New Xtrackers ETF Puts U.S. Equity Investors on the Net Zero ‘Pathway’

DWS, one of the world’s leading asset managers, announced today the launch of a new Xtrackers exchange-traded fund (ETF). It provides large and mid-cap U.S. equity exposure aligned with an internationally recognized framework and is designed to capture the move of the global economy to a net zero emissions environment.

Xtrackers Net Zero Pathway Paris Aligned U.S. Equity ETF (NYSE Ticker: USNZ) listed today on the New York Stock Exchange and is designed to align with the objective of transforming economies to net zero. It provides exposure to a unique Paris Aligned Benchmark (PAB) index that uses a transparent set of rules that aim to be at the cutting edge of sustainable investment practices1. The index is designed to provide a 50% reduction in carbon intensity2 versus a market capitalization weighted U.S. equity index3, and a carbon intensity reduction trajectory of 7% year-on-year. It provides an evidence-based, statistically driven ‘pathway’ to net zero, aligned with the Paris Climate Accords and their two main objectives: to achieve a net zero emissions economy by 2050 and limit the rise in global temperature by 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

“There is a clear need for investments that align with net zero aims. USNZ provides a powerful net zero investment strategy that meets the latest regulatory standards” that govern Paris aligned benchmark indices as defined above,” said Arne Noack, Head of Systematic Investment Solutions, Americas, at DWS. “DWS has a long history of providing ETF investors with specialist investment opportunities that combine the efficiency of passive investing with the advantages of well thought out, rules-based strategies for particular needs. This new listing is another example of that.”

In addition to meeting PAB regulations, the index also aims to comply with recommendations published by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)*, specifically its Net Zero Investment Framework.

DWS engaged with index provider Solactive to develop the index, which is called the Solactive ISS ESG United States Net Zero Pathway Enhanced Index. It consists of 386 U.S. large and mid-cap stocks and is re-balanced semi-annually4.

Amanda Rebello, Head of Passive Sales at DWS, U.S. Onshore, commented: “Our clients are keen to play a positive role in helping society reach net zero, and we are confident that this new ETF, with its rigorous index methodology run by Solactive, can help seek to meet that need.”

Xtrackers Net Zero Pathway Paris Aligned U.S. Equity ETF has a gross/net expense ratio of 0.10% per annum, though subject to change.

The launch augments the extensive $4.2 billion line-up of ESG and climate focused Xtrackers ETFs in the U.S. (Source: DWS, June 22, 2022), spanning all major asset classes.

About DWS

DWS Group (DWS) is one of the world's leading asset managers with EUR 902bn of assets under management (as of 31 March 2022). Building on more than 60 years of experience, it has a reputation for excellence in Germany, Europe, the Americas and Asia. DWS is recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.

We offer individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major asset classes and solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients.

Our expertise and on-the-ground-knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, which guides our investment approach strategically.

DWS wants to innovate and shape the future of investing: with approximately 3,600 employees in offices all over the world, we are local while being one global team. We are investors – entrusted to build the best foundation for our clients’ future.


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1 Paris Aligned Benchmark (PAB) indices were first introduced in 2019 as tools to accompany the transition to a low carbon economy by the Technical Expert Group of the European Commission. They are a group of indices aiming to reallocate capital towards a low carbon and climate resilient global economy.

2 The carbon intensity for each company included in the underlying index is defined as its greenhouse gas emissions as a percentage of the company’s enterprise value including cash.

3 The relevant reference is the Solactive GBS US Large & Mid Cap Index

4 Source: Solactive, as of June 22, 2022

* IIGCC (Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change): European initiative to mobilize capital to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. More than 170 members with more than 23 trillion euros of investment capital. Linked to Climate Action 100+.


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