Renewables Boost Energy Investment – But Not By Enough, Says IEA

An International Energy Agency (IEA) report has predicted an 8% growth in global energy investment in 2022, driven by a record spend on clean energy. The growth will see global energy investment reach US$2.4 trillion. Clean energy investment has accelerated from 2% per annum in the five years after the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015 to 12% since 2020. However, the report suggests the growth in investment will still not be enough to tackle the scope and scale of the energy crisis and sufficiently boost clean energy efforts. It also noted increased investments in fossil fuels, particularly coal, caused by energy security concerns and high prices. Developed countries and China account for the vast majority of the growth in clean energy spending, but countries including the Netherlands and Austria are increasing investment in coal to avoid reliance on Russian gas. Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, said: “We need a much faster increase to ease the pressure on consumers from high fossil fuel prices, make our energy systems more secure, and get the world on track to reach our climate goals.” 

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