The $60B clean tech comeback
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The $60B clean tech comeback

Funding in the US for climate tech could reach $60B this year thanks to Wall Street success stories and widespread support.


August 24, 2021

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Remember Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth”?

It was released in 2006, coinciding with a period of rising interest in climate change and huge funding into clean tech.

According to The Economist, VCs put $25B into the industry between 2006 and 2011…

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… but lost more than half of that investment

While this experience left scar tissue for many investors, the industry is booming again. From 2013 to 2020, climate tech investing outpaced all startup funding by 5x.

This year alone, US climate tech funding may reach $60B, up significantly from $36B in 2020, per The Economist.

Public market success stories are bringing investors back

More broadly, the S&P Global Clean Energy Index has averaged annual returns of 40%+ over the past 3 years (2x the benchmark S&P 500 index).

Recognizing the urgency of the climate situation…

… clean tech investing now has significant support from:

While money is important, increased cooperation between private and public players makes tackling climate change a bit more convenient and more likely to succeed.

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