BlackRock Launches Mining ETF in Europe

BlackRock Launches Mining ETF in Europe

The fund will invest in companies that are involved in the mining and manufacturing of metals deemed necessary to create more renewable energy.

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Edited by: Mark Nacinovich

BlackRock has launched an ETF capturing companies that are focused on mining and manufacturing the metals facilitating the transition to renewable energy. 

The iShares Essential Metals UCITS ETF (METL) is listed on Deutsche Boerse and Euronext Amsterdam with a total expense ratio of 0.55%.

METL tracks the S&P Global Essential Metals Producers index, which offers exposure to companies mining or manufacturing alumina, aluminum, bauxite, cobalt, copper, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, palladium, platinum, silver, rare earth elements and zinc, which S&P Global Commodity Insights deems essential for energy transition technologies.

BlackRock said increased interest in the sector has been driven by the shift to a low-carbon economy, supply-chain challenges and strategic and geopolitical priorities. 

“Clients are becoming more intentional in their climate transition investment ambitions and building precision exposure to potential beneficiaries,” Manuela Sperandeo, global head of sustainable indexing at BlackRock, said.

Low-Carbon Economy

“We see structurally rising demand for minerals and metals like copper, lithium and nickel that are critical for renewable energy infrastructure and will help power the transition to a low-carbon economy," Sperandeo added.

“In our view, investing in assets such as those that provide key inputs necessary for decarbonization could offer some of the most attractive investment opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

The arrival of METL marks the expansion of BlackRock’s transition metal miners offering, after ETF Stream reported on the launch of the iShares Copper Miners UCITS ETF (COPM) in June.

Jamie started at ETF Stream as a reporter in January 2021. Previously, he was a senior journalist at the UK Investor Magazine, Investment Observer, UK Startup Magazine and UK Property Journal. He holds an undergraduate degree in politics and international relations, and a postgraduate degree in ethics.