Finance and investments in clean energy rose globally in 2010 to set a record of $243 billion, a whopping 30% increase over 2009. But the U.S., far from being a leader in the burgeoning field, fell to third place as China took the top spot once again.
According to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts, China set its own record with $54.4 billion in investments in 2010, up 39% from the year before and easily outdistanced its second-place competitor, Germany, which increased its own investments 100%, to a total of $41.2 billion. The U.S. lagged behind with a total of $34 billion. It lost the top slot in 2008 and has yet to regain the lead.
But the U.S. is far from the worst performer; the U.K., among G20 nations, has fallen the farthest, from 5th to 13th with the report indicating that uncertainty about clean energy policies is encouraging investors to seek opportunities elsewhere.