Investment policy

Mobilising investment in clean energy infrastructure


Mobilising investment in low-carbon technologies, including in renewable-power generation, is central to meeting the commitment in the 2015 Paris Agreement to "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels". 

Investment & innovation in renewable energy

21/02/2017 - What’s holding back investment and innovation in renewable energy? There is no shortage of capital available globally to finance renewable-energy projects. The financial sector encompasses more than €100 trillion of assets. So how is it that investment in renewable energy is not flowing faster? Read the blog


31/05/2017 - The working paper “The Empirics of Enabling Investment and Innovation in Renewable Energy” provides insights on key policy drivers and barriers to investment and innovation in renewable power in OECD and G20 countries. Based on econometric analysis, it assesses the impacts of climate mitigation policies and the quality of the investment environment on both investment and patenting activity in renewable-power generation since 2000. The analysis also assesses how the investment environment and related policy misalignments influence the effect of climate mitigation policies in encouraging renewables investment and innovation.


1/08/2017 - Successfully attracting investment and innovation in renewable energy requires not only core climate policies, such as pricing carbon, but also a focus on the broader investment environment. This article on "The government role in mobilising investment and innovation in renewable energy" reviews some of the main factors holding back investment and innovation in renewable energy and looks at what governments can do to take action.



State-Owned Enterprises and the Low-Carbon Transition

2017 forthcoming - This report will examine the role and influence of SOEs in the fossil fuel extraction and electricity sectors. After providing the bigger picture of the extensive influence of SOEs over energy-related greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in many countries, research will focus specifically on investment in deployment of renewable electricity technologies. Through qualitative and quantitative techniques, the project will explore how SOEs and other formerly vertically-integrated utilities may affect investment by other actors in new renewable electricity generation capacity. The project will analyse the role, influence and potential advantages of such incumbents in different electricity markets. Where possible, empirical analyses will be conducted to test hypotheses about potential influences on investment, including through overseas investments by SOEs.

This project brings together OECD and IEA work on barriers to clean energy investment with broader OECD work on SOEs and competitive neutrality.



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Blogs, speeches, articles

Investing in green energy

Breaking down the barriers to clean energy trade and investment

Angel Gurría speech to G20 Leaders

OECD instruments, guidance and research

Fragmentation in clean energy investment and financing 


Overcoming Barriers to International Investment in Clean Energy


Policy Framework for Investment


Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure


Mapping Channels to Mobilise Institutional Investment in Sustainable Energy


Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy


Mobilising private investment in sustainable transport


Towards a Green Investment Policy Framework


Transition to a Low-carbon Economy



OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment

OECD work on climate change

OECD work on green growth

OECD work with the G20

Investment for green growth

Financing climate change action  


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