The clean energy race. How countries are investing? A report by PEW

Being eco-friendly, sustainable and social responsible became a key status for nations.  Early this month at the 2nd World Forum on Sustainability, Brazil was pointed out as a leading country in terms of clean energy by global leaders such as Bill Clinton. We are lucky to get now fresh insights and data from a report published by The PEW Environment Group “Who is winning the clean energy race?” .

“The report examines key financial, investment and technological trends related to clean energy in the world’s leading economies, also known as the Group of Twenty (G-20).  primary focus is on investment, which is the fuel that propels the innovation, commercialization, manufacturing and installation of clean energy technologies. ”

China is leading clean investment in absolute terms

China  is leading investment for clean energy asset financing, attracting $47.3 billion. The United States was second at $21 billion, followed by Brazil at $6.9 billion and Germany at $6.2 billion.

What do they say about Brazil

“Brazil is sixth among G-20 members for investments in clean energy and second only to China among emerging economies. Brazil’s total clean energy investment in 2010 was $7.6 billion, with 40 percent invested in biofuels, 31 percent in wind, and 28 percent in other renewable energy sources. Brazil also places sixth among the G-20 for five-year rate of investment growth, which stands at 81 percent. Brazil is also among the top 10 countries for amount of GDP invested in clean energy.  With almost 14 GW, Brazil has the world’s seventh largest installed clean energy capacity to complement its significant biofuels capacity.”

Published by Hildete Vodopives

Hildete de Moraes Vodopives is founder of Brazil Global and of the Harvard Strategists Group. She has a PhD in Economic History and advises companies and investment agencies in international business development.She served as Corporate Relations Director and later, on the board of the Brazilian Investment Analysts Association (APIMEC).

2 thoughts on “The clean energy race. How countries are investing? A report by PEW

  1. “So, I ask you: where does the hostility towards me come from?”

    There is no hostility towards you from me, I’m just being too direct. Don’t take it that way. But please, don’t copy to much from “the economist”. Today we all know why they use misleading “stats” and information”. You suppose to be different.

    Yes, I do listen to bossa nova (Marisa Monte)
    I’m Dutch, lived for some years in Sao Paulo-SP, now I live in Miami-FL.

    “I appreciate that Brazil has done many things very well, including clean energy, which the United States can learn from. It should”

    It should, but it won’t and it can’t. Why? They don’t care and still have the mindset that oil is the primary source for energy. Let’s not forget that the corn based ethanol here in the US is a scam and way to expensive (specially for us taxpayers).


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