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Can private equity accelerate the green transition?

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🗞️ Driving the news: Private equity is increasingly significant in the green transition, with major funds like KKR, Apollo, and Brookfield raising energy transition funds
• Private capital invested $7.2 billion in global renewable energy in 2023, the highest in five years 
• Yet, a report alleges KKR continues to invest heavily in fossil fuels despite its green energy pledges

🔭 The context: The International Energy Agency states the world needs $4.5 trillion annually in clean energy investments by the early 2030s to meet the Paris Agreement’s goals
• Private capital is essential in bridging the funding gap, with record amounts of unspent cash, or "dry powder," totaling $2.63 trillion

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Private equity's focus on both green investments and fossil fuels presents a paradox, slowing down the green transition and perpetuating emissions
• KKR's support for fossil fuels undermines its sustainability claims, highlighting the need for a cohesive and consistent approach

⏭️ What's next: The success of private equity's initial energy transition investments will shape future strategies
• Concerns over political risks, regulatory uncertainties, and greenwashing complicate the landscape, while continued investment hinges on proven financial returns

💬 One quote: “The private equity model continues to extract resources from fossil fuel assets that should instead be cleaned up, remediated, and transitioned” (Aditi Sen of Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund)

📈 One stat: In 2023, KKR-backed fossil fuel assets emitted 93 million metric tons of CO2, exceeding the energy emissions of 34 US states

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