Ninety per cent of bankers convinced that sustainable investments will increase in importance

Nine out of 10 bankers believe that sustainability will become more important to private investors over the next five years. Around 65 per cent believe that we will already see this in the next 12 months. 

That's according to new data from Kryptoszene.de, which also reveals that investors with green shares have recently been able to achieve significantly higher returns.

In the first four months of the Corona crisis, sustainable stocks climbed by 2.2 cents on average. During the same period, conventional oil and gas suppliers lost an average of 40.5 cents in value. A look at price performance over the past six months also shows that renewable energy companies have made counter-cyclical gains. The Global Clean Energy ETF rose by 22.4 per cent, while the DAX and Dow Jones lost 5.6 per cent and 4.8 per cent respectively.

The investment volume of sustainable investment funds in Germany last year was EUR63.2 billion. Five years ago this figure was just EUR20.6 billion. As the infographic shows, customer deposits with specialist banks focusing on sustainability has also increased by 114 per cent in the last 10 years.

"Sustainability shifts ever more into the sights of investors," says Kryptoszene analyst Raphael Lulay. "Although green stocks have recently already been outperforming the rest of the market, this could be just the beginning of a - literally - sustainable trend."