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ISA-holders lean towards green

Environmentally-sound investments have become immensely popular, a recent report has shown - and the 'green' investment trend is set to continue.Nearly 70 per cent of ISA-holders are more than happy to invest in environmentally-friendly schemes, according to studies by Co-operative Financial Services (CFS). For the first ever time, a green unit trusts fund has topped the UK All Companies sector of the stock market. The Co-operative Insurance Sustainable Leaders Trust was reported as the top British performer in the past year. At a net income of 29.3 per cent, the green fund more than doubled the UK FTSE returns usually reached by the sector.Zack Hocking, head of savings and investments at CFS, explained that customers with ethical intentions do not sacrifice healthy profits, and predicts that green savings will rise in coming years.Mr Hocking commented: "As green ISAs allow investors to satisfy their hearts as well as their heads, we expect the deadline rush to be the start of a significant rise in the amount of money placed in ethical funds." F&C Stewardship Income has provided the best return on ethical investment over the last five years, with 102.9 per cent gains over that time.

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