The Greater Manchester campaign
for fossil fuel divestment

Fossil Free Greater Manchester

In response to the climate emergency, we’re calling on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to:

  1. Make the fund fossil free within the next 2 years.
  2. Immediately move all investments out of the most polluting fossil fuels (coal, tar sands & fracking).
  3. Develop a strategy to invest in local climate solutions in Greater Manchester.

Take action

Ask your council leader to tell GMPF to ditch the coal

About us

We are part of a rapidly growing global alliance campaigning for divestment. We’re working with trade unions, scheme members and others to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to ditch its risky and polluting investments in fossil fuel companies.

Moorland fires, toxic air, extreme weather… the GMPF is funding climate chaos.

  • Around £1,800,000,000 (£1.8 billion) is currently invested in polluting fossil fuel companies such as Shell & BP.
  • These companies are risky investments for our planet and our pockets.
  • Local governments have a responsibility to work for the public good.

What is divestment?

Over 80% of the world’s coal, oil and gas reserves are unburnable if we want to halt climate change.

The hundreds of billions of pounds invested in energy projects every year need to be moved out of the fossil fuel industry and invested in clean energy instead.

Universities, pension funds, churches and other institutions are increasingly taking their investments out of coal, oil and gas.

We’ve joined this rapidly growing global alliance, and are campaigning to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to divest the £1.8 billion it has invested in fossil fuels.

Why divest?

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) is the largest and dirtiest in the  country. By following in the footsteps of hundreds of investors, including Norway and New York City, the GMPF must divest to…

  • Do the right thing
     for a safe and healthy future for members and their families.
  • Reduce financial risk
     as the world moves away from fossil fuels.
  • Protect our reputation
     Live up to Greater Manchester’s zero-carbon ambition.
  • Accelerate the transition
    Invest in the clean energy of the future, not the fossil fuel dinosaurs of the past.

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved with the campaign, why not come along to one of our meetings?  They take place at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at the Green Fish Resource Centre (46-50 Oldham St, M4 1LE).  All welcome, but please contact us in advance to let us know you’ll be joining us.

Latest Articles

FFGM Supporters Newsletter March 2021

19th March 2021

A lot’s been happening! Dear FFGM Supporters, In this newsletter New data on dirty local government pension investments Our correspondence with GMPF Greater Manchester Councils speak up Action you can take Union members: petition to sign Despite the pandemic, we’re still working hard at Fossil Free Greater Manchester to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund…

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New research: North West local government funds still heavily invested in fossil fuels

23rd February 2021

Friends of the Earth and Platform press release  Dirty pensions: North West local government funds still heavily invested in fossil fuels Local councils in the north west still have over a billion pounds invested in planet-wrecking fossil fuels through local government pension funds.  Freedom of information requests by environmental campaigners found that, despite decreases in recent years, local government pensions in the north…

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Greater Manchester Pension Fund suffers £375m hit to Oil and Gas stocks

8th December 2020

Press Release from Fossil Free Greater Manchester Greater Manchester Pension Fund suffers £375m hit as oil and gas investments crash. New analysis reveals that £375m was wiped off the value of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund due to their oil and gas investments losing value over the past three years [1]. Platform London commissioned Transition…

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Fact checking GMPF’s arguments against divestment

13th November 2020

We welcome the news that all ten of our local councils, along with the GM Combined Authority, have declared a climate emergency. But the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), run by Tameside on behalf of all the local authorities and other employers, continues to invest huge sums in polluting fossil fuel companies. GMPF’s largest direct…

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