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His excesses, his megalomania, and his very personal conception of governance have made Elon Musk a particularly divisive figure. However, whether you like him or not, the fact remains that the plan to decarbonise the economy presented last month by Tesla is worth looking into.
2022 was one of the most successful years for the oil and gas industry; the industry is estimated to have made income of USD 4trn vs an average of USD 1.4-1.5trn in previous years. The six largest western oil companies made more money than in any year in the history of the industry: over USD 200bn.
Sovereignty and energy independence being intimately linked, the transition towards decarbonized energy will necessarily be accompanied by a redistribution of geopolitical cards.
The outlook for sustainable investment is diverging globally, simultaneously being propelled forward by regulation in Europe and parts of Asia, most notably in China, and being significantly challenged by growing politicisation and controversy in America.
2023 will be a year of unprecedented policy support.
As Al Gore said at the opening of COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, we cannot choose our misfortunes, but we can choose the benefits that come from them, especially when it comes to renewable energy. Indeed, we are in the early stages of a sustainability revolution that will have the scale of the industrial revolution and the speed of the digital revolution.
The drama unfolding in Ukraine signals the end of energy “recklessness” for Europe. The transition to a decarbonised economy has become a top political priority, guaranteeing our future independence.
QUAERO CAPITAL has launched Quaero Capital Funds (Lux) – Net Zero Emission, a new UCITS fund invested in companies whose services, products or technologies contribute to the transition to a carbon-free economy. The strategy selects current and future leaders in the field of energy and ecological transition, as well as the circular economy, from around the world and across different sectors. In addition to energy, the fund managers Olivier Ken and Martina Turner also focus on food, textiles, heavy industry, transport, urban planning and the entire supply chain.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed in law by President Biden on 16 August 2022 after House Democrats approved the biggest-ever federal investment against climate change with a 220 to 207 vote.