Solar investment outshines oil: IEA

May 25, 2023 11:25 AM ET
  • Investment in solar power is anticipated to overtake oil for the first time this year as clean energy spending outpaces that for fossil fuels, the IEA stated in a report Thursday.
Solar investment outshines oil: IEA

While that is a welcome development, the International Energy Agency alerted that investment in fossil fuels is climbing when it ought to be dropping fast to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

" Clean energy is moving fast--- faster than lots of people recognize," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a statement accompanying the release of the agency's most recent report on energy investment.

" This is clear in the investment fads, where clean technologies are retreating from fossil fuels," he included.

Yearly investment in clean energy is expected to have actually climbed by 24 percent from 2021 to greater than $1.7 trillion in 2023, according to the IEA. The gain for fossil fuels was 15 percent over the very same duration.

Investment in clean energy as well as fossil fuels was equivalent just five years earlier. But a mix of elements, particularly high oil and also gas prices and a stress over materials, has seen investing on renewables surge in advance.

" One beaming example is investment in solar, which is set to overtake the amount of investment going into oil production for the very first time," Birol claimed.

The IEA anticipates investment in solar power, basically photovoltaic or pv panels, to strike $380 billion this year, while investment in oil expedition and also extraction should come in at $370 billion.

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"This crowns solar as a true energy superpower," claimed Dave Jones, head of information insights at the energy brain trust Ember.

The affordable price of solar energy generation will certainly help push decarbonization efforts as electrical car adoption gathers pace.

Yet the rebound in oil and gas investment, which is expected to return to 2019 levels this year, puts the market further far from the IEA's 2050 net zero trajectory.

The IEA says overall 2023 fossil fuel investment is expected to be greater than double the amount the industry ought to be investing in 2030. For coal, it cold hit 6 times the amount.

The IEA additionally kept in mind that clean energy investment was focused in innovative nations as well as China, while the most significant rises in fossil fuel investment remain in Middle Eastern countries.

"The irony remains that several of the sunniest locations worldwide have the lowest levels of solar investment, as well as this is a problem that needs interest," stated Jones.

The IEA additionally located that significant energy firms, essentially, are not placing significant funds into the shift to green energy.

Just five percent of their cash flow in 2014 went to low-carbon and also renewable resources or carbon capture projects, just concerning a quarter of the amount that was paid overall to investors.

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