Clean Energy, Carbon Investment Rose 30% to $243 Billion in 2010

Global investment in clean energy and the carbon markets surged 30 percent last year from 2009 levels to a record $243 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Investment in 2010 was the highest since the London-based researcher began keeping records in 2004. The figures were pooled from a database of financial transactions in clean energy and the carbon markets, New Energy Finance said in a statement.

“Total worldwide new investment in clean energy surged last year by over $50 billion into new record territory,” Michael Liebreich, chief executive of New Energy Finance, said today in the statement. “It was nearly five times higher than when we first handed out the New Energy Finance League Table Awards, six years ago.”

The research company named 13 organizations it considers the leading investors and financial service providers in clean energy and the carbon markets.

Among these, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, based in the U.S., scooped top investor by number of venture capital investment rounds.

For mergers and acquisitions, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA) won top financial adviser to target companies, and Banco Santander SA (SAN) was the leading adviser to acquirer. The European Investment Bank was the biggest arrangers of project finance, and Invesco Ltd.’s PowerShares Cleantech fund was the best performing clean energy fund last year.

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