The Greater Manchester campaign
for fossil fuel divestment

Fossil Free Greater Manchester

IN RESPONSE TO THE CLIMATE  EMERGENCY, WE ARE CALLING  UPON 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.

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 £2,000,000,000 (£2 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.

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 approximately £2 billion it has invested in fossil fuels.

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.

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!  Or contact us.

Note

*  There were £1.4Bn direct investments in the biggest 200 coal, oil and gas companies at March 2018.  GMPF also has indirect investments in fossil fuels.  These were estimated at £516M in 2017.  Our own best estimate, based on analysis of the Fund’s March 2018 figures, is £508M which will reduce by an amount yet to be announced when GMPF moves some of these indirect pooled investments into a “low carbon fund”.

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Fossil Free GM meets with the Pension Fund – we still say much too slow!

27th July 2019

On 11 July, two representatives of Fossil Free Greater Manchester met with senior representatives of Greater Manchester Pension Fund and their advisors.  The meeting, which was scheduled at short notice, lasted just over an hour.  It was a constructive discussion in which both sides were able to present their thinking and arguments.  We have written…

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News release: Campaigners call on GM Pension Fund to divest from climate-wrecking fossil fuel investments

19th July 2019

Today (Friday 19th July) a noisy protest [1] outside the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) offices called for the Pension Fund to join the growing global movement to respond to the climate emergency by divesting from climate-wrecking fossil fuels within 2 years The GM Pension Fund is the largest local government pension fund in the…

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Press release: Campaigners call on GM Pension Fund to help tackle the climate crisis

17th July 2019

Campaigners will demand that Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) join the growing movement to tackle climate change when they gather at the Fund’s offices at 12.30 on 19 July . The Fund is the largest local government pension fund in the UK. [1] According to a 2018 report, over 10% of the fund – up…

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Tell GM Pension