Overcoming Barriers to International Investment in Clean Energy

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The perceived potential of clean energy to support employment in the post-crisis recovery context has led several OECD and emerging economies to design green industrial policies aimed at protecting domestic manufacturers, notably through local-content requirements (LCRs). These typically require solar or wind developers to source a specific share of jobs, components or costs locally. Such requirements have been designed or implemented in the solar- and wind-energy sectors in at least 21 countries, including 16 OECD countries and emerging economies, mostly since 2009.

Empirical evidence gathered in this report shows however that LCRs have actually hindered international investment across the solar PV and wind-energy value chains, by increasing the cost of inputs for downstream activities. This report also takes stock of other measures that can restrict international investment in solar PV and wind energy, such as trade remedies and technical barriers. This report provides policy makers with evidence-based analysis to guide their decisions in designing clean-energy support policies.



Executive summary

Investment in clean energy needs to be mobilised at pace and at scale to contribute to mitigating climate change and achieve the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Doing so can also provide numerous other social and economic benefits for both developed and developing countries. “Clean energy” as defined in this paper includes the following sectors: solar, wind, small and large hydroelectric, geothermal, marine, biomass and wasteto- energy power plants, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and energy-efficient technologies such as smart grids and electric vehicles. Scaling up investment in clean energy will require the mobilisation of private investment from both domestic and international sources and policies that provide a supportive domestic investment environment.


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