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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:00:54 +0000Wind Power Challenges and Solutions – Seminar hosted by IDB
As a consultant currently contributing to the development of a wind farm project in Panama, and previously serving as an environmental specialist at the European Bank in London, I took the opportunity to attend a recent seminar on Wind Power Challenges and Solutions. The seminar was hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington […]
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:03:25 +0000E&S Guidelines for Wind Projects in Emerging Markets
The scale of wind farm developments in emerging markets and associated risks often necessitate co-financing by bilateral or export credit agencies, development and multilateral financial institutions, and Equator Banks. The key environmental and social guidelines (and good practice notes) for wind projects these financial institutions - and their independent engineers - use to benchmark environmental […]
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:28:56 +0000Why are GRI report publication dates shifting to later?
As a GRI-G4 certified practitioner in sustainability reporting, I note an interesting trend. Reporting dates appear to show a forward shift (on average), although you might expect the opposite, as organisations get better at it. Why is this? Blog by Peter Easton, Link: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Gm A GRI aim is for Sustainability reporting to parallel Financial reporting, […]
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:07:30 +0000Equator Principles (EPIII) Implementation Note
Shortly after Mizuho Bank took over as the first Asian chair of the Equator Principles Association, the EP Association published the Equator Principles Implementation Note. It provides a valuable reference for Equator Banks and practitioners, such ESIA consultants, Independent Engineers, expert witnesses in international arbitration, and assurance providers. It also highlights the new complexities of […]
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:57:17 +0000Equator Banks get poor Marks on Transparency and Disclosure
As a practitioner involved in bankable ESIAs, and supporting developers and financial advisors/institutions for projects ranging from wind farms to mining, I follow the developments around the IFC Performance Standards and the Equator Principles closely. This is why Olaf Weber’s publication “Equator Principles Reporting: Do Financial Institutions meet their Goals?” caught my eye. -- Link: […]
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