Greening’ existing infrastructure should be prioritised over investment into new clean energy projects
9 July 2020
With global investment in new renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro-electric projects) at $282.2 billion in 2019, it is clear that there is a growing appetite to invest into new clean energy projects. But is investing large sums into new projects putting the cart before the horse? Should the focus instead, be on ‘greening’ existing infrastructure to achieve the goals set out in the European Commission’s 2030 climate and energy framework?
Watch our industry leading speakers as they discuss and debate:
- To what extent will it be possible to meet net zero emission targets without a wide-scale shift towards greening existing infrastructure?
- Will focusing investment on existing infrastructure overcome the key issue of a lack of viable projects for big balance sheets?
- How far will the mismatch in the risk and returns offered to institutional investors be overcome by focusing on ‘greening’ existing infrastructure?
- What is the role of governments in ensuring that there is a balance?