CNBC European Business Mag Names Top 50 Low Carbon Pioneers
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::