18th July 2023


Investment in Clean Energy on the Rise

Investment in clean energy technology has witnessed a remarkable surge, primarily driven by the prevailing global energy crisis.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar energy investments are poised to surpass oil investments for the first time in history this year.

In a recent report, the IEA highlights a substantial shift in expenditure, with clean energy technology outpacing fossil fuel investments. This shift can be attributed to concerns over affordability and security triggered by the ongoing global energy crisis.

The executive director of the IEA, Fatih Birol, emphasized the rapid progress of clean energy, surpassing the expectations of many. In his statement, he noted, "Clean energy is advancing at an accelerated pace, exceeding the awareness of many individuals. This is evident in the investment trends, where clean technologies are now pulling ahead of fossil fuels."

The report further reveals that for every dollar invested in fossil fuels, approximately $1.7 (€1.58) is now being directed towards clean energy. This represents a significant shift from a one-to-one ratio observed just five years ago.

Driven primarily by investments in solar power, the renewable energy sector has witnessed a remarkable surge in funding, with low-emissions technologies projected to comprise around 90 percent of all investments in power generation. Furthermore, consumers are increasingly participating in this trend, as evidenced by the soaring global sales of heat pumps and the anticipated one-third surge in electric vehicle sales in 2023, following a remarkable upswing observed last year.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) attributes the recent turnaround to a combination of factors. These include periods of robust economic growth and volatile fossil fuel prices that heightened concerns about energy security following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Additionally, the growth of clean energy has been supported by various policies, such as the US Inflation Reduction Act, alongside initiatives implemented in Europe, Japan, and China.

Despite these positive developments, it remains crucial for investments in fossil fuels to decline rapidly. The IEA emphasizes that achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 requires a significant reduction in fossil fuel investment. Notably, most of the companies increasing their investments since the COVID-19 pandemic are large national oil firms based in the Middle East. Although many fossil fuel companies experienced record profits last year, a substantial portion of these earnings has been allocated to dividends, share buybacks, and debt repayment, rather than reinvested in traditional supply channels.