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19 November 2014

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Study examines financing barriers facing circular economy business models

Companies with circular economy business models currently struggle to raise investment because of a lack of information about financial risk and because investors are generally unfamiliar with the concept of the circular economy, according to research scheduled to be published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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Alternative economy shopping centre planned for Dijon, France

A new type of shopping centre that aims to address both environmental and social concerns is being planned for the eastern French city of Dijon. Known as the “Cité de l’autre économie,” or city of the alternative economy, the centre is expected to open in 2016.

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Innovative funding: climate bonds and decarbonisation

The Climate Bonds Initiative seeks to channel the bond markets to support green infrastructure and decarbonisation. The initiative is developing standards for “climate bonds,” which are meant to help investors such as pension funds distinguish between investments that contribute to decarbonisation and those that don't. Currently, the “climate-themed bond universe” amounts to more than US$500 billion, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. Most bond finance classified as contributing to decarbonisation is spent on transport, primarily railways in China. Huge sums are also being raised for renewable energy. Other investments, such as in water infrastructure, or waste management and pollution control, are currently at much lower levels.

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Upcoming events
GreenEcoNet workshop on the 'Role and Challenges' of SMEs in a Green(er) Economy - Barriers, Needs and Policy Options' Berlin, Germany 28 November 2014
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17th European Forum on Eco-Innovation Lyon, France 1-2 December 2014
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POLLUTEC 2014 Lyon, France 2-5 December 2014
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SET-Plan Conference 2014 Rome, Italy 10-11 December 2014
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'Realising the opportunities of a Circular Economy' Conference London, United Kingdom 3-5 March 2015
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