The rise in renewable energy
Following our annual fund review and due to popular demand we are pleased to give you access to a renewable energy fund alongside our regular energy funds within the Oracle, Paragon, and Quantum fund ranges.
What is a renewable energy fund?
Renewable or alternative energy funds generally invest in the companies operating in the alternative energy industry.
The demand for coal, oil and gas is a constant but the ability to extract these will not last forever. As these resources become scarcer the prices of these will surely rise. Perhaps good for investors in energy companies when that happens, but it does beg the question about the value of alternative or renewable energy resources for the future.
Often referred to as ‘clean energy’ or ‘green’ power because it doesn’t pollute the air or water, renewable energy comes from resources such as wind, solar and hydro. Unlike coal, oil and gas which once extracted will not quickly be replaced; nature continues to provide wind, sunshine and water.
It is fair to say that Governments are mostly in favour of supporting alternative or renewable energy sources as they are significantly better for the environment and represent a way of reducing a country's ‘carbon footprint’, especially in light of the Kyoto Protocol.
The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century is a global renewal energy policy network that provides international leadership towards the rapid global transition to renewable energy. In their 2013 published report it stated that 138 countries had defined renewable energy targets, and support policies were in place in 127 countries, two thirds of which are developing and emerging economies. In their newly published 2014 report this increased to 144 countries with defined renewable energy targets, and support policies in place in 138 countries. Click on the links below to read the full reports:
We have added the Guinness Alternative Energy fund (available in EUR, GBP and USD) to our Oracle, Paragon and Quantum products. This ethically categorised fund sits within the Commodity & Energy sector of our investment guides.
Cumulative performance of the USD share class vs sector average over 3 years to period ending 31/10/2014. Source: FE
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22 new fund links for Oracle, Paragon and Quantum
This is just one of a number of new funds that we have introduced into our fund range. Find out about the new funds here. View our updated investment guides in the panel (right).