Beyond belief: Let's make Doubting Thomas the patron saint of green energy investment

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Dan Klein of Zühlke
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Dan Klein of Zühlke

You can't move for headlines heralding a massive green opportunity. Downing Street plans to invest £12bn and create 250,000 green jobs, ex-Bank of England governor Mark Carney says $170trn of private wealth is ready and waiting to join the green investment part, and there is a wave of industry commentators telling investors to get their cheque books out because everything will be different with a new US President at the helm.

In nine years' time, all new cars will need to be zero emission. While 2030 might seem a long way off, that is just around the corner in infrastructure terms given the volume needed as well as the planning, financing and building process. It is easy to be brave with other people's money. So what actual investment opportunities are we talking about here? We are talking about investing in an emerging market being forced into existence through government policies such as banning the sale of petrol vehicles by 2030. We are talking about changing the electricity industry and investing i...

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