In One Chart: How billions are being pledged for the clean energy race in the U.S., Europe

by | Apr 3, 2023 | Stock Market

The U.S. and European Union have plans to unleash roughly $1.1 trillion combined in funding through 2027 as part of a clean-energy race to lower carbon emissions, according to a new tally from the BlackRock Investment Institute. That was a big bump up from pledges of about $200 billion each (see chart) in the years before the pandemic, which gave rise to major governmental funding initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

Some $1.1 trillion is being aimed at transitioning the U.S. and the European Union to clean energy through 2027.

BlackRock Investment Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute and European Commission

A BlackRock Investment team led by Wei Li, global chief investment strategy, said recent policy initiatives, including the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, have opened up investment opportunities that have “so far gone largely under the radar,” in a Monday client note. They called the clean-tech push a “strategic priority for countries,” given the growing fragmentation of the geopolitical backdrop, which has Australia, Canada and the U.K. “set to jump in,” causing the race to accelerate. BlackRock
is the world’s largest asset manager with some $10 trillion in assets under management. The BlackRock Investment Institute, its research arm, said on Monday that portfolios should include both clean energy “transition-linked” assets like infrastructure and traditional energy, as it’s likely to be a bumpy journey to lower-carbon economies. West Texas Intermediate crude

was trading about 6.3% higher Monday near $80 a barrel, after oil producers known as OPEC+ on Sunday surprised markets with a planned cut in crude production. The S&P 500 index
was roughly flat on Monday, but its energy component was up 4.7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
was 0.7% higher and the Nasdaq Composite Index
was down 0.9%, according to FactSet. Shares of energy-focused exchange-traded funds focused were higher Monday, including the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund
up 4.6%, at last check.  Tesla Inc. shares
were down 6.3% Monday after the electric-vehicle maker said it delivered 422,875 v …

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