The findings are based on a survey of 500 senior executives in the renewable energy industry worldwide. Survey respondents were spread across Europe (30 percent), North America (30 percent) and Asia-Pacific (30 percent), with the Middle East, Africa and South America accounting for the remainder.
Over 40 percent of survey respondents selected China as the country from which new investors and acquirers are most likely to emerge during the next 18 months, followed by the USA (29 percent) and Germany (8 percent). Almost a quarter of respondents also believe that Japan will be amongst the top five countries from which new acquirers will emerge. Interestingly almost 20 percent of survey respondents also expect a significant number of new investors to emerge from South Korea during the next 18 months.
Emerging markets have become significantly more attractive to corporates and investors globally during the past twelve months. South America enters the top five list of targeted regions for the first time this year, being targeted by 13 percent of corporates and investors globally. Meanwhile Africa and Southeast Asia are now considered as attractive as the UK, with each securing 12 percent of corporate and investor survey respondents respectively in this year’s survey.
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