United Kingdom (PRWEB) June 26, 2013
According to green investment firm Avacade, responsible investment is increasingly popular across Europe. To illustrate its point, Avacade points to a recent article from Blue and Green Tomorrow, which notes that, since 2010, responsible investments in Europe have risen by 19 percent. Avacade has released a new statement to the press, celebrating this positive trend.
“The significant rise in responsible investments in Europe highlights the growing trend among investors to demand not only returns but returns with a positive social and environmental impact,” Avacade summarizes, in its new press statement. “This is a trend that has been building for a number of years, from the small investors to the large and multi-national companies, and governments are keen to show their green credentials, as well.”
The company goes on to note one caveat—the fact that environmental funds are not keeping pace with other forms of responsible investment. “However, the fall in investment in environmental funds, attributed to the lack of international commitment on climate change, shows that more can be done at the government level to promote responsible investing. Lack of investment and the costs to go ‘green’ are often quoted as the reasons for the lack of international action on climate change; however the figures prove that this causal link could actually be the other way around.”
As for the Blue and Green Tomorrow article, it reports that assets under management in European responsible investment funds currently “total €237.9 billion (£201 billion) – a 19 [percent] increase since 2010 – according to a survey by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI).”
The article goes on to report that The European Responsible Investment Fund Survey, published by accountancy firm KPMG, reveals that the proportion of responsible investment assets, compared to the total number of investment assets, has increased by 1.6 percent.
Continues the article, “investments into carbon reduction, social, microfinance and ethical funds” have gone up since 2010, while investments in environmental funds—which include ecological funds, climate change-related funds, and endeavors in water and renewable energy—have dropped by a staggering 10.5 percent. The article contends that this is due to the effects of the global financial crisis, combined with the lack of an international commitment in tackling climate change—affirming the points made by Avacade, in its new press statement.
A concluding observation in the Blue and Green Tomorrow article is that “A recent study by German sustainable investment trade body Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG) revealed that investment into sustainable funds now exceeded €34 billion (£29 billion) in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.”
Avacade, meanwhile, is a company that provides green investment opportunities to investors in the UK and throughout the EU—specifically, investments in forestry and timber products. These investments provide investors with the chance to support green economies and to boost responsible forestry practices, all while investing in sought-after and valuable hardwoods. Avacade’s investment opportunities span Asia and South America.
As a foremost name in responsible and socially-aware investments, Avacade highlights green investment opportunities from across the world, and makes them available to investors in the UK and abroad. The company specializes in forestry investments, including both teak and Melina.