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Preparing for the Next Wave of Cleantech Investment

Sustainability and clean energy have been gaining prominence for the past two decades, but today’s complex geopolitical dynamics and rapid technological advances have added new dimensions to calculations.

This survey of 200 private equity and corporate development executives provides an in-depth analysis of the latest trends in cleantech investment, exploring the opportunities and challenges facing investors in this rapidly evolving sector. It provides valuable insights into the current state of renewable energy and attendant technologies, the challenges of integrating and creating value from cleantech solutions, and the target sectors and markets that are driving capital into the sector.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Just under a third of respondents (30% overall) say the target in their most recent cleantech deal was related to renewable energy, with an emphasis on solar and wind. Likewise, the renewables subsector is expected to offer the most attractive M&A opportunities in the next 24 months, accruing 39% of first-choice votes.
  • A third of respondents believe the single most important driver of increased investment in cleantech is the scale of ESG-related funds ready for deployment.
  • 75% of respondents say that recent developments in public policy and regulations around energy have amplified their focus on cleantech or clean energy investment, including 25% who say this has greatly increased their appetite.