Global Clean-Energy Investments Reaching a Record High in Technology

clean-energy examples - solar panels and a wind turbineAccording to a BloombergNEF report released on the 14th of January, there are more than $500 billion in clean-energy technologies investments, and this is the first time ever for such peaks. The technology sector has always been expected to increase in capital, and investing in clean energy is definitely a big step.

Clean-Energy Technologies Are Expanding

Global energy transition investment, 2004-20If the world is to adequately address climate change, such investment highs should just be the beginning in the technologies that are making energy and other materials cleaner. It’s Clean-energy technologies

Clean-energy investments are accelerating due to a series of overlapping factors, such as increasing political goals (including the US elections) and falling costs.

VC Investments Are Also Breaking Records

Venture capital investment in climate tech, globally - 2009-2020The BloombergNEF report comes on the heels of a previous one, showing that the venture capital investments are also breaking records. The report shows that the VC investments in technologies are majorly aimed at combating climate change.

Low-carbon energy investment reached $501.3 billion in 2020, which is 9% more than in 2019. What’s interesting is that despite the ongoing world pandemic, this is a significant increase.

The tally also includes investments in renewables, energy storage, electric vehicle charging stations, carbon capture projects, hydrogen production, and more with the largest areas of investment being renewable energy and electrical transportation.

It’s Too Good to be True

There’s always a but to every good statement. In this particular case, the big problem is that the report mentioned above reflects another border trend, which is that investment often lags in technologies beyond renewable electricity and electric cars. As already stated, a huge portion of the investments goes to carbon capture and industrial processes such as cement.

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However, this is still good news and if the clean-energy trends keep up, an even bigger increase will be reported next year according to the International Energy Agency.