Green ETFs are ETFs that invest in companies which are looking to benefit from investing in green technologies and make their money out of clean energy and related areas.
Here is a list of green energy ETFs.
Poweshares Green ETF
PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio (PBW): This green ETF tracks the WilderHill Clean Energy Index and will normally invest 80% of its assets in companies that are engaged in cleaner energy and conservation. The underlying index has got 54 publicly traded companies with a market cap in the range of $126 million and $26 billion.
PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio (PHO): This green ETF tracks the Palisades Water Index and invests in a group of companies that focus on potable water, water treatment, and the technology and services directly related to water consumption. The underlying index contains 33 companies that are publicly traded in US and have market cap in the range of $1.1 billion and $266 billion as on June 30, 2008.
PowerShares WilderHill Progressive Energy Portfolio (PUW): PUW green ETF tracks the WilderHill Progressive Energy Index and is comprised of US listed companies that are significantly involved in transitional energy bridge technologies, with an emphasis on improving the use of fossil fuels. This means that this fund invests in companies that are working towards improving energy efficiency from fossil fuels and nuclear power in the medium term. The underlying index comprises of 45 companies with a market cap between $304 million and $101 billion as on June 30 2008.
Global Nuclear Energy Portfolio (PKN): As the name suggests, PKN is a green ETF that focuses on companies that are engaged in the nuclear energy sector. The companies may be present in reactors, utilities, construction, technology, equipment, service providers and fuels.
Powershares Global Clean Energy Portfolio (PBD): This is a global green ETF, which means that it invests in companies that are engaged wind, solar, biofuels, hydro, wave and tidal, geothermal and other relevant renewable energy businesses around the world. The underlying index contains 86 companies between a market cap of $27.9 million and $18.8 billion as at December 31st 2008. The companies are domiciled in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
PowerShares Global Water Portfolio (PIO): This green ETF invests in companies around the world that focus on the provision of potable water, the treatment of water and the technology and services that are directly related to global water consumption.
PowerShares CleanTech Portfolio (PZD): This is a slightly different type of green ETF because it invests in CleanTech companies. CleanTech companies are defined as those that provide knowledge-based products (or services) that add economic value by reducing cost and raising productivity and/or product performance, while reducing the consumption of resources and the negative impact on the environment and public health. As of June 30, 2008 the underlying index consisted of 76 companies with a market cap between $395.4 million and $101.6 billion.
Powershares Global Wind Energy Portfolio (PWND): PWND is an ETF that invests in companies that are engaged in the wind energy business globally. The underlying Index is designed to measure the performance of global companies engaged in the wind energy industry, which are primarily manufacturers, developers, distributors, installers and users of energy derived from wind sources.
Van Eck Green ETF
Global Alternative Energy ETF (GEX): This green ETF invests in global companies engaged in the production of alternative fuels and / or related technologies. The Index Country breakdown is quite interesting with US accounting for 38.3%, followed by Denmark with 19.3%, Spain 15.0%, Germany 7.2%, China 5.5%, Austria 5.4%Â and a few other countries with less than 5%.
Environmental Services ETF (EVX): EVX invests in companies that engage in business activities that may benefit from the global increase in demand for consumer waste disposal, removal and storage of industrial by-products, and the management of associated resources.
Nuclear Energy ETF (NLR): This green ETF focuses on companies that are related to the nuclear energy business worldwide.
Solar Energy ETF (KWT): The KWT ETF invests in companies that derive at least 66% of their revenues from solar power and related products and services.
First Trust Green ETF
First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (FAN): The ETF invests in companies related to wind energy globally. The maximum country exposure on this ETF is Spain with 30.35%, followed by Germany with 15.36%, followed by US with 10.95%, Denmark 8.22%, Belgium 5.77% and a few other countries with less than 5%.
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund (FIW): This ETF focuses on companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from potable and wastewater industries. There are 36 stocks in this index and it has maximum exposure to the Industrials sector.
First Trust Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund (QCLN): This ETF invests in stocks that are publicly traded in the United States and that are primarily manufacturers, developers, distributors and/or installers of clean energy technologies.
Claymore Green ETF
Claymore S&P Global Water Index ETF (CGW): This green ETF invests in water companies globally. It is a passive fund that invests in the stocks of the underlying index that is composed with 25 securities of water utilities and infrastructure companies and 25 securities of watery equipment and material companies.
Claymore / MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF (TAN): The TAN ETF tracks its underlying index which is designed track companies within the following business segments of the solar energy industry: companies that produce solar power equipment and products for end-users, companies that produce fabrication products (such as the equipment used by solar cell and module producers to manufacture solar power equipment) or services (such as companies specializing in the solar cell manufacturing or the provision of consulting services to solar cell and module producers) for solar power equipment producers, companies that supply raw materials or components to solar power equipment producers or integrators; companies that derive a significant portion of their business from solar power system sales, distribution, installation, integration or financing; and companies that specialize in selling electricity derived from solar power.