ESG and Carbon Offsetting

HANzero™: Europe’s first carbon offset program for Exchange Traded Products

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HANzero™ is a scheme run by HANetf, in which we seek to neutralise the carbon emissions of a portfolio by purchasing Carbon Offsets in climate-positive projects. 

This will be the first time that European investors will have been offered the opportunity offset the carbon related to their investments.  This is important to HANetf as we are cognisant of the asset management industry’s carbon footprint and recognise that investing in climate-positive solutions alone may not be enough.

Through HANzero™, investors will help to not only increase carbon-awareness but more directly, to reduce emissions or remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Please remember that the value of your investment may go down as well as up and your capital is at risk.



Hector McNeil, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of HANetf, speaking to Proactive London about the launch of HANzero™ 


Benefits to investors:

  • Approved carbon offset projects make a quantifiable impact to reduction of GHG emissions.
  • Can help slow global warming.
  • Increases profile of global warming in capital markets.
  • Rigorously evaluated and monitored by third party governing bodies to ensure project quality and execution.
  • Projects are geared towards SDGs, aligning investor value and ESG credentials.
  • Externalises carbon offsetting to HANetf.
  • Highly transparent approach to offsetting.
  • Simple to understand and easy to implement.


How does it work?

To deliver this, HANetf will work in conjunction with Carbon Footprint a leading carbon offset provider, who have established a range of independently certified, climate-positive projects which we can support.

As part of HANetf's long term commitment to impact excellence and to ensure the highest quality oversight of its carbon offset operations, we have partnered with globally leading carbon offset service provider, Carbon Footprint.

S&P DJI publishes the Carbon to Value Invested (Metric Tons CO2 per $1m invested) for the index on a monthly basis. HANetf will use this data to calculate a daily accrual which will then be offset with auditable and certificated climate-positive projects selected with leading carbon offset specialists, Carbon Footprint.

We have selected various projects from our partners at Carbon Footprint that offset the carbon and link directly back to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

Projects are upheld to the standards set by the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) and are subject to full screening, third party auditing and in house due diligence. 

Associated costs will be taken from the fund TER and will not impact performance.


To learn more about carbon offsetting, please download Carbon Footprint's FAQs


Our Projects

Through the HANzero™ programme, carbon emissions will be offset against projects such as clean energy development and deforestation schemes. 

At outset, we will be looking to support projects such as:

Topaiyo Forest Conservation - Papua New Guinea

Working with the indigenous landowners in New Ireland, this project protects vital rainforest from deforestation. It recovers the land‘s rich biodiversity and revitalises its natural carbon stocks, in turn combating global climate change and enhancing the social and economic development of one of the poorest and most isolated areas of Papua New Guinea.  

Musi River Hydro Plant - Indonesia

The project on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, addresses issues in rural Sumatra such as poor electricity access and the lack of quality employment opportunities – as well as fostering sustainable economic development.

For more information on Carbon Footprint and their projects, visit


Learn more about our funds which include the carbon offset:


ESG: Our commitment to ESG and responsible investment


HANetf is committed to responsible and sustainable investing and as part of our commitment to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) principles we have become a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment.

As a member we have committed to six principles of responsible investment:

  • incorporating ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes
  • being an active owner and incorporating ESG issues into ownership policies and practices 
  • seeking appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which HANetf invests
  • promoting acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry
  • working with the PRI Secretariat and other signatories to enhance their effectiveness in implementing the Principles
  • reporting on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles


To find out more about our ESG principles and ETFs, contact us at [email protected]

Please remember that the value of your investment may go down as well as up and your capital is at risk.

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