WEO Week: Hopes for COP26 and beyond

Choices shaping our energy futures

Investment made today in energy infrastructure will leave its mark for decades to come, so the energy sector presents exceptional opportunities, but also challenges for investors and governments who must deliver capital at the right time and in the right place, while also considering long time horizons.

Key findings

Global energy investment, 2017-2021


Global energy investment is set to rebound by around 10% in 2021

In 2021, annual global energy investment is set to rise to $1.9 trillion, rebounding nearly 10% from 2020 and bringing the total volume of investment back towards pre-crisis levels. However, the composition has shifted towards power and end-use sectors – and away from traditional fuel production. Prospects for investment have improved markedly along with economic growth, although there are significant country-by-country variations.