Here, members of the Turquoise team air their thoughts on a range of topics relating to our business. Opinions expressed are those of the individual blog author. We hope that you find them interesting and thought-provoking.

Streaming 2.0
08 Aug 2017 | Axel de Megille

Streaming 2.0

Spotify has just announced reaching a target of 60 million paying users and as a result is now getting read...Read More

Meet the Turquoise team: Luke Taylor
19 Jul 2017 | Luke Taylor

Meet the Turquoise team: Luke Taylor

Career Describe your career journey After Cambridge I joined Operis, spending close to three years there bu...Read More

Avoiding value slippage
28 Jun 2017 | Ian Thomas

Avoiding value slippage

Co-authored by Sophie Maugan, Partner at Cleveland Scott York, and Ian Thomas, MD at Turquoise.   What...Read More

Meet the Turquoise team: Ian Thomas
19 Jun 2017 | Ian Thomas

Meet the Turquoise team: Ian Thomas

Turquoise team members share their thoughts on business issues and give some career insights.   Busine...Read More

Gatwick gone bonkers
07 Jun 2017 | David Casale

Gatwick gone bonkers

Gatwick has become the first UK airport to announce that it will be Carbon Neutral: http://www.mediacentre....Read More

Meet the Turquoise team: Desmond Astley-Cooper
28 Mar 2017 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

Meet the Turquoise team: Desmond Astley-Cooper

Turquoise team members share their thoughts on business issues and give some career insights.   Busine...Read More

Fighting for all technology to be clean
14 Mar 2017 | David Casale

Fighting for all technology to be clean

On February 5th, I had the pleasure of presenting at TEDxOxford outlining my belief that there is no such t...Read More

‘By means of industry … you will rise higher and higher’
08 Mar 2017 | Ian Thomas

‘By means of industry … you will rise higher and higher’

(Robert Schumann) At the start of February, I received an invitation from a former colleague, now at the Eu...Read More

A Breath of Fresh Air?
18 Jan 2017 | Francis Wright

A Breath of Fresh Air?

A recent study from Aarhus University in Denmark has shown that student performance can be improved by up t...Read More

In Retail Energy – More meddling is needed!
12 Jan 2017 | David Casale

In Retail Energy – More meddling is needed!

The CEO’s of major British energy challengers have called for an end to ministerial meddling in the UK ener...Read More

Trypanophobia Investin’!
10 Jan 2017 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

Trypanophobia Investin’!

Fear of needles (trypanophobia) is a surprisingly common thing. Approximately 20% of the general population...Read More

V is for Venture, E is for Enterprise
07 Sep 2016 | Ian Thomas

V is for Venture, E is for Enterprise

The Financial Times recently ran a very interesting article (‘The great pensions tax squeeze’, September 2)...Read More

Three reasons why Hinkley Point should be built
06 Sep 2016 | David Casale

Three reasons why Hinkley Point should be built

I work for Turquoise investing in and raising funds for Energy, Environment and Efficiency companies that i...Read More

Não Joga Lixo!
19 Jul 2016 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

Não Joga Lixo!

The simple act of compelling larger retailers to charge 5p on plastic bags in England at the end of 2015 ha...Read More

The law of unintended consequences
24 May 2016 | Ali Naini

The law of unintended consequences

Churchill is quoted as once saying: “I am preparing my impromptu remarks”. It seems that decisions about lo...Read More

We need a new energy Trilemma … like a hole in the head! (Part 2)
16 May 2016 | David Casale

We need a new energy Trilemma … like a hole in the head! (Part 2)

Having dispatched Trilemma1 to Room 101 let me now try and place a finger in the dyke of Trilemma2 recently...Read More

Visitors from the East
13 May 2016 | Ian Thomas

Visitors from the East

Thanks to the good work of my colleague, David Wright, Mandarin-speaker and China expert, Turquoise recentl...Read More

What next for the UK Solar Industry?
23 Mar 2016 | Luke Taylor

What next for the UK Solar Industry?

It’s very easy to get caught up in hyperbole in the period immediately following a subsidy cut announcement...Read More

We need a new energy trilemma … like a hole in the head!
15 Mar 2016 | David Casale

We need a new energy trilemma … like a hole in the head!

Ian Marchant, ex CEO of SSE and ex IE President, has suggested we need a second Trilemma (see below). Howev...Read More

Floods, Insurance & Climate Change
08 Jan 2016 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

Floods, Insurance & Climate Change

It must have been incredibly dispiriting, and at times scary, to have spent the holidays in the north of th...Read More

Footballers hauling dustbins… Now there’s an Idea!
07 Dec 2015 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

Footballers hauling dustbins… Now there’s an Idea!

