March 30, 2021

Chart of the Week: Renewable energy stocks – pause for breath or hit the rocks?

by Fathom Consulting.

After a stellar 2020, renewable energy stocks have fallen this year, down nearly 30% relative to their high in the second week of January. Toppy valuations and investor concerns about inflation and a possible rise in interest rates have contributed to this decline, but many of the factors which prompted corporates and asset managers to add green assets to their portfolio and drove the index to highs last year remain in place. Governments around the world continue to pursue ‘net zero’ goals. Demand for ESG and sustainable products continues to grow. New financial reporting rules have come into place, such as those in the UK which require large asset managers and premium-listed firms to report climate-related risks following TCFD recommendations. It would not be a surprise if the World Renewable Energy Index started climbing again soon.

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