bus Alliance, Brooklands Museum, TEK seating and USSC, routeone, Numbercraft, Michelin Solutions, Mix Telematics, CILT, IMechE and Best Impressions.The bus, chosen at random from the fleet, only had one major modification â€“ the fitting of a safety cage for the driver (made in-house).The biggest risk was the tyres, running above their design speed. Michelin provided a brand new set of tyres, x-rayed at Stoke-on-Trent and fitted to spare rims. To avoid damage, they were fitted at Millbrook by ATS, just before the test, and their temperature was checked.Driven by Readings Buses’ very own ‘Stig’, the bus completed eight laps to set an initial 73mph speed. Major sponsor Scania made some minor tweaks, adding 3mph average for the final laps. The tweaks involved fitting a special ECU to ‘fool’ the engine into thinking it was getting less boost.BBC transport correspondent Paul Clifton fitted GoPro cameras to the bus to film the driver at high speed. The story was the fourth-most popular on the BBC website (with 37,000 views) and received press coverage across the world from China to Australia, Russia, USA, Ukraine and Canada.Schools now want to be involved as the project neatly dovetails with the national curriculum; a Key Stage 1 topic on novel vehicles, and Key Stage 2 topics on renewable/sustainable fuels in the context of environmental problems.Adds John Bickerton: â€œWe are now being asked to get involved with the syllabus and inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Schools want to use our business to inspire people to go into engineering.â€Says Reading Buses’ CEO Martijn Gilbert: â€œThere’s a serious message here, of gas and bio-methane as a carbon neutral fuel. We are setting out to raise the profile of bio-methane commercial vehicles and demonstrate that this is a real, credible fuel source.â€œAt the same time, we want to challenge old-fashioned perceptions of bus travel and promote science, technology and innovation in our industry.â€
The CTA has agreed to underwrite the cost of an industry-wide survey of coach holidaymakers.Using the client databases of coach operators across the country, data agency SPIKE will take anonymised data from thousands of coach tour passengers, and create the largest ever coach industry survey.Broken down into easy-to-read reports, the survey will give the whole industry more detail on coach customers’ spending habits and travel trends, why they travel by coach, what they want to see in the industry going forward, and what could attract more new customers to try a holiday by coach.The CTA is now looking for partners to share the investment, including coach operators, tourist boards, hotels, tourist attractions, ticket agencies and wholesalers.To discuss sponsorship and support for the survey, contact the CTA’s CEO Chris Wales on [email protected]
The 2nd annual Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV, has announced its 2014 lineup. The festival, held over October 24-26 in Downtown Vegas, will feature headlining performances from Kany West, OutKast, The Foo Fighters, and The Arctic Monkeys.The festival will also see performances from The Flaming Lips, Lionel Richie, The Roots, Girl Talk, Alt-J, Phantogram, Holy Ghost!, Trampled By Turtles, OK Go, and more! The full list of artists can be seen below.Tickets for the festival go on sale this Thursday, June 26th, and more information about the festival can be found through their official website. You can also use the L4LM Master Festival Spreadsheet to compare this lineup with any other festivals that may be occurring at the same time!Full 2014 Lineup:Kanye WestFoo FightersOutKastArctic MonkeysSkrillexLionel RichieThe Flaming LipsThe RootsGirl TalkAlt-JBroken BellsA-TrakKacey MusgravesFitz & The TantrumsPhantogramThe Head and The HeartPanic! At The DiscoMatt & KimNeon TreesJenny LewisG-EazyOK GOTychoMayer HawthorneSwitchfoottUnE-yArDsMS MRRACHoly Ghost!Trampled By TurtlesSt. LuciaDizzy WrightGalantisSt. Paul & The Broken BonesRyan HemsworthMøDJ MustardVintage TroubleJ Roddy Walston and The BusinessThe OrwellsÁsgeirM4SONICSleeper AgentThe PreaturesDJ CassidyMisterWivesASTRholychildNight Terrors of 1927NostalghiaCatfish and The BottlemenPaper RouteRusty MaplesMokshaEkohSabrielAmerican CreamRabbitAlbi Loves Chicken Tenders
Three ambulance personnel suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Stanford Hospital.Ryan said police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but that road conditions may have played a role. The streets were wet from rain and there were piles of wet leaves in the roadway, Ryan said. The crash happened Dec. 22 around 11 a.m. on University Avenue near Chaucer Street as a Bay Medic ambulance was transporting 56-year-old Alba Luz Perez from Concord to a Palo Alto medical facility for a routine procedure, police said. The ambulance was traveling west on University Avenue when, for an unknown reason, it left the roadway, hit a tree and rolled over, police said. CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. — A Contra Costa County woman who was injured when an ambulance transporting her to a medical appointment crashed into a tree in Palo Alto last week died at a hospital on Christmas Eve, police Agent Dan Ryan said. Perez suffered major injuries and was taken to Stanford Hospital. She was listed in grave condition before succumbing to her wounds Wednesday, Ryan said today.