Goal 7 ranks first among the SDGs on which investors intend to take action in the next 15 years
, according to ShareAction
, a UK-based NGO seeking to “make investment a force for good.” And among the investors surveyed who are supporting the SDGs currently, 67% are taking action on Goal 7. Learn more
Meanwhile, energy efficiency is highlighted in a report on long-term investment opportunities created by the SDGs
argues that investors willing to commit to challenges related to “enduring structural trends” (population growth, aging, increased urbanization, resource constraints, innovation) “can benefit from potential mispricing created by the typically shorter-term focus of financial markets.” UBS notes that for each dollar invested in energy-efficiency measures, around two dollars can be saved in investments in electricity supply, and up to four dollars in electricity costs over the life-cycle of a product.
The report points to energy-efficiency investment opportunities in buildings, transport, and information technology. Demand for energy-efficient products could grow by 7-8% annually, it says, reaching $530bn annually in 20 years.