Green ISA

What a Green ISA could offer

The UK Sustainable Investment Forum (UKSIF) has called on the government to introduce a Green ISA.

A Green ISA could be offered by the proposed Green Investment Bank (GIB) which the government is planning to set-up to invest in renewable energy and efforts to tackle climate change. An independent commission recommended that the GIB offer Green ISAs as way for retail investors to contribute towards the development of renewable energy.

A Green ISA allowance would be on top of the existing ISA allowance which allows a certain amount to be saved each financial year without paying any tax on the interest earned. A Green ISA could allow tax-free investment up to a greater amount as long as the investment was made in eligible companies, such as renewable energy providers.

It is likely that a Green ISA allowance would only apply to stocks and shares ISA investments.

Although there is currently no specifc ISA allowance for green investment, ethical funds are available that only invest in companies meeting certain criteria. This is known as Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).

Different 'ethical' funds will have different strategies for the assets they hold and further information should be sought about the types of investments particular funds make.
 

Some ethical funds are eligible for ISA investments, while some banks like the Co-operative Bank have ethical and sustainability criteria determining how they do business. 

See the table below for some leading ethical funds currently available through Fair Investment Company:

Growth Select Funds - Ethical UK Equity
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Kames Ethical Equity0%0.75%yesFactsheetApply Now >
The primary investment objective is to maximise total return by investment in equities and equity type securities in companies based in the UK, principally conducting business in the UK or listed in the UK stock market which meets the funds predefined ethical criteria. See latest fund factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

°Select Fund - See how our funds are selected

Popular Funds - Ethical UK Equity
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Fact SheetHow to Invest
Legal & General Ethical Trust0%1.00%FactsheetApply Now >
To provide the potential for growth by investing in a portfolio of companies in the FTSE 350 Index, whose business meets a range of ethical and environmental guidelines. To achieve accurate tracking of the performance of this modified index, the trust will invest in a broad spread of representative companies from the index. To provide an income where required. See latest fund factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

Select Growth Funds - Ethical Bond
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Kames Ethical Corporate Bond0%0.50%4.08%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Quarterly. The primary investment objective is to maximise total return (income plus capital) by investing in sterling denominated bonds issued by a company or organisation which meets the funds predefined ethical criteria. See latest fund factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

°Select Fund - See how our funds are selected

 

Bonds: To provide the potential for overall returns these funds invest in bonds, also known as fixed interest securities. This is achieved by receiving regular interest on loans to companies or governments. There is a chance the bond issuer could fall into financial difficulty and will not be able to pay the interest or the loan back, which could result in a fall in your investment returns. Bonds can also be sensitive to trends in interest rate movements and if interest rates go up, the returns on your investment are likely to fall as bonds can become less attractive. On the other hand, if interest rates fall, bonds are likely to become more attractive and your investment returns increase.

Popular Funds - Ethical Bond
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Fact SheetHow to Invest
Ecclesiastical Amity Sterling Bond 0%0.65%5.4%FactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Quarterly.The Fund aims to achieve attractive income from investing in UK Government and good quality sterling fixed interest securities including UK government bonds, corporate bonds, preference shares, convertibles and other loan stock issued by companies which make a positive contribution to society and the environment through sustainable and socially responsible practices. The Fund seeks to avoid investment in certain areas such as companies which have a material involvement in alcohol, tobacco and weapon production, gambling and publication of violent or explicit materials. See latest fund factsheet for details.
F&C Ethical Bond0%0.50%3.6%FactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Twice Yearly. The Fund aims to maximise returns through investment primarily in fixed interest securities of an ethically screened and diversified list of companies. The Fund may also invest in warrants, collective investment schemes, money market instruments and derivatives. The Fund will invest in investment grade and high yield securities. Government securities are excluded. Non-sterling denominated issues are permitted and any currency exposure will normally be hedged back to sterling. To manage risk the Fund will aim to achieve a wide degree of diversification across the available issuers and the manager will adopt a rigorous credit management process. Derivatives may be used to increase, reduce and maintain the investment exposure of the Fund including use of single name CDS and interest rate swaps in addition to EPM. See latest fund factsheet for details.

*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed as at 25/02/13 - See Fund Factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

 

Bonds: To provide the potential for overall returns these funds invest in bonds, also known as fixed interest securities. This is achieved by receiving regular interest on loans to companies or governments. There is a chance the bond issuer could fall into financial difficulty and will not be able to pay the interest or the loan back, which could result in a fall in your investment returns. Bonds can also be sensitive to trends in interest rate movements and if interest rates go up, the returns on your investment are likely to fall as bonds can become less attractive. On the other hand, if interest rates fall, bonds are likely to become more attractive and your investment returns increase.

 

 Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.