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Five percent report

Estimating the climate benefits of investing in renewable energy

What could be the potential climate benefits if a financial institution starts to invest directly into renewable energy?
The report, titled “Five percent renewable energy investments in a two degrees world” , illustrates what would be the theoretical impact if three large investors were to invest 5 percent of their total holdings directly in renewable energy infrastructure.

For every investor, the report presents results in terms of (i) renewable electricity capacity (new power plants), (ii) electricity generation, and (iii) associated emission averted if the clean energy substitutes fossil fuel electricity.

The three investors are:
  • Norway's GPFG (world's largest sovereign wealth fund);
  • Signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Investments (UNPRI);
  • Signatories of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR - CERES).
In addition to the report, WWF has developed an online tool named "REcalc: Renewable Energy Calculator", which you can use to estimate how much a given amount of investment can contribute to build a more sustainable future. To use the tool, you only need a few data inputs, and the modelling tool will provide ready-to-use graphical results.

Click on the image to open the webcalculator:

The report is accompanied by three infographics that summarize the main results for the Norwegian's fund (GPFG), in English and Norwegian, and for UNPRI's signatories (English only):

GPFG (English)

UNPRI (English)

SPu Norsk
GPFG (Norwegian)

Click on the image to read the report online, or download the pdf from the menu on the right.

The model developed in the report relies on the latest data from authoritative sources such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).