ETFGI reports assets invested in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) ETFs and ETPs listed globally reach a new milestone of US$187 billion at end of 2020

 

LONDONJanuary 22, 2020 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) ETFs and ETPs reached a new milestone of US$187 billion at the end of 2020.  Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased by 206% in 2020.  During December ESG ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of US$18.46 billion during, bringing 2020 net inflows to US$88.95 billion which significantly greater than the US$27.79 billion gathered in 2019, according to ETFGI’s December 2020 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report, the monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service.  (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.) 

Highlights

  • Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new milestone of $187 billion.
  • Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased 206% in 2020.
  • 2020 net inflows are a record $88.95 billion which is significantly greater than the $27.79 billion gathered in 2019.
  • 53.6% of the assets and 47% of ESG ETFs and ETPs are in Europe. 

 

“The S&P 500® was up 3.8% for December and finished the year at an all-time high, having added 18.4% the year.  Developed ex-U.S. gained 5.5% during December, concluding 2020 up 11.1%.  The S&P Emerging BMI gained 6.1% during December, finishing 2020 up 15.5%. Emerging BMI gained 6.1% during December, and finished 2020 up 15.5%. “According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

Global ESG ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of December 2020

 

Since the launch of the first ESG ETF/ETP in 2002, the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF, the number and diversity of products has increased steadily.  Globally there were 497 ESG ETFs and ETPs, with 1,452 listings, assets of U$187 Bn, from 113 providers listed on 35 exchanges in 29 countries at the end of 2020.


Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $9.30 billion at the end of December. Huatai-PineBridge CSI Photovoltaic Industry ETF (515790 CH) gathered $1.41 billion alone.

Top 20 ESG ETFs/ETPs by net new assets December 2020         

Name

Ticker

Assets

(US$ Mn)

Dec-20

NNA

(US$ Mn)

YTD-20

NNA

(US$ Mn)

Dec-20

Huatai-PineBridge CSI Photovoltaic Industry ETF

515790 CH

1481.58

1411.79

1411.79

iShares Global Clean Energy ETF

ICLN US

4699.99

2624.25

924.22

iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF

INRG LN

5364.98

2972.25

857.61

iShares MSCI World ESG Enhanced UCITS ETF - Acc

EDMW GY

948.15

893.37

700.45

iShares Trust iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF

ESGU US

13424.18

9578.87

622.54

iShares JP Morgan ESG USD EM Bond UCITS ETF - Acc - Acc

EMSA LN

1125.35

611.27

452.04

iShares MSCI USA ESG Enhanced UCITS ETF - Acc

EDMU GY

1293.80

1147.86

446.84

AMUNDI INDEX MSCI USA SRI - UCITS ETF DR (C) - Acc

USRI FP

1767.89

1468.26

359.43

iShares MSCI USA ESG Screened UCITS ETF - Acc - Acc

SASU LN

1911.78

1139.75

358.32

iShares MSCI EM ESG Enhanced UCITS ETF

EDM2 GY

690.76

612.14

324.42

AMUNDI S&P 500 ESG UCITS ETF DR - EUR Hdg - Acc

S500H FP

327.82

319.13

312.04

Invesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF

PBW US

2174.78

1010.95

308.89

Xtrackers MSCI USA ESG UCITS ETF  - 1C - Acc

XZMU GY

1598.18

1350.07

308.54

First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund

QCLN US

1999.28

1181.34

304.15

iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF - EUR - Acc

SUSW LN

2517.75

1463.16

299.56

AMUNDI INDEX MSCI EUROPE SRI - UCITS ETF DR (C) - Acc

EUSRI FP

1679.94

1184.18

289.98

iShares ESG MSCI EM ETF

ESGE US

6133.64

4160.04

272.68

iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF - Acc

SUAS LN

4906.74

2148.55

260.46

Xtrackers MSCI Japan ESG UCITS ETF  - 1C - Acc

XZMJ LN

1376.64

1009.26

244.13

Vanguard ESG US Stock ETF

ESGV US

2981.32

1577.96

243.69

 

 

Confusion persists around what constitutes an ESG fund. According to PRI, a UN-supported initiative which seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG issues, 56% of adopters believe there is a lack of clarity in ESG definitions. ETFGI’s classification system attempts to provide greater precision, with ETFs/ETPs listed globally organised into categories, including core ESG products and theme-based groups, such as Clean/Alternative Energies and Gender Diversity. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss the cost to subscribe to any of ETFGI’s research or consulting services. 


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