4 UK Sustainable Leaders

Post-Covid, UK government spending is focused on boosting renewables jobs and infrastructure. Here are some of the UK companies likely to benefit

James Gard 24 February, 2021 | 10:44AM
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The UK is usually seen as a laggard in the ESG space compared with European countries like Denmark and Germany. Coronavirus and Brexit may have been top of the priority list for the past few years, but the UK Government has also made green investment a key part of its “Build Back Better” programme and Scotland is due to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November this year.

“Sustainable investing has a natural home in the UK market,” says Sonal Sagar, manager of the 3-star rated Threadneedle UK Sustainable Equity fund. Globally, governments are focusing their post-Covid 19 recovery plans on sustainability, which means spending on renewable infrastructure, clean energy, and electric vehicles, she says. The UK Government has launched a 10-point plan committing £12 billion a year for a “Green Industrial Revolution”, with three times as much money expected to come from the private sector. It's no surprise then, that the UK is home to a number of world-leading ESG companies, too.

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James Gard  is content editor for Morningstar.co.uk