iShares Global Clean Energy becomes most-purchased ETF

The iShares Global Clean Energy ETF has more than doubled in value over the past year. What's more, according to, it also outperformed all other exchange-traded index funds in terms of volume purchased, as well as being named ETF of the Year.

More and more investors are coming around to the idea that sustainability and returns are by no means mutually exclusive. At ING, iShares Global Clean Energy was traded more than any other ETF, with other platforms reporting a similar trend. 

The share price performance clearly reflects good fortune on the part of investors, with the Global Clean Energy ETF climbing 122.6 per cent in the past year, a period in which the DAX gained a mere 4.4 per cent.

The Google Trend Score for the search term pair "Global Clean Energy" hit the maximum value of one hundred at the beginning of the year. This score is a measure of relative search volume. Back in October the score still stood at 25, rising by up to 300 per cent within just a few weeks.

Growing awareness of sustainability is by no means an exclusively German phenomenon - up to 86 per cent of Americans would also like to see more green energy. 

"The trend towards sustainable investments is not just making itself felt in Germany, but globally," adds Block-Builders analyst Raphael Lulay. "Interestingly, it is above all the much-maligned Boomer generation who are placing the greatest weight on ecology in their investments".

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