Global private sector investments in green technology companies totaled more than US$2.4 trillion between 2007 and the second quarter of 2011. These investments are growing at an annual rate of approximately US$1 trillion.
This information was provided by Ethical Markets Media, a Florida and Brazil-based company that provides data analysis and media production in an effort to grow the green economy. Their annual Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS) tracks environmentally-related private investment over time. The GTS reports include all non-government commitments to the green market worldwide.
Considering ongoing global economic difficulties, these are impressive numbers. As noted by said Hazel Henderson, president of Ethical Markets Media and creator of the scoreboard. “This updated total is noteworthy, as it comes in spite of economic uncertainty,”
Timothy Nash, lead researcher for the GTS said this trend extends to smaller deals. “Deals under $100 million…are significant as they demonstrate how thousands of different companies believe in the economic soundness of greening industries. These diverse companies are all investing in making systems and products more effective, using less energy and generating less pollution throughout the life-cycle,” Nash said.
“In a Wall Street versus Main Street discussion, the GTS shows how both types of investors increasingly are moving toward green technologies and processes,” said Rosalinda Sanquiche, executive director of Ethical Markets Media and editor of the GTS report.