The development of renewable energies, the rapid proliferation of new technologies, and growing citizen and government awareness of the environmental impact of energy transition have completely transformed our customary consumption patterns.
An inevitable transition
In responsible investment, energy transition is now an increasingly important theme. It is one of the most significant structural changes in recent decades and a major step towards integration of decentralized and renewable energy sources. With the increase in production and the reduction in the resources required, this transition is calling into question traditional business models and creating new opportunities for investors.
Promising themes for the environment
What are the most promising changes and what will be their real impact on the environment? A brief overview to help you better understand:
The growth of renewable energies has led to a 75% decrease in the cost of solar energy over the past five years. Over the next 25 years, renewables will account for 60% of new energy sources.
The smart grid can maximize resources thanks to information technologies and sensors that identify equipment which is operating inefficiently. These new technologies regulate voltage levels and balance output and consumption. In the case of renewable energies, the proximity of their source and of their distribution targets reduces the need for transmission infrastructures.
More efficient means of transportation will transform our ways of travelling, as well as the transportation of goods around the world. Using lighter materials in vehicles, hybrid energy systems, auto start-stop technologies, and the use of electric energy and clean fuels promise to substantially increase the energy efficiency of trucks, trains and cars, with the latter already improving 7% per year.
The construction of intelligent buildings using the latest technological advances such as combined heat and power generation (95% efficiency), more efficient lighting and HVAC systems, smart thermostats, modular design and renewable building materials will help reduce their energy consumption by more than 30%.
Manufacturing production already uses new variable-speed motors that have reduced their energy consumption by more than 20%, while in the petrochemical industry, natural sugars are processed to replace the petroleum components in the production of latex, wallpaper and insulation with, as a bonus, a 20% decrease in the cost of the energy used.
Investing in energy transition is a way of participating in the implementation of efficient solutions that will protect the environment for future generations. With our Mackenzie Global Environmental Equity Fund, you can act now to promote the emergence and viability of these solutions.
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