Published on August 16th, 2018 | by Sponsored Content
3 Shares to Make Your Investment Portfolio Green
If you are ecologically conscious, some markets may never find their way into your investment portfolio.
Fortunately, there are now plenty of ways to invest in your values. Green indices, green commodities, bonds, and stocks have come into play for environmentally responsible traders and investors.
Here are three companies concerned with environmental protection and ecology, which may suit your green portfolio.
Waste Management (WM)
Waste Management is the leading provider of environmental solutions in North America – the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Their range of services is comprehensive, covering waste-related efforts from collection to recycling. Operating one of the largest trucking fleets in the industry, Waste Management picks up more than 80 million tons of solid recyclable waste annually and provides disposal at 293 active landfills – the largest number across the industry.
From 2013, the eco responsible company has recycled 14 to over 15 million tons a year and aim to manage 20 million tons annually by 2020. To take recycling to the next level, Waste Management formed WM Recycle America – an alliance with other key American recycling processors and marketers.
Waste Management is also engaged in the conversion of waste to energy. For example, methane produced as a result of landfill waste decomposition can be used to power homes.
Waste Management’s efforts are just as good for the environment as they are for investors. The group has recently announced their financial performance for the quarter ended 30 June 2018. Net cash provided by operating activities has grown by 19.9% to $975 million, compared to the second quarter of 2017.
NextEra Energy (NEE)
This is a major player in the clean energy industry with headquarters in Florida, U.S.A., and employees in 33 states and Canada.
NextEra Energy is a utility company with a primary focus on renewable energy such as wind and solar power. It’s principal subsidiary – Florida Power & Light Company – the third biggest electric utility in the US, caters for about 5 million customer accounts in Florida.
Another subsidiary, NextEra Energy Resources, has an emphasis on renewable energy generation. It holds a portfolio of facilities with a generating capacity of approximately 21,000 megawatts. Over 95 percent of electricity comes from emission-free or renewable sources: wind, solar and nuclear energy, and natural gas.
NextEra Energy produces both sustainable energy and value for its investors. The company generates approximately $17.2 billion in consolidated revenues and about $6.41 billion in operating cash flow in 2017.
In 2018, NextEra Energy has hit Fortune’s list of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ as №1 electric and gas utility company.
Nucor, together with its subsidiaries, produces steel and related products at sites in the US and Canada. At the same time, the biggest steel manufacturers invests a lot in green initiatives to keep its power consumption low, recycle and keep as much material out of landfills as possible.
Nucor identifies itself as the largest recycler in the United States. In 2017, the company remade about 21.1 million net tons of scrap steel into new products, using their Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) technology. EAF is used at all Nucor’s steel recycling facilities to produce 67% less carbon equivalent emissions compared to the traditional steel making technology.
Additionally, the steelmaker does its best to recycle many of its byproducts from mills. In other words the materials are kept out of landfills and transportation trucks off the road, thus emissions are cut as well.
Investors should give Nucor a closer look due to its green efforts and solid earnings. 19 July 2018, the company has announced their financial performance for quarter 2 with $683.2 million in consolidated net earnings – the highest second quarter earnings in Nucor’s history. In comparison, in the first quarter of 2018 the company’s consolidated net earnings amounted to $354.2 million.
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