Features & Opinion

Bioenergy From Weed Infestations - Submission to the ARENA Bioenergy Roadmap
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's Bioenergy Roadmap. My main suggestion is to explore the idea of utilizing Australia's many major weed infestations as feedstock for bioenergy. More

Electrify Everything and Save on Energy Costs
The best way to lower your total energy costs and your carbon emissions is to electrify everything and get off the petrol and gas grids. But it takes capital, so most people have to do it slowly. It took me six years. More

Electric Car Is Quick Off the Petrol and Coal Grids
The best way to lower your energy costs and your carbon emissions is to electrify everything and get off the petrol and gas grids. But it takes capital, so most people have to do it slowly. It took me six years. More

Submission to the Inquiry into Australia's Waste Management and Recycling Industries
Dear Committee Secretary, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on Australia's management and recycling of waste and plastics. I wish to focus on the opportunities presented by waste plastics and in particular innovative recycling approaches. The huge amount of plastics waste that is not recycled is clearly an opportunity to develop new products and expand businesses, and perhaps also enhance regional employment and development. My key suggestion ... More

An Open Letter to the Labor Party
Dear Mr Albanese, I am a long time swinging voter and am writing to discuss how I believe the Labor Party should redesign its policies on negative gearing and franking credits. These policies were much discussed during the recent Federal election and the failure of the Labor Party to win the election has put back much needed reform in these areas, possibly for considerable time. It is therefore crucial that the updates to the Labor Party's policies are formulated to maximize public acceptance while achieving the best outcomes for the Budget and for equity. More

Creating and Managing a Capital Account
I have been a self-managed retail investor for over 30 years so I am a little embarrassed to say that I have finally worked out a way to document every transaction in a capital account in a similar way that my bank statement tells me every transaction in my savings account. More

My Long Switch to Solar
After many years of planning, I finally flicked the switch and installed a roof top solar energy system. It's a 4.55 kilowatt system and so far it's working well and producing enough energy so that there are numerous times during the day when it makes more energy than we use and we contribute renewable energy to the grid. More

A Time to Take Profits
At the moment there is a lot of immediate past for investors to get their heads around. The part that concerns many, including me, is the big rise in the US stock market. No one can answer the key questions of how long the boom will last, and whether there will be a big bust or just a downturn. But experience tells me it is time for investors to have or to get a strategy for what is happening and what may happen. More

Renewable Energy and Environmentally Positive Investments on the ASX
This is an edited text of a talk given at Ethical Investment Week in Brisbane on 10 October, 2017. "Let's have a closer look at the renewable energy sector on the ASX. There are 56 companies which have some sort of clean energy angle to their business, including those for which it is not the main game." More

Cleantech Stocks Build Momentum
The global momentum behind renewables is unstoppable. Investors who want to look more deeply into how clean energy is growing, and growing its share of the global energy market, can find a wealth of information from some of the world's leading sources. More

Managing Tax Breaks for the Rich
Submission to the Federal Government's Re:Think Tax Discussion Paper. More


Core Securities

No Shortage of Excellent Long Term Share Price Performances
Many environmental stocks have shown outstanding share price performance since their listing on the ASX. Here are seven examples that prove that good stock selection among environmental stocks can lead to excellent share price performance and capital gains. Eco Investor classifies all seven stocks as core securities and so their total shareholder return would be higher as they also pay dividends. In alphabetical order the seven are... More

First Sustainability Report for GWA
Water management company GWA has produced its first stand alone Sustainability Report. In previous years sustainability was covered in its annual reports. The company says sustainability is at the core of its business, and that its objectives are to operate sustainably by managing its resources as efficiently as possible, acting in a socially responsible manner, and providing products and systems that offer better water saving solutions. More

Contact Energy Promotes its Sustainability
New Zealand utility Contact Energy has promoted its sustainability credentials to an international audience in Europe, saying it is remains committed to decarbonization and working to lower the carbon emissions of its own operations and those of its customers, partners and suppliers. More

The Season of Sustainability Reports
The annual report season is quickly followed by the annual sustainability report season and this year there seem to be more sustainability reports than usual, which is not surprising as some companies have brought out their first reports. Among the core environmental stocks to have recently produced sustainability reports are Tassal, New Zealand King Salmon, New Energy Solar, Blackmores, and Kathmandu, while Bingo Industries, Cleanaway and Sims Metal Management have included a sustainability report or review in their annual reports. More

