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What is Green Investing?
For most people, investing is a way to prepare for the future: what do you want your life to be like after you retire? How can you insure that you and your family will have enough money to do what you want to do? For most people, investing means a steady return on their investment, building a diverse portfolio that can survive the fluctuations of the stock market, and staying ahead of inflation. But there’s another aspect of the future that most investors never consider: what will the world be like in twenty or thirty years?
For investors who are worried about the effects of climate change and want to invest money in a more sustainable world, green investing has become an incredibly important topic. However, the term, green investing, is still widely misunderstood.
Green Investing: The Basics
At its most basic, green investing involves prioritizing companies and industries that focus on environmental sustainability and eco-friendly business practices. Most of the time, this means doing a little bit more research to figure out which companies are actually taking the lead on reducing climate change, rather than those companies that participate in “greenwashing” (appearing to be sustainable while doing very little to help the environment). Some of the most common green investments include:
- Alternative Energy – Solar and wind energy companies play a huge part in green investing portfolios, since unsustainable fossil fuels are major contributors to climate change. By investing in alternative energy, green investors can ensure these companies can continue to innovate and bring new products to the energy market.
- Sustainable Sourcing – Another huge part of green investing focuses on companies who make sustainability a priority when it comes to sourcing materials. For example, one green portfolio includes Interface, Inc., a large carpeting company that produces several Climate Neutral products.
- Efficient Transit – Cars are a major source of pollution, so green investing focuses on finding alternate ways to move people and goods across the country. This can range from investments in mass transit systems to innovative manufacturers like Tesla Motors.
By focusing on companies looking toward a sustainable future, green investing predicts the technologies and products that will see wider use as the public realizes the environmental and social issues that come with a warmer and more crowded planet. Most of all, investing in sustainable companies provides them with much-needed capital for creating products and making them more widely available.
Is There Money To Be Made In Green Investing?
Many people are wary of green investing because they believe there’s not enough focus on profitability. Investments that ignore the environmental and social costs of doing business, the argument goes, tend to have better financial performance. Fortunately for green investors, this opinion doesn’t seem to have much merit:
- Generation Investment Management, co-founded by Al Gore, focuses on sustainable investments and funds, and had the second-highest return on investment over the past 10 years, beating global markets. Its global equity fund was also among the least volatile investments.
- Green Alpha Advisors’ Sierra Club portfolio, another large green investing portfolio, has experienced huge returns due to early investments in the solar energy sector, along with a big bet on Tesla Motors in 2011.
- Sustainable investment strategies increased by 76% between 2012 and 2014, with consumers reporting that they’re more willing to spend extra on products and services that are sustainable and environmentally-conscious. For many analysts, this growth shows that green investing isn’t just good for the earth–it also can impact profits.
Profitability and concern for the environment are no longer mutually exclusive, and big companies are already starting to see the impact of sustainable investments. As more consumers push for green investing options, we’ll probably even see large investment companies establishing sustainable and responsible portfolios.
Green Investing: Proceed with Caution
Even though green investing has become a major force in global markets, it’s not a sure bet (although, when it comes to investing, nothing is). Green energy and alternative transportation is still subject to the same market fluctuations as anything else, and many sustainable companies have a difficult time staying profitable due to a variety of factors including material costs and lack of demand. However, if you’re seeking a way to balance a successful portfolio with your desire to build a sustainable future for your family, it’s definitely worth checking out some of the green portfolios available to the public.