The Transition to Renewable Energy: Don’t Expect a Revolution

07 March 2017 | Articles, News

The second oikos alumni debate online took place on February 22nd and as with the first, it was a true oikos product: made by alumni for alumni. The evening was guided by the title: “Renewing Global Energy: Revolution or Evolution?”. Three panelists shared their insights with interested alumni and replied openly to their questions: Nils Bennemann, Ralph Ripken and Aanal Patwari. The debate was moderated by Benedikt Lemke. Solar, wind, thermal, biomass: Renewable energy (RE) has spread widely. Whether humongous wind farms are built off the European coasts or solar panels powering single households are installed on Kenya’s rooftops: many factors have pushed and pulled renewable technologies into the spotlight. But how far have we come? And what... »

Together We Can: Kolkata Hosted oikos Asia Meet 2017

07 March 2017 | News

From 18 to 20 February oikos Asia Meet 2017 took place in Kolkata, India. The event gathered participants from all over Asia and united them under the theme Together We Can. oikos Asia Meet 2017 facilitated networking of the oikos regional chapters and served as a platform for sharing best practices and lessons learned in sustainability from developed nations for developing nations and vice-versa. oikos Asia Meet 2017 combined thought-provoking debates with invigorating activities to generate novel ideas and proposals in the field of sustainable development. A panel discussion – East or West: Best practices in Sustainability was moderated by Prof. Runa Sarkar, IIM Calcutta. Panelists included Mr. Rustam Sengapta (social enterprise #Boond), Mr. Anurag Danda (WWF), Prof.... »

Green bonds: How the “green” makes a difference?

22 February 2017 | Articles, News

By Stefano Ramelli Green bonds are considered a potential channel to overcome the financing barriers for climate mitigation, adaptation and other environment-friendly projects. The issuance of green bonds has been experiencing a rapid growth over the last few years. The green bonds market was created in the period 2007-2008 by multilateral development banks (the European Investment Bank and the World Bank, in particular) and has started to expand since 2013 with the entrance of private sector issuers. Examples of corporate green bonds include the USD 1.75 billion note issued by Toyota in March 2014 and the USD 1.5 billion note issued by Apple in February 2016. Cities and local government bodies are also important actors of this market.... »

oikos Alumni Meet Across Europe

07 February 2017 | News

“Berlin is a ‘hotspot’ for everyone interested in sustainability – be it related to academia or work.”, says Axel Bozier, who is organizing the second meeting of Berlin-based oikos alumni in April. No wonder that there are plenty of oikees from all generations in the German capital. Axel is alumnus of the oikos Chapter in Reims and has teamed up with Sophie Reinbold, who continues her studies in Berlin after having been a member of oikos Tübingen in Germany’s academic south. They want to use the opportunity in Berlin to strengthen the oikos network. The first meeting of 2017 took place in January (pictured). “It’s especially interesting to see that alumni from eight different oikos Chapters came together”,... »

oikos Alumnus Varun Sarda: “oikos developed my interest in sustainable finance”

06 February 2017 | News

“At the Winter School, I experienced the spirit of oikos” I first came across oikos while studying at university. A friend of mine who was active in oikos London told me about the organisation, and a couple of weeks later, I joined the oikos London team at the London School of Economics. I really enjoyed this experience and, a couple of months later, I subsequently participated in the oikos Winter School at the University of St. Gallen. There I experienced the spirit of oikos and was impressed by the outreach of the organisation and what it was trying to achieve at leading schools around the world. With this in mind, I subsequently joined the oikos International Executive Board... »