Two Australian Solar Farms for New Energy Solar
New Energy Solar has added the first two Australian solar farms to its portfolio of US solar assets, continuing its rapid growth since its IPO last December. The first is the Manildra Solar Project west of Orange in central NSW. The second is the Beryl Solar Farm 5 kilometres west of Gulgong, also in central NSW. The vendor of both is a subsidiary of First Solar, Inc. More

August Investments to Wind Up After 37 Years
August Investments Ltd, Australia's longest running environmental and ethical investment vehicle, is now winding up after over 37 years of investing. More

Pre-Dividend Securities

Supplying the Fast Charging Electric Car Market
The rise of electric cars means there will be growing opportunities for parts suppliers and this is happening with ASX listed Rectifier Technologies now focused on building a business supplying rectifiers for the growing market in electric car charging stations. More

11 Year High For Phoslock
In late July shares in Phoslock Water Solutions, soon to be Phoslock Environmental Technologies, reached an 11 year high of 46.5 cents. This is close to their all time high of 49.5 cents in February 2007. The shares listed in August 2002 at 20 cents, and in 2015 they were just above 2 cents, so it has been a long effort and the company has workd hard for the shares to recover and now, for the second time, to more than double their original value. More

Record High for Orocobre
Orocobre's shares reached an all time high of $7.44 in late January, having been only $2.60 last March. The run is well deserved given the time, capital and work it has taken for the company to begin lithium production at its salars in Argentina. What the share price will do now is another matter. More

Large Solar Energy IPO

Investors who want to back solar energy projects and project owners have another option with the IPO of New Energy Solar Ltd. The company listed on 4 December after raising $202 million. Its target was up to $200 million. The offer price per stapled security was an indicative range of $1.45 to $1.55, and they were issued at $1.50. More

Pre-Profit Securities

Native Murray Cod on the Dinner Table
The listed aquaculture sector continues to expand. Last month a relatively recent entrant, Murray Cod Australia Ltd, produced its first 100 tonnes of Murray Cod, which it describes as a rare and premium native fish. More

Pilbara Minerals Starts Earning Revenue
Eco Investor has upgraded Pilbara Minerals from a pre-revenue to a pre-profit stock as the company has commenced sales and first revenue. Last month it officially opened its Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project 120 kilometres south of Port Hedland in WA. For the September quarter, the company received revenue of $16.4 million. At the end of the quarter it had a very healthy cash position of $90.6 million. More

Another Way to Turn Food into Food
A new way to be efficient in agriculture is RotoGro International's Rotational Hydroponic Garden Systems that can save on space, water, fertilizer and pesticides. Each garden system is shaped as a cylinder, not unlike a large compost tumbler or 44 gallon drum. More

Another Energy Efficiency Hopeful
Energy efficiency companies have found it tough going in the ASX, and while Buddy Platform has had a good share price run over the past year it still has a long way to go to achieve profitability. In January last year the shares for Buddy Platform were 5 cents, by November they had peaked at a four year high of 41 cents, and this January they were still just above 20 cents. It was a good ride if you caught it and got out at the right stop. So what is the story, and what's the catch? More

Pre-Revenue Securites

Greatcell Solar in Administration
Greatcell Solar, which may be better known to many under its previous name of Dyesol, called in the administrators in December after failing to raise enough capital to further the commercialization of its built-in photovoltaic technology. More

Three Battery Developments
Three pre-revenue companies have made significant steps towards developing and commercializing their new battery technologies. The companies have leading edge technologies and one of them says it has achieved a world first. The companies are: Lithium Australia, Protean Energy, and Magnis Energy Technologies. More

Two Steps Forward for Leaf
Leaf Resources has taken two more steps towards commercializing its lignin and glycerol from waste biomass technology. It has signed an exclusive agency agreement with HB International, one of the largest glycerol brokers in the world, for the supply of raw glycerol and the sale of refined glycerol. The second step is entering the biodegradable packaging market, which offers short term revenue while it develops its major plant in Malaysia. More

Change of Focus at Algae.Tec
Micro caps often have several irons in the fire and don't find their main business activity until one of the irons heats us. This looks like it may be happening at Algae.Tec, which has now begun to refer to itself as a "plant-based health & wellbeing company". The company began life on the ASX trying to commercialize a technology that could grow and turn carbon-consuming algae into biofuel.

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