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2006 Was Turning Point for Global Climate Change Trends for Clean Tech

2006 was watershed year for changing trends regarding climate change

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What we are doing about Climate Change

2006 marked the year that even the most ardent naysayers about global climate change began to change their tune — and scientists, investors, business leaders, and politicians moved the conversation from whether climate change was occurring to what we are going to do about it. The acceptance of climate change as "real" helped to unlock latent interest in clean-energy technologies on the part of corporate and political leaders. In Washington and other capitals, clean energy is now a bipartisan issue. In corporate boardrooms, it is fast becoming an imperative.

Climate Change and Clean-Tech

As highlighted in "The Clean-Tech Revolution," co-authored by Clean Edge’s Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder (June 2007), six key forces are rapidly reshaping the global energy landscape.

The "Six Cs" include:

  • Cost
  • Capital
  • Competition
  • Consumers
  • China and
  • Climate.

Clean Tech According to Clean Edge research...

  • Global markets for biofuels (global manufacturing and wholesale pricing of ethanol and biodiesel) reached $20.5 billion in 2006 and are projected to grow to $80.9 billion by 2016;
  • Wind power (new installation capital costs) is projected to expand from $17.9 billion in 2006 to $60.8 billion in 2016;
  • Solar photovoltaics (including modules, system components, and installation) will grow from a $15.6 billion industry in 2006 to $69.3 billion by 2016; and
  • The fuel cell and distributed hydrogen market will grow from a $1.4 billion industry (primarily for research contracts and demonstration and test units) to $15.6 billion over the next decade.

Venture Capital Investments in Clean Tech Energy Technologies

U.S.-based venture capital investments in energy technologies nearly tripled from $917 million in 2005 to $2.4 billion in 2006.

As a percent of total VC investments, energy tech increased from 4.2 percent in 2005 to 9.4 percent in 2006.

Over the last seven years, venture investments in energy technologies have increased from less than 1 percent of total venture investments to nearly 10 percent.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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