The climate crisis is a financial market emergency with Tim Buckley
Financial markets have recognised that the climate crisis is also a financial market emergency.
A report out of Harvard recently stated that nearly 1 in 5 deaths globally are associated with burning fossil fuels. Incredibly, the Covid19 pandemic has changed how we see the climate crisis in a number of ways.
Firstly, it resulted in an unprecedented decline in global energy consumption during 2020.
Secondly, it showed us that in order to deal with the pandemic we must listen to science and take action at a global level.
Thirdly and somewhat conveniently, a trade war emerged between Saudi Arabia, the U.S and Russia over oil, leading to a collapse in the price of both oil and liquid natural gas (LNG) and a 60% decline in the leading global oil companies.
This resulted in pressure on the financial sector to transform their thinking around fossil fuels, as they realised the potential for the climate crisis to become a wealth crisis.
A 60% collapse in the value of Exxon is a very good reminder to financial leaders that if they don’t act on the science and they don’t act on the risk, they stand to lose a lot of money.
The price of wind energy has dropped 50%, solar energy 90% and batteries 90% over the past decade.
The production of solar power in India is now cheaper than the continued running costs of existing coal-fired power plants.
There is a tectonic shift that is accelerating and it is motivated by money.
Watch or listen to this compelling podcast with Tim Buckley as to why financial markets are dictating that we pivot to renewable energy whether governments want to or not. The climate crisis is also a financial market emergency.
Tim Buckley has 30 years financial markets experience, including providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) since 2013, studying energy efficiency and renewables across China and India, and the resulting stranded asset risks in Australia.
Tim was co-founder of a start-up global listed clean energy equities fund with Westpac as a cornerstone investor. From 1998 to 2007 Tim was Managing Director at Citigroup, Head of Australasian Equity Research, and worked at Macquarie Group in Australia and the Deutsche Bank in Singapore as a top rated equity analyst since 1988.
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