Clean-Energy Investment Rises in 3 Countries Amid Global Decline

Apr 03, 2014 12:01 am ET

April 3 (Bloomberg) -- Three G-20 nations saw an increase in clean-energy investments last year even as funding declined globally for the second consecutive year, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Spending in Japan increased 80 percent to $28.6 billion, almost doubling the nation’s solar capacity, Canada spent 45 percent more at $6.5 billion and the U.K. spent 13 percent more at $12.4 billion, according to a Pew report released today.

That made Japan the third-biggest market for renewables, after China and the U.S. The U.K. came in fourth.

“Despite a slow recovery from a global recession and damaging policy uncertainty, the clean energy industry has established itself as a $250 billion component of the world economy,” Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s clean energy program, said in an e-mailed statement.

Global investment last year declined 11 percent to $254 million, according to Pew. In 2012, spending fell 9 percent from a record $318 billion in 2011.