1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity. Renewables provide only around 3% of the world's energy needs. People need to switch to clean energy - and the sooner, the better. According to IEA, over the period to 2035, the investment required each year to supply the world's energy needs will rise steadily towards USD 2,000 billion, while annual spending on energy efficiency will increase to USD 550 billion. Just renewables alone, will require USD 6 trillion in investment over this period. In terms of infrastructure generally, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates USD 57 trillion in infrastructure investment will be required between now and 2030, simply to keep up with projected global GDP growth (including transport, power, water, and telecommunications).
It's a strange situation we are in today. On one side, there is a huge amount of institutional capital which has to be invested, but the investors do not know to where. On the other side, there is a tremendous need for renewable energy and infrastructure investments worldwide. Renewable energy and infrastructure are both very long-term investments, and, thus, the investment decisions are very sensitive to the cost of capital. The cost of capital is a function of how well established the asset class is and how easy it is to invest. With its global online platform, Blue Yellow can help to simplify renewable energy transactions and ultimately lower the cost of capital necessary for renewable energy investments. Additionally, as of today, the investments are done by middlemen who collect very high fees for not much of added value - this should change as well.
Commodification and digitalization of renewable energy investments will have significant benefits. If the cost of capital (both equity and debt) is lowered, more investment decisions will be taken. Blue Yellow can help to speed up the transition to clean energy. Blue Yellow is a global, clean-energy online platform which helps to standardize energy investments.
Blue Yellow is a place where sellers (project developers or owners), buyers (investors of any kind) and service providers (due diligence, buy side or sell side advisory) meet.
The result is a more transparent and efficient market. Blue Yellow helps members raise capital, buy and sell renewable energy projects, locate potential investments and new clients. Blue Yellow isn’t designed - or meant to replace in-person meetings. It is a platform to better source information and opportunities, prior to committing valuable resources.
Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation is a Swiss foundation based in Basel working to promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure through sustainable infrastructure design and financing on a global scale. Active since 2008, GIB works with multiple stakeholders ranging from city representatives to project developers and infrastructure financiers, with a focus on emerging and developing countries. GIB envisions a world where sustainable and resilient infrastructure is the norm rather than the exception.