STRATEGIC ESG INVESTMENT POSITION: We’re Adding This One Early, and Often!
From a fringe market many years ago to the powerhouse that it is today, green energy and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) are among the most significant, impactful, and lucrative industries in 2021’s second half.
Governments around the world are increasingly incentivizing green initiatives.
The primary objectives of these initiatives include avoiding the use of fossil fuels and finding viable and cleaner alternatives to avoid polluting the planet beyond its current state.
Governments are also seeking to reduce fuel dependency while promoting economic and job development – and even potentially saving lives in the process.
The race to zero emissions and carbon neutrality is heating up among the world’s most powerful nations:
- President Xi Jinping announced to the UN General Assembly in September 2020 that China would strive to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The country would adopt “more vigorous policies and measures” to peak emissions before 2030, he added.
- Denmark set out plans in 2018 to build a “climate-neutral society” by 2050. Its package included a ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2030 and support for electric vehicles.
- The European Commission is working towards a multinational 2050 net-zero emissions target under a Green Deal. This has been endorsed by the European Council of national leaders.
- French lawmakers voted a 2050 net-zero target into law on the same day as the U.K. Parliament passed a similar 2050 target amendment.
- Japan promulgated its 2050 net-zero target in law in May 2021. Japan is the world’s fifth-largest emitter and it relies on coal for a third of its electricity generation, but this will have to change as the nation implements new emissions controls.
- Germany established its 2045 net-zero target in law in June 2021 after raising its climate ambition following a landmark court ruling the previous month.
- The Canadian Senate adopted the net-zero emissions accountability act in June 2021, making Canada’s 2050 net-zero target official.
- In the U.S., President Biden ran on a climate platform to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050. With this, Biden promised a $2 trillion “clean energy revolution” and 100% clean electricity by 2035.
Virtually every developed nation has some sort of climate change initiative in the works.
More recently, the proposed $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan promises (according to the Biden administration) to make “transformational and historic investments in clean transportation infrastructure… clean power infrastructure, remediation of legacy pollution, and resilience to the changing climate.”
The Biden administration has made it crystal clear that it’s pro-nuclear energy in its carbon-neutral vision.
Biden has promised to continue “to leverage the carbon-pollution free energy provided by existing sources like nuclear”; to support the creation of “advanced nuclear reactors”; and to support “advanced nuclear – and rapidly commercialize [it], ensuring that those new technologies are made in America.”
In light of this, many big-money investors are jumping head-first into the long side of the ESG trade. BlackRock’s head of iShares Americas, Armando Senra, expects that ESG investments could become a $1 trillion category by 2030.
ESG funds raked in over $21 billion just during the first quarter of 2021. Just watch where the money’s flowing and you can literally see in real-time how ESG investing has evolved from being a second-tier investment strategy to a must-have, core component to any growth portfolio.
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A report from the U.S. SIF Foundation reported that ESG investing now accounts for one-third of total U.S. assets under management.
Moreover, one survey found that about one-third of millennials often or exclusively use investments that take ESG factors into account.
And what will be the fuel to power America and the world in the ESG revolution? It will be the cleanest power source of all: nuclear energy, and that’s why Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE AMERICAN: UEC) is at the top of my ESG investments today.
This premier mining company has not just one, but multiple production-ready projects with a focus on extracting top-grade uranium.
For instance, when readied, $10M in initial CAPEX and a six-month construction timeline has been determined for UEC’s Palangana mine which is a production-ready, uranium-focused mineral project.
In addition, Palangana features: a low cash cost of $21.77/pound of uranium during operations; it is fully permitted, including an expanded mining permit; and it has received a 10-year renewal permit in 2019, with similar costs for future projects as the major permits for production have been issued for the company’s Goliad and Burke Hollow projects.
In Burke Hollow, the first production area is currently identified as the newest and largest ISR well-field being developed in the U.S.!
Six trends have been identified at the Burke Hollow project since 2012, and leach amenability testing indicates recovery greater than 90%. Plus, 50% of the property at Burke Hollow remains unexplored.
Final permits at the site have been obtained for the mine production area, including for two Class I disposal wells, an aquifer exemption and a radioactive materials permit.
Today, there are plans to complete all of the exterior and interior wells at the Burke Hollow site, including the installation of around 45 additional monitor wells. Permitting activities at Burke Hollow will include sampling and pumping tests in anticipation of commencing production activities.
Meanwhile, the Reno Creek ISR project, which is the largest permitted, pre-construction ISR uranium project in the U.S., has a strategic location within the heart of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, and it has received a modified Permit to Construct in 2019, thereby allowing the construction of the Central Processing Plant (CPP) and ISR well-fields!
With a pre-feasibility study underway, Uranium Energy Corp. has already highlighted several significant features at the Reno Creek project*:
- Measured and indicated resource of 26 million lbs. of U3O8 grading 0.041% within 32 Mt;
- Inferred resource of 1.49 million lbs. of U3O8 (uranium compound) grading 0.039% within 1.92 Mt; and
- Production permits fully in place
These assets allow Uranium Energy Corp. to prepare the nation and the planet for the ultimate ESG opportunity. The demand for uranium won’t slow down, and neither will UEC!
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