NS&I releases new Green Savings Bonds Issue today
- Third Issue of Green Savings Bonds at a fixed-rate of 3.00% gross/AER over a three-year term
- Money invest in Green Savings Bonds will help finance green projects as part of the UK Government Green Financing Framework
Savers can help fund vital green projects across the UK while earning an improved rate of interest from today, with the third Issue of NS&I’s Green Savings Bonds paying 3.00% gross/AER fixed-rate over a three-year term.
The Bond is available to purchase online at nsandi.com, having increased from 1.30% gross/AER for the second Issue released on 15 February 2022, which has now been withdrawn from sale.
The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Richard Fuller, said: “By increasing the returns on Green Saving Bonds to 3.00% we are demonstrating our commitment to green infrastructure in the UK.
“This will drive investment in projects to tackle climate change, improve sustainability and increase renewable energy capacity.”
Ian Ackerley, NS&I Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we can offer UK savers an improved Green Savings Bonds rate. Savers who are green-minded can invest in the new 3.00% Bond Issue, fixed over three years and at the same time, they also benefit from a 100% guarantee from HM Treasury on their investment.”
Green Savings Bonds will continue to help finance the Government’s green spending projects designed to tackle climate change and help make the UK greener and more sustainable. Reflecting the product’s green ambitions, Green Savings Bonds are an online only product; however, exceptions can be made for customers unable to transact online.
The projects will include making transport greener, using renewable energy over fossil fuels, preventing pollution, using energy more efficiently, protecting natural resources and adapting to a changing climate. More information can be found at nsandi.com/green.
The minimum investment in Green Savings Bonds is £100, with a maximum limit of £100,000 per person for each Issue. Investors need to be aged 16 or over to purchase the Bonds from NS&I. The full amount deposited will be held for three years and cannot be withdrawn during this time.
Interest rate from 25 August 2022 (change in brackets)
Green Savings Bonds (3-year fixed term)
3.00% gross/AER (+1.70 percentage points)
Key features of Green Savings Bonds are as follows:
- 3-year fixed term with an interest rate of 3.00% gross/AER.
- Designed to be held for the whole term, but with a cooling-off period in the first 30 days of investment.
- Access to your investment after three years.
- Open to savers aged 16 and over.
- The minimum investment in Green Savings Bonds is £100 with a maximum limit of £100,000 per person per Issue. Investors in the first and second Issue can also invest in the new, third Issue.
- Available to purchase and manage online at nsandi.com
- Investment limits apply per Issue: minimum of £100 and maximum of £100,000 per person, and can be made individually or jointly.
- Customers must have a UK bank account capable of receiving BACS payments.
- Fixed-rate is guaranteed for the whole term. Interest is earned daily and added once a year on the investment's anniversary, and paid on maturity.
- Interest is earned without deducting any tax at source. Interest is taxable at maturity and will count towards the customer’s Personal Savings Allowance and may need to be declared by the individual. Customers who are concerned about how this might affect them should consider either contacting HMRC or seeking professional advice.
Notes to Editors
- NS&I is one of the largest savings organisations in the UK, offering a range of savings and investments to 25 million customers. All products offer 100% capital security, because NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.
- Announced in the 2021 Spring Budget, Green Savings Bonds are a specific policy measure, and are distinct from NS&I’s normal activity. Investment in this product will not count towards NS&I’s Net Financing target.
- The first Issue of Green Savings Bonds went on sale on 22 October 2021 with a second Issue going on sale on 15 February 2022.
- Green Savings Bonds had achieved sales of circa £288 million as at 31 March 2022.
- For more information about Green Savings Bonds, visit www.nsandi.com/green.
- The Green Savings Bonds are issued under the same UK Government Green Financing Framework as the UK’s green gilt programme. The Framework document provides further details of the UK’s plans in this space, including the types of expenditures to be financed, and can be accessed here.
- NS&I is committed to ensuring that all customers, including those who do not have access to online services, can invest in Green Savings Bonds. Customers who do not have access to the internet should call 08085 007 007. Call centre staff have been trained to help customers who are unable to transact online due to exceptional circumstances.
- The Carbon Trust provided a pre-issuance impact assessment of the UK government green financing programme, which includes NS&I’s Green Savings Bonds. They found that the allocations ‘align sensibly’ with the Climate Change Committee’s recommended climate targets for the UK (known as its ‘Sixth Carbon Budget’) and they are ‘confident that the programme will contribute to achieving net zero by 2050’. You can read more about The Carbon Trust’s assessment here.
- AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and enables the comparison of interest rates from different financial institutions and across different products on a like-for-like basis. It shows what the notional annual rate would be if interest was compounded each time it was credited or paid out. Where interest is credited once a year, the rate quoted and the AER will be the same.
- Gross is the taxable rate of interest without the deduction of UK Income Tax.