Green Investments Surpass $2 Trillion Globally

Stationary Energy Strorage Research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

According to a new report by  The Green Transition Scoreboard, private investments in green markets now total more than $2 trillion.  This update is significant because many studies indicate that investing $1 trillion annually until 2020 will accelerate the Green Transition worldwide.  The updated 2010 finding of $2,005,048,785,088 puts global investors and countries on track to reach the $10 trillion in investments goal by 2020, according to the press release.

The Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) is a time-based, global tracking of the private financial system for all sectors investing in green markets and the update covers 2007 – 2010.  GTS is an ongoing research program with new reports published every six months.

The Green Transition Scoreboard® tracks five sectors:

  • Renewable Energy (private technology development, equipment manufacturing, project finance and M&A activity).
  • Efficiency and Green Construction (new building construction and existing building retrofits).
  • Cleantech (broad sector and includes agriculture; air and environment; energy efficiency, infrastructure and storage; materials; recycling and waste; transportation; and water/wastewater).
  • Smart Grid (includes companies actually putting smart grids in place, building the infrastructure rather than designing the technology).
  • Corporate Research and Development (R&D) ( research and development in green transition technologies).

The Green Transition Scoreboard® ommits:

  • Government funded projects and initiatives
  • Biofuels
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear energy
  • Coal Carbon Sequestration (CCS)
  • Green Investments under a specific dollar threshold (for accounting and data collection purposes)

For more information regarding sectors and omissions, the full report is available at

I look forward to the next report to see how much closer green investments come to the 2020 goal.

Image Credit:  PNNL – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via Flickr under CC license.

Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.


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