Finance, energy and climate – why choose?

“Remember to be back in September”, I quoted the old wisdom of the stock exchange and indeed we are back with a new post. It wasn’t all holiday as we worked on our website (to be updated) and thought about an improved strategy. Then, thinking of the choice between finance and energy (AnRep3D versus EnRep3D, remember?), I suddenly realised it’s not a choice at all!

AnRep3D will process any set of numbers. It’s up to the analyst creating the graphs to have meaningful combinations! So the title of this post doesn’t mean we don’t have to choose between making money, saving energy or stabilising the climate. It’s just about the usage of AnRep3D. It also means a contest would really be good, because it took me two years to come up with this insight. The wisdom of the crowd however, will come up with ideas I probably never will think of quite soon, but that’s for later.


Photo by Arek Socha on Pixabay

On the radio I heard about Iberdrola, a (green) Spanish energy-company and this was a good reason to have a look at energy-companies (mainly electricity) in general throughout Europe. Prospex  had an interesting paper on the top-ten of electricity producers and traders in Europe. It’s about 2015, but that doesn’t matter. The paper holds TeraWatthours (TWh) produced and traded, revenue, profit and also CO2 emissions. For AnRep3D we know the Revenue and Profit part already, as this will be the height of a building in the 3D-graph. Instead of Total Assets (depth) I decided to take the TWh produced and instead of equity (width) CO2 was taken. It’s all a matter of taking the right scale and millions of Euros, MWh of electricity and kiloTonnes of CO2 turned out to match well. Because CO2 will be related to electricity produced only (not to the amount only being traded), I selected the companies with over 75% of own production. Since some companies also trade e.g. gas, the revenue is not clearly connected to the electricity, but more like an indicator of the size of the company. The profit then would be an indicator of success.

In the end this combination of Revenue, Profit, MWh of electricity and kilotonnes of CO2 provides a very interesting 3D-graph. Two German companies (E.on and RWE) produce more or less the same amount of electricity (MWh), but their CO2 emissions are very, very different. It’s similar for two French companies (EDF and Engie), but here EDF produces even much more energy with lower CO2 emissions. Vattenfall (Swedish for waterfall), suggests green energy, but their relative CO2-footprint is somewhere between Engie and RWE. The Italian company Enel is similar to Engie, but the difference there is that for the Italians there is a profit instead of a loss. Iberdrola finally, makes a profit and has a good CO2 to MWh ratio! It’s because of a mix of nuclear energy, natural gas and renewables. Only EDF’s ratio is better as the majority of their electricity comes from nuclear energy. You can have a look for yourself. Double click the screenshot below to see the 3D-graph in your browser.

Electricity companies

Double-clicking the screenshot will open the 3D-graph in your browser. For maniputalion of this 3D-graph: Clicking the right mouse-button, moving the mouse up and down will zoom the graph in and out. Clicking left and moving the mouse will tilt the graph in different directions (or move the observer’s viewpoint around a fixed graph – it’s relative of course). Double clicking in the graph translates it and moves the centre at the same time. As a result the way the graph tilts will change. Just try it. If you don’t know how to get the normal position back, just refresh the graph.

For more information about our 3D-graph generator, visit our website. Explanatory videos are available on our youtube-channel. You can also follow us on Twitter: @AnRep3D

Power lines

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About AnRep3D

AnRep3D is the new company, founded after the handover of Scientassist (together with VRBI) to one of my sons. From now I will focus on three-dimensional graphs for the financial markets, showing the main figures from annual reports in comparison. As per 2021 a second product is available: EnRep3D. It is meant to visualise energy. Although the engine is the same, the texts, manual, website and examples (including blogposts) are focused at energy.
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