Green Investments Surpass $2 Trillion Globally

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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.

3 thoughts on “Green Investments Surpass $2 Trillion Globally”

  1. Hello,
    I’m working on a story about green investing for a publication in Flagstaff, AZ. Can you recommend any knowledgeable people in my neck of the woods whom I could interview about green investing opportunities in Arizona/the southwest? Thanks! – Anne Minard [email protected]

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