Higher oil prices would help to incentivize research and development into renewable energy, according to Mark Lewis, senior analyst of sustainability research at Kepler Cheuvreux.
Brent crude futures traded just below $108 a barrel around midday on Thursday, up some $8 a barrel from this time last year.
"You've got security of supply concerns, raised most recently…with the tensions in the east of Europe with Ukraine that has brought to the fore Europe's dependence on imported fossil fuels, and you've got continuing high oil prices," Lewis said.
Only recently Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, announced ambitious plans to build a $5 billion 'giga factory' that will produce up to 500,000 lithium batteries annually by 2020.
And with ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia highlighting Europe's dependency on imported fossil fuels, Lewis told CNBC that such a climate could make the development of renewables, such as lithium ion batteries, a more attractive proposition.