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Global ESG ETFs Gathered US$7 Billion During March 2022

ETFGI reports ESG ETFs listed globally gathered net inflows of 7 billion US dollars during March 2022

LONDONApril 25, 2022 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$7.00 billion during March, bringing year to date net inflows to US$24.88 Bn which is much lower than the US$53.48 Bn gathered at this point last year. Total assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased by 3.2% from US$378 billion at the end of February 2022 to US$390 billion, according to ETFGI’s March 2022 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report, the monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service.  (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

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  • Assets of $390 Bn invested in ESG ETFs listed globally at the end of March 2022 are the 2nd highest.
  • Assets decreased 0.03% YTD in 2022, going from $390.098 Bn at the end of 2021 to $389.997 Bn.
  • Q1 net inflows of $24.88 Bn are the second highest on record, after 2021 Q1 net inflows of$53.48 Bn.
  • $131 Bn in net inflows gathered in the past 12 months.
  • 39th month of consecutive net inflows.
  • ESG Equity ETFs and ETPs gathered $5.45 Bn in net inflows in March.

“The S&P 500 increased by 3.71% in March but is down 4.60% in Q1. Developed markets excluding the US, increased by 1.10% in March but are down 5.57% in Q1. Australia (up 10.46%) and Portugal (up 6.50%) experienced the largest increases amongst the developed markets in March. Emerging markets decreased by 2.27% during March and are down 6.52% in 2022. Egypt (down 14.31%) and China (down 8.34%) witnessed the largest declines among emerging markets in March, whilst Brazil (up 14.51%) and Colombia (up 11.98%) gained the most.” According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

Global ESG ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of March 2022

Global ESG ETFs


Since the launch of the first ESG ETF/ETP in 2002, the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF, the number and diversity of products have increased steadily.  There were 1004 ESG ETFs/ETPs listed globallt, with 2,895 listings, assets of $390 Bn, from 193 providers listed on 40 exchanges in 32 countries.

Following net inflows of $7.00 Bn and market moves during the month, assets invested in ESG ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by 3.2% from $378 Bn at the end of February 2022 to $390 Bn at the end of March 2022.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered
$6.30 Bn in March. iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF (INRG LN) gathered $722 Mn, the largest individual net inflow.

Top 20 ESG ETFs/ETPs by net new assets March 2022

Name Ticker Assets

($ Mn)



($ Mn)



($ Mn)


iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF INRG LN 6,171.98 476.98 721.54
iShares Trust iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF ESGU US 25,478.72 957.58 635.88
UBS Irl ETF plc - S&P 500 ESG UCITS ETF - Dis S5SD GY 3,018.28 586.60 516.62
iShares MSCI World ESG Enhanced UCITS ETF EEWD LN 2,860.77 767.53 484.65
Huatai-PineBridge CSI Photovoltaic Industry ETF 515790 CH 2,371.37 571.20 384.80
iShares MSCI USA ESG Enhanced UCITS ETF EEDS LN 5,325.94 307.72 373.64
Invesco Solar ETF TAN US 2,674.19 17.75 300.56
Amundi MSCI Global Climate Change UCITS ETF LWCR FP 1,166.06 335.81 299.97
iShares Global Clean Energy ETF ICLN US 5,679.61 34.05 285.73
BMO MSCI USA ESG Leaders Index ETF ESGY CN 1,504.71 839.19 246.63
iShares ESG Advanced Total USD Bond Market ETF EUSB US 828.95 237.39 242.07
ChinaAMC CSI New Energy Automobile ETF 515030 CH 1,508.06 264.85 216.80
Amundi MSCI USA ESG Leaders Select UCITS ETF DR - Acc SADU GY 1,791.42 (521.94) 208.91
iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF - Acc SUAS LN 10,592.40 717.94 203.77
Cathay Taiwan Select ESG Sustainability High Yield ETF 00878 TT 2,058.39 792.74 202.68
iShares JP Morgan ESG USD EM Bond UCITS ETF - Acc - Acc EMSA LN 2,073.80 379.43 201.87
L&G ESG Emerging Markets Corporate Bond USD UCITS ETF EMUG LN 1,123.58 705.56 186.68
UBS Lux Fund Solutions - Sustainable Development Bank Bonds UCITS ETF - Dis MDBU GY 1,832.04 95.34 173.34
iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF DSI US 4,054.24 133.72 169.87


Confusion persists around what constitutes an ESG fund. According to PRI, a UN-supported initiative which seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG issues, 56% of adopters believe there is a lack of clarity in ESG definitions. ETFGI’s classification system attempts to provide greater precision, with ETFs/ETPs listed globally organised into categories, including core ESG products and theme-based groups, such as Clean/Alternative Energies and Gender Diversity. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss the cost to subscribe to any of ETFGI’s research or consulting services.

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