BNEF Projects US$5.1 Trillion in Renewable Energy Investments by 2030
Jul 1-22, 2014 - IISD.org
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released a report, titled 'BNEF 2030
Market Outlook,' which forecasts investment in various energy technologies
worldwide. According to the projections, renewable energy is likely to capture
almost two-thirds (65%) of the US$7.7 trillion energy investment expected by
The Outlook projects that in 2030 over half the world's power capacity mix
will come from zero-emitting sources. BNEF expects that the main driver of
renewable energy investment will increasingly be economics, rather than policy,
largely because a glut of manufacturing capacity has helped decrease prices
of wind turbines and solar cells. However, fossil fuels are expected to remain
the largest source of electricity generation by 2030, while wind and solar
may reach 16-18% of the global generation mix, according to the Outlook.
Of the 5,000 gigawatts (GW) of expected added generation capacity, only
1,073 GW will come from coal, gas and oil-fired plants. As such, BNEF is
projecting that carbon dioxide emissions will peak by the end of the next
decade. Much of the growth in fossil-fuel powered generation capacity will
take place in developing countries, according to BNEF.
The report also examines energy trends by region. Of the US$5.1 trillion
total investment to be spent on renewables (including hydropower), US$2.5
trillion will be in the Asia-Pacific region alone. The Americas will capture
US$816 billion, and Europe will see investments totaling US$967 billion.
The Africa and Middle East regions together are expected to account for the
remaining US$818 billion.