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CEE Green finance: Renewables stay low on the energy agenda

The CEE region has huge potential for renewable energy, but there are obstacles to its development – not least the apparent unconcern of the region’s largest nation. Can Russia be induced to get behind the drive for cleaner energy? Jethro Wookey reports.

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ALTHOUGH SOME STILL dispute the science, companies, authorities and, increasingly, governments are now acting on the consensus scientific opinion that climate change is the biggest threat to society. With the onus on countries to clean up their energy sources, a new capital market for all things green has thrown open its doors to the world’s financial institutions. Many banks now insist on coherent environmental policies on the deals they finance. International agreements on renewable energy are prompting governments to clean up, and that will require a lot of money. Banks and other financial institutions are readying themselves to fight for their share.

The trend is readily apparent too in central and eastern Europe.

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