The Potential for Transatlantic Investment in Clean Technology – An Opportunity Assessment of the Clean Energy Sector

March 4, 2005

Lew Milford, Ken Locklin, Cameron Brooks | Clean Energy Group

In April 2004 the Carbon Trust supported the Clean Energy Group to explore the potential for and market interest in the creation of a Transatlantic Investment Network. The opportunity assessment aimed to analyze:

  • Trends in the clean energy sector and the immediate investment opportunities;
  • Identify institutions active in the sector and the financial resources/products utilized; and
  • Investigate the barriers to sustained investment to accelerate the market.

The findings and recommendations in this report are based predominantly on the results of almost 40 face to face interviews conducted by Clean Energy Group, based on a customized questionnaire.

The sample of interviewees represented a cross-section of clean energy finance market players, selected from a diverse range of public and private organizations and institutions in the USA and the EU.

The Carbon Trust and Clean Energy Group see great potential for a new transatlantic Investment Network that focuses on opportunities in a broad suite of “clean technologies.” This report focuses on the specific challenges in the important clean energy sector, which presently accounts for more than half of all clean tech investment. We believe that many of the findings and challenges identified will be similar across other clean technologies, but did not investigate them during the course of this specific research.