BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation based in New York City. Founded in 1988, initially as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager, with $6.96 trillion in assets under management as of September 2019.
  • BlackRock's latest report suggests that the green energy transition will demand an unprecedented $4 trillion investment annually by the mid-2030s.
  • This steep increase highlights the necessity for enhanced public-private partnerships, especially in the burgeoning markets of the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The strategy includes boosting policy support and employing blended finance to mobilize private sector involvement.

According to BlackRock the global shift towards green energy is set to dramatically increase financial requirements, necessitating $4 trillion annually by the mid-2030s.

This projection, presented in BlackRock’s “Investment Institute Transition Scenario,” suggests that such a figure would be a doubling of previous estimates, highlighting the significant escalation in the scale of investment needed.

This ambitious goal underscores the critical role of public-private partnerships, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, which is poised as a central hub for energy investment. Both developed and emerging markets within this region are key areas for deploying capital towards green energy projects. Michael Dennis, BlackRock’s head of APAC Alternatives Strategy & Capital Markets, emphasized this point during Singapore’s Ecosperity Week, noting the region’s potential in energy investments.

Investment trends have shown promising growth, with $1.8 trillion poured into energy transition projects in the previous year alone, a stark increase from $33 billion in 2004. Despite these advances, an $18 trillion gap remains to meet the required investments by 2030.


BlackRock CEO Larry Fink (BusinessInsider)

This gap spans various risk profiles, from safer bets in core energy infrastructure to riskier ventures such as late-stage venture capital and private equity.

To bridge this substantial capital gap, Dennis highlights the willingness of investors to prioritize the energy transition. A recent survey by BlackRock found that over half of the 200 institutional investors surveyed planned to boost their investments in this area within the next three years. This commitment reflects a growing recognition of the importance of sustainable investments in institutional portfolios.

Public policy also plays a pivotal role in facilitating these investments. In the United States, for instance, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has successfully mobilized public funds towards projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. However, further policy adjustments, particularly around energy pricing and market deregulation, are deemed necessary, especially in emerging markets where approximately 60% of needed capital is expected to come from the private sector.

Blended finance is highlighted as a crucial mechanism to attract investment, particularly in emerging markets. This approach, as defined by the OECD, involves the strategic use of development funds to leverage additional private finance towards sustainable development. It serves not only to kickstart early-stage projects but also to make green assets more attractive for investment within current portfolio structures.

Furthermore, achieving the world’s green financing goals requires the development of skilled talent and the adaptation of risk frameworks to better accommodate green project investments. Such comprehensive strategies will ensure a more robust and sustainable approach to meeting the global demand for clean energy, potentially revolutionizing the investment landscape and contributing significantly to global efforts against climate change.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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