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Green investments in SE Asia rise 20% to USD6.3bn in 2023

Private sector investments in Southeast Asia’s green economy rose 20% to USD6.3bn in 2023, from USD5.2bn the previous year, according to a report by Bain and Temasek. This increase follows two years of decline and is driven by innovative finance and growing interest in green power, including electric vehicles and energy-efficient data centres. However, these investments still fall short of the USD1.5tr needed by 2030 for the region’s green transition. Currently, cumulative investments total USD45bn since 2021. The report, released at the Ecosperity sustainability conference, highlights 13 investable opportunities across sectors like agriculture and real estate, which could generate USD150bn annually by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes if fully implemented. Despite these opportunities, challenges such as lower-than-expected returns and political risks hinder further investment.


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