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ESG Insider: 'Clean tech' draws investors; IIF turns attention to sustainability

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Investor interest in "clean tech" appears to be driving returns in the energy industry.

This week we examine how the fortunes of renewable energy and fossil-fuel investors have diverged dramatically in the past year — check out our Chart of the Week to see how shares in wind and solar companies have outperformed oil and gas producing peers. We also cover a Danish brewer's move to create a beer bottle made of paper.

And today the Institute of International Finance kicks off its annual membership meeting. Sustainable finance is on the agenda this year as banks, asset managers, insurance companies, hedge funds, central banks and other finance leaders from around the globe gather in Washington, D.C. See our Events section at the end of the newsletter for more upcoming happenings in the ESG world.

Chart of the Week

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Top Stories

Gulf widens between renewable and beaten-down E&P stocks

During the past 12 months, an equally weighted index of North American renewable power producers has risen by 35.3%, compared to a 53.6% drop in the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Select Industry Index.

'We are collateral damage': Gas industry grapples with political winds

LNG industry supporters at the Gulf Coast Energy Forum in New Orleans expressed concern about an array of policy challenges that could raise the stakes for a sector that has long grappled with environmental opposition to gas infrastructure projects.

Lenders must set clear ESG targets under new UN responsible banking framework

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative will require the 130 banks that have signed onto its sustainable banking framework to establish clear ESG targets and balance sheet assessments, steps that a representative of the initiative's Global Steering Committee says will prevent those institutions from green-washing.


IMF: $75 carbon tax by 2030 could help halt global warming by 2 degrees C

Moody's: Merchant coal plants face 'heightened refinancing risk' amid ESG wave

Carlsberg unveils paper beer bottle


Reforms key to financial inclusion growth spurt in ex-Soviet states

Facebook needs to stop spread of fake news, U.K. MP says

IFC: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico lead LatAm peers in promoting sustainable finance


Shell CEO says cross-collaboration is key to reaching climate goals

Ceres official says some oil, gas companies will need to mull exit strategy

Investors shift to renewables, but leave money on the table

ESG Indices

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Upcoming Events

IIF Annual Membership Meeting
Institute of International Finance
Oct. 16-19
Washington, D.C.

ESG Integration Summit
Skytop Strategies
Oct. 17

U.S. Sustainable Finance Policy Summit
Oct. 17
Washington, D.C.

Annual Forum on Green Finance and Investment
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Oct. 29-30

U.S. and Global Economic Outlook: Trade, Technology and ESG
S&P Global
Nov. 6
Washington, D.C.

The SRI Conference & Community
Nov. 11-15
Colorado Springs, Colo.

KBRA ESG Conference
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Nov. 14
New York

SASB Symposium
Dec. 3
New York

RI New York 2019
Responsible Investor
Dec. 4-5
New York

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