CNBC European Business Magazine has just launched the second edition of its top 50 low carbon business pioneers. At number one is UK-based Low Carbon Accelerator, essentially a private equity fund offering, according to the folks at CNBC, "exposure to a promising sector but not the risk." Second place goes to the Spanish group Acciona, with divisions in infrastructure, real estate, and renewable energy. Apparently the group "incorporated billion-euro purchase CESA — one of Spain's largest wind energy players — last year, increasing wind power capacity by 78%."
Perusing down the list, we see a diverse range of fields, including clean energy investment, carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy from biomass, and carbon management consulting. We were also pleased to see a few perennial TreeHugger favourites, including Bill Dunster's ZEDfactory, the architectural practice behind BedZED and the recent Jubilee Wharf in Cornwall; GoinGreen, the UK electric car distributor whose CEO we interviewed here, and Windsave, makers of building integrated wind turbines which we featured here.
The folks at CNBC have certainly compiled a very diverse list, and we'll be looking closely at the names featured, hopefully bringing our readers more details of those we don't recognize. Having said that, some high-profile European companies were notable only by their absence (Solarcentury and Ecotricity, to name just two), and we'd be interested to know what the selection criteria are. ::CNBC European Business::