My eye was recently caught by an interview given by David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of Suez UK, to Andr...Read More

A Sparkling Occasion
23 Nov 2015 | Ian Thomas

A Sparkling Occasion

Last Thursday saw the third hosting of the Turquoise wine tasting challenge, which afforded us the opportun...Read More

Doing the Honourable Thing
16 Nov 2015 | Ian Thomas

Doing the Honourable Thing

Last week we were treated to a scoop from The Ecologist (no, not the Economist) which revealed a leaked let...Read More

The Heat is On
19 Oct 2015 | David Casale

The Heat is On

Apart from being one of Gloria Gaynor’s better known hits, it also signifies that, as of today (Friday 15 O...Read More

Volkswagen, Uber, cabbies and London air quality
05 Oct 2015 | Francis Wright

Volkswagen, Uber, cabbies and London air quality

London is currently in breach of EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air, which is linked to a rang...Read More

#YouStink
28 Sep 2015 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

#YouStink

Please don’t think that this is a gratuitous attempt to insult the reader….it’s just the popular name of a ...Read More

Divestment (Part 2)
21 Sep 2015 | Ian Thomas

Divestment (Part 2)

The FT reported yesterday that ‘Funds worth $2.6tn pledge to dump coal’. So, where does the industry go fro...Read More

Time is running out
14 Sep 2015 | David Casale

Time is running out

Ok I’m going to start at the beginning, I joined Shell International in The Hague in 1985 as a young engine...Read More

An Unintended Consequence of Right to Buy
07 Sep 2015 | Francis Wright

An Unintended Consequence of Right to Buy

Housing Associations, charities that provide social housing in the UK, have had a bumpy ride over the last ...Read More

A need for nuance
17 Aug 2015 | Ian Thomas

A need for nuance

Investors in the energy and environmental space know that, for better or worse, policy matters. Some exampl...Read More

The Greening of Glastonbury
27 Jul 2015 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

The Greening of Glastonbury

Music festivals have come a long way since the days of Woodstock and the Isle of Wight when, if they didn’t...Read More

Global energy: The ice bucket challenge
20 Jul 2015 | Noel Forrest

Global energy: The ice bucket challenge

The challenge being to look at the chart above. I am all for celebrating successes, of which I can think of...Read More

China: A new frontier (for me at least)
13 Jul 2015 | Francis Wright

China: A new frontier (for me at least)

Some of my colleagues have lived in China and one is fluent in Mandarin, but my recent 10 day trip to meet ...Read More

Automotive technology ventures – identifying opportunities in a challenging arena
06 Jul 2015 | Ali Naini

Automotive technology ventures – identifying opportunities in a challenging arena

Backing automotive technologies is undoubtedly risky but has huge potential upside given the very large vol...Read More

Does it make sense to import wood for energy?
03 Jul 2015 | Noel Forrest

Does it make sense to import wood for energy?

Suffice it to say, initially, that I believe the world’s present-day managed and semi-natural forest areas ...Read More

The Canaries in the Coal mine
29 Jun 2015 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

The Canaries in the Coal mine

From its origins in the coffee houses of London during the late seventeenth century until now, the modern i...Read More

Divestment: The rights and wrongs
15 Jun 2015 | Ian Thomas

Divestment: The rights and wrongs

Climate-driven divestment is all the rage. Recent high-profile announcements by large investors, such as th...Read More

A few weeks later: Conservative energy policies
01 Jun 2015 | David Casale

A few weeks later: Conservative energy policies

Not being an experienced observer of the political machine at work hasn’t deterred me from  mulling  over  ...Read More

Who should pay for climate change?
20 May 2015 | Noel Forrest

Who should pay for climate change?

Often,  giving people  a  reason to think  or  act in  a certain way is  one  of the most powerful tools  o...Read More

The conundrum of grid scale electricity storage
15 May 2015 | Francis Wright

The conundrum of grid scale electricity storage

Electricity generation from wind and solar PV is intermittent, so as the % of renewables increases, the UK ...Read More

Insurance & Climate change
10 May 2015 | Desmond Astley-Cooper

Insurance & Climate change

Insurance & Climate change My  day  was  brightened  this  morning  by  noticing  a  colourful  adverti...Read More

How the political parties shape up on climate change
02 May 2015 | David Casale

How the political parties shape up on climate change

Politicians from five political parties have clashed in a recent BBC TV debate over action to tackle climat...Read More