Date: 28 Aug, 2023
Investing in Renewable Energy: Capitalizing on the Shift to Clean Energy Sources
As our world grapples with the escalating impacts of climate change, the call to transition toward renewable energy sources has never been more urgent. The imperative to embrace cleaner and more sustainable methods of energy generation stems not only from the environmental necessity but also from the collective global realization that immediate action is paramount. The global community's plea for sustainable practices has ignited a revolution, and investing in renewable energy sources has emerged as a beacon of hope in combating climate change.
Diving into Renewable Energy’s Growth Trajectory
The landscape of renewable energy is undoubtedly evolving amidst a blend of challenges and opportunities. While hurdles similar to production costs and project delays have tempered the pace of advancement, the sector is unmistakably propelled by strong tailwinds. The demand for cleaner energy sources is steadfast, fortified by burgeoning incentives and growing cost competitiveness. Despite lapses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including disruptions in supply chains and structure backups, the crisis has also sowed a renewed sense of responsibility and caution, driving the world towards a more sustainable trajectory.
Amidst these dynamics, the growth of renewable energy has not only met but exceeded prospects over the last decade. The sector's remarkable trajectory is underlined by the latest insights from the International Energy Agency (IEA), as outlined in their 2023 Electricity Market Report. The report estimates that renewable energy sources, prominently including solar and wind power alongside nuclear energy, are poised to regard for over 90% of the global demand increase by 2025.
Shift towards Responsible Investing in India
In today's age of growing concern for the environment and a compelling urgency to shift away from conventional fossil fuels, India is standing out as a pioneer in the field of renewable energy. The statistics speak for themselves: renewable electricity is experiencing an unprecedented surge in India, outpacing growth in any other major economy. This remarkable momentum is not just a fleeting trend but a calculated move towards a sustainable and greener future, as India intends to achieve a renewable energy capacity of 450 gigawatts, meet 50% of its electricity demand from renewable sources, and strive for net zero emissions by 2070.
Despite ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing being at a nascent stage in India, the emerging significance of sustainable corporate practices and principled investment approaches has gained substantial momentum. According to a recent study from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India experienced a record-breaking surge in renewable energy investments during FY22, amounting to an impressive $14.5 billion. This represented a stunning 72% increase from the pre-pandemic FY 2019–20 timeframe as well as an amazing 125% increase from the prior year. Moreover, India has also initiated various initiatives and regulations to promote sustainability and ethical business conduct. For instance, SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has made it mandatory for the top 1,000 listed companies to disclose their ESG performance. Moreover, to strengthen the adoption of renewable energy and reduce emissions, the Government of India has initiated various schemes like National Solar Mission and National Transmission Mission Scheme. Indian industries are also increasingly embracing sustainability. Many businesses have set goals to reduce their environmental footprint and increase their social governance standards as they incorporate ESG considerations into their decision-making processes.
As a global eco-friendly nation on track to achieve a $10 trillion economy by 2035, India is firmly committed to building a sustainable future. The strategic use of renewable energy within India is particularly geared to stimulate economic growth, strengthen energy security, ensure widespread access to energy and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. Benefitting from regions that experience more than 300 days of annual sunshine, India's geographical placement along the equator provides it with a strategic upper hand in harnessing solar energy. This advantage also extends to wind energy endeavors, due to the country's extensive 8,000-kilometer coastline. Moreover, India's abundant hydropower potential, surpassing 100,000 MW, is another key resource. These natural resources allow India to lead the charge in renewable energy and pave the way for an environmentally friendly economy.
With a common effort to reduce carbon footprints and pursue a sustainable green future, governments as well as industries have teamed up to transform the energy landscape, ushering in a remarkable era of transformation. Amidst the positive ecological outcomes, renewable energy is emerging as a dynamic sector, ripe with enticing investment prospects. This shift to cleaner energy sources has boosted the economy by providing countless avenues for sustained investment opportunities. For firms, these opportunities are reflected in the potential for improved profitability through government financial incentives and infrastructure. Meanwhile, the prospects for investors reveal some interesting aspects of under-the-radar options, providing a way to diversify portfolios in the realm of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investments, causing ESG factors consideration to be a pivotal aspect of today’s investment strategies adopted by responsible investors.
Invest in Sustainable Future with Rockstud Capital
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-Abhishek Agarwal, Managing Partner at Rockstud Capital
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Date: 02 Dec, 2023