NEWS Global Transition Scoreboard Reporting of $6.22 Trillion Blows Past Mid-​​Mark of 2020 Goal


SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla., Apr. 22 /​CSRwire/​ — Earth Day 2015 marks $6.22 tril­lion invested in the global green tran­si­tion since 2007.  This meets our Green Tran­si­tion Score­board® (GTS) goal of $10 tril­lion pri­vately invested in the green econ­omy by 2020, eas­ily on track to reach the 2020 goal to effec­tively scale inno­va­tions and reduce costs in green tech­nolo­gies as the world tran­si­tions to the Solar Age.

Appro­pri­ately for Earth Day, the 2015 GTS report, Break­downs Dri­ving Break­throughs, focuses on Life Sys­tems, a new cat­e­gory cap­tur­ing system-​​wide inter­con­nec­tions among effi­ciency, infor­ma­tion and dig­i­ti­za­tion, energy, water, food, edu­ca­tion and health, which equals 14% of the over­all total.

The GTS tracks Renew­able Energy, Energy Effi­ciency, Life Sys­tems, Green Con­struc­tion and Cor­po­rate Green R&D, rep­re­sent­ing broad areas of invest­ment in green tech­nolo­gies.  Each sec­tor cov­ers an area of sub­stan­tial cap­i­tal invest­ment in tech­nolo­gies which Hazel Henderson’s years of research as a sci­ence advi­sor and which the Eth­i­cal Mar­kets Advi­sory Board exper­tise indi­cate are con­tin­u­ing to con­tribute to the grow­ing green economy.

The upward trend in invest­ments Eth­i­cal Mar­kets Media has reported since 2009 aligns with the strat­egy to invest at least 10% of insti­tu­tional port­fo­lios directly in com­pa­nies dri­ving the global Green Tran­si­tion, appro­pri­ately updat­ing strate­gic asset allo­ca­tion mod­els both as oppor­tu­nity and as risk mitigation.

The GTS def­i­n­i­tion of “green” strictly omits areas such as nuclear, clean coal, car­bon cap­ture and seques­tra­tion, and bio­fu­els from feed­stock other than sea-​​grown algae.  The GTS closely assess nan­otech, genetic engi­neer­ing, arti­fi­cial life-​​forms and 3D print­ing on a case by case basis.

GTS data sources include, among many oth­ers, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Reuters; new UN and other inter­na­tional stud­ies; NASA and indi­vid­ual com­pany reports.  Sources of finan­cial data are screened by rig­or­ous social, envi­ron­ment and eth­i­cal audit­ing stan­dards. Com­pa­nies in the GTS are tracked by indexes such as Calvert, Domini and Pax World, the Pow­er­Shares Clean­tech Port­fo­lio, MSCI, Dow Jones Sus­tain­abil­ity Indexes, London’s FTSE4GOOD, NASDAQ OMX Green Econ­omy Global Bench­mark Index, ASPI Euro­zone, accord­ing to our Prin­ci­ples of Eth­i­cal Bio­mimicry Finance® and the many newslet­ters and stock reports from around the world we post daily at www​.eth​i​cal​mar​kets​.com.

Hazel Hen­der­son, founder and pres­i­dent of Eth­i­cal Mar­kets, stated, “this report overviews the many sys­tems now align­ing to finance the inclu­sive, knowledge-​​rich, green economies, the next stage in human evolution.”

Renew­able Energy – Grow­ing strongly despite huge con­tin­ued sub­si­dies on fos­sil fuels and nuclear and scal­ing back on some projects.

Energy Effi­ciency – Game-​​changing rip­ple effects pos­i­tively impact­ing jobs cre­ation, man­u­fac­tur­ing and other met­rics tracked by tra­di­tional GDP.

Green Con­struc­tion – Expe­ri­enc­ing an inno­va­tion boom as green con­struc­tion stan­dards are adopted worldwide.

Life Sys­tems –  Cov­ers broad areas of sus­tain­abil­ity that are sys­tem­i­cally linked: nat­ural resources, agri­cul­ture, water, smart cities, green infra­struc­ture and the rapid dig­i­ti­za­tion “infos­truc­ture” under­pin­ning effi­ciency gains and qual­ity of life.

Cor­po­rate Green R&D – This sec­tor largely tracks the auto­mo­tive indus­try, R&D in elec­tric vehi­cles, bat­tery tech­nol­ogy, new design as well as com­pany inno­va­tion toward more sus­tain­able futures.

Daniel Kam­men, found­ing direc­tor of the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory, UC Berke­ley, says of the report, “rec­og­niz­ing mar­kets make ter­ri­ble mas­ters but poten­tially invalu­able ser­vants, the Green Tran­si­tion Score­board® pro­vides a strong argu­ment that a diver­sity of prac­tices can be used in the pri­vate sec­tor to address press­ing social needs in a the frame­work of sus­tain­abil­ity.  It is vital to get this mes­sage in front of the pri­vate sec­tor and all those who work with com­mer­cial enter­prises in an era of envi­ron­men­tal and social change.”

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