ESG #14: By 2030, renewables (mainly wind and solar power) are forecast to generate most of Europe’s power and almost half the power in the US and China. Other sectors – like transportation and heavy industry – are also decarbonizing. What drives this energy transition away from fossil fuels toward cleaner energy sources and greater energy efficiency? New regulations are discouraging greenhouse gas emissions, and government policies and market forces are stimulating massive new investment in clean technologies and green energy. Energy security threats and price volatility associated with vulnerable fossil fuel supply chains and climate risks have become more evident. But inflation, rising interest rates and ambivalent politics are still capable of hindering this fundamental shift in how the planet generates and uses energy.
In this new episode, The Energy Transition in Europe and the United States: “Blue Skies Ahead?,” Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group partners Matt Brown and Allan Marks compare notes on the energy transition and the state of the market in the US, the UK and Europe. They analyze in detail some of the tailwinds accelerating green investment (including European climate regulations and the US Inflation Reduction Act), affected technologies (including green steel, natural gas and LNG, hydrogen, renewables, nuclear power, batteries and mining), and the role of different sources of capital (including cross-border investment, private credit funds, banks and tax equity).
About the Speakers
Matt Brown is a partner in the Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group, based in London. He represents sponsors, lenders, export credit agencies, and governments on all aspects of energy and infrastructure development and finance matters world-wide. He has a significant focus on energy transition matters (including battery gigafactories, battery storage, hydrogen and other green industrial projects) as well as oil and gas, LNG, and conventional and renewable power matters.
Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex energy and infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Many of his transactions relate to ESG and sustainability, innovative clean technologies, and sophisticated contractual risk allocation. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at the Law School and previously at the Haas S