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Asia-Pacific green energy investment to surge to ‘$1.3 trillion by 2030′
A solar power plant under construction in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo: Reuters.

Region expected to double its spending on renewable power generation over the next decade – accounting for over half of total investment – with fossil fuel expenditure predicted to plunge 

 

Asia-Pacific investment in renewable energy generation is expected to dwarf fossil fuel power expenditure by 2030.

It’s predicted that investment in green energy by 2030 could double to $1.3 trillion from the previous decade, with fossil fuel power spending expected to drop by about 25% to $54 billion annually, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

“Asia-Pacific power generation investments are leading the world and expected to hit $2.4 trillion in the current decade, with renewables accounting for over half,” the consultancy’s research director Alex Whitworth said.

 

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China, Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan are among the top contributors to renewable investments, which include solar and wind, in the Asia Pacific with an average of about 140 gigawatts of additional capacities annually, Woodmac said in a note on Tuesday.

By contrast, Woodmac said renewable investments in Australia – Asia Pacific’s leader in the energy transition – will drop by 60% in the next five years, but pick up again to average $7 billion a year in 2030s.

“The country is closing ageing coal-fired plants and facing reliability and cost challenges at least 10 years earlier than other Asian countries,” said Woodmac senior analyst Le Xu.

Coal is expected to make up 55% of Asia-Pacific’s fossil fuel investments until 2030, before shrinking to 30% in the 2030s as gas dominates, said Whitworth.

 

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The region’s carbon emissions from power sector is likely to peak at 7.3 billion tonnes by 2025, equivalent to 1.8 tonnes per person or less than half the level of most developed countries.

While the region’s power sector carbon emissions are expected to drop by 47% from their 2025 peak, “inertia in the coal power fleet will prevent Asia-Pacific from reaching carbon-free power by 2050,” said Whitworth.

New technologies such as carbon capture and storage and green fuels including hydrogen, ammonia and biomass into coal and gas generation will be key in reducing power sector emissions, said Whitworth.

 

  • Reporting by Reuters

 

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Sean OMeara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.

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