The Sustainability Bubble

Ain’t never gonna burst. “Sustainable, climate-friendly equity funds” are where the money’s at, people. Jump on board today! While you still can.

“The Sustainability Propaganda Got Completely Out of Control” – The case has the makings of the next big financial scandal, and it casts a dark shadow over the booming business with green investments. It involves DWS, the Deutsche Bank subsidiary that is Germany’s largest asset manager and a self-proclaimed pioneer in sustainable, climate-friendly equity funds…

The company, says Fixler, has massively overinflated its public image and presented itself as far “greener” than was appropriate for its investment policy.

What Do You Need A House For?

Especially since I’ve already got mine. Several, most likely. No need to research that claim we all know it’s true.

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A ban on building new single-family houses in popular urban areas has been mooted by a leading German Green MP, who has said they are environmentally unfriendly because they use too much space and energy.

“Single-family homes consume a large surface area, a lot of construction material and energy and they lead to urban sprawl and therefore generate more traffic,” he told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview.

“The Greens have once again surpassed themselves with this populist and sanctimonious attitude.”

First Come The Wooden Skyscrapers

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Then come the wooden cars.

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German Greenery marches on.

A skyscraper that would be Europe’s tallest wooden building promises a “social and ecological paradigm shift” in a gentrifying neighborhood — and a test for the city’s affordable housing model.

The 322 foot (98 meter) tower, whose construction was confirmed on Jan. 29 by sustainable developer UTB, the state of Berlin and the borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg the will be made largely of wood…

Such a forward-looking approach aligns with the term that often accompanies green building projects in Germany — zukunftsfähig, which means both sustainable and “future-oriented.”