Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008
Global investment in Sustainable Energy broke all previous records in 2007, with $148.4 billion of new money raised, an increase of 60% over 2006. Total transactions in Sustainable Energy, including acquisition activity, was $204.9 billion. Asset finance – investment in new Renewable Energy capacity - was the main driver for this surge in investment, rising 68% to reach $84.5 billion in 2007, fuelled mainly by the wind sector. Public market investment also raced ahead in 2007, with investment of $23.4 billion in 2007, more than double the $10.5 billion raised in 2006. In early 2008, investment growth continues amid the turmoil in the global financial markets. This healthy investment environment bodes well for the continued growth of the Sustainable Energy sector. The report provides an overview of different types of capital flows and an analysis of the trends in Sustainable Energy Investment activity in developed and developing countries. The information is intended to be a strategic tool for understanding the status of the Sustainable Energy sector’s development and for weighing future public and private commitments to the sector.