Report from UNEP-Frankfurt School examines in detail how investment flows into renewables are evolving around the world, and the reasons for those changes

London, 12 June 2013. Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013 is the sixth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. Based on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, it has become the world’s foremost reference document for renewable energy investment statistics, and for the examination of trends by region, country, sector and investment type.

The report, commissioned by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, can be downloaded from

The figures used in the report are the latest drawn from the BNEF database, and they reflect some modest adjustments in investment totals from the numbers announced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on 15 April. Investment in renewable energy, as shown in the Global Trends report, was $244.4bn, down 12% on 2011’s record of $279bn.

Clean energy investment, including renewables but also energy smart technologies such as smart grid, efficiency, power storage and advanced transportation, is now put at $266.9bn in 2012, down 12% from the previous year’s $303.1bn . If you include asset finance of these energy smart technologies, including the roll-out of smart meters and distribution automation equipment, then the clean energy investment total for 2012 reaches $281.1bn, compared to $317.2bn in 2011.

A new Bloomberg New Energy Finance fact pack incorporating the revised annual numbers will be published in early July, at the time of the release of the figures for clean energy investment in the second quarter of 2013.