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The top political risks for renewables in 2021

Credit, Political Risk and Terrorism
Climate Risk and Resilience

By Steven Munday and Sam Wilkin | July 12, 2021

Can renewables companies entering emerging markets manage the associated political risks?

What risks might arise from pandemic-related economic turmoil?

What risks will renewable energy companies face if China is increasingly seen as a strategic competitor to the US, UK and Europe? What risks might arise from pandemic-related economic turmoil? What political risk perils might be lurking “under the radar?”

We asked Oxford Analytica to conduct research into these questions.

In our report ‘The Top political risks for Renewables in 2021’ Oxford Analytica convened a panel of ten external affairs and risk management professionals, representing renewable energy companies, lenders to renewables projects, and traditional energy companies with major investments in renewables. Oxford Analytica and Willis Towers Watson then conducted in-depth interviews with these professionals, to produce the risk radar that appears in the next section.

For two of the top risks the executives identified, Oxford Analytica commissioned scholars in its global expert network to produce peer-reviewed essays. These essays cover “A supply shock scenario in renewables” and “How much “systemic risk” is there in emerging markets today?”

We sincerely thank the Oxford Analytica contributors who authored the following essays, but most of all we thank the expert panel of renewables executives who guided the research for their time and insights.

We hope you will find Oxford Analytica’s findings to be useful. and as ever would welcome any comments or feedback that you may have.

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Global Renewable Energy Leader, Natural Resources at Willis Towers Watson

Director of Political Risk Analytics, Financial Solutions


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