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COP28: where do greener investors go from here?

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🗞️ Driving the news: The recent COP28 climate summit in Dubai marked a significant advancement in international climate agreements, with commitments including a move away from fossil fuels and a tripling of renewable energy capacity by 2030

🔭 The context: Despite these promising developments, the renewable energy sector has faced financial challenges, with clean energy stocks underperforming compared to the broader market 
• This is attributed to higher interest rates and inflation, impacting renewable energy developers more than fossil fuel counterparts

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The commitments at COP28 are crucial for the planet's future, aiming to drastically increase renewable energy capacity and reduce reliance on fossil fuels 
• This aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and transition to a more sustainable energy future

⏭️ What's next: Analysts anticipate a potential rebound in renewable energy stocks in the coming year. Government policies, like the US Inflation Reduction Act, and advancements in renewable technologies, especially solar, could boost the sector 
• The electric vehicle (EV) market is also expected to grow, despite current challenges like reduced subsidies and increased competition

💬 One quote: A CEO of a leading renewable energy company expressed frustration at the decline in share prices despite a booming business, calling it a "market failure"

📈 One stat: BlackRock’s iShares Global Clean Energy exchange-traded fund, focusing heavily on renewable energy, is down 24% this year, compared to a 20% rise in the MSCI World index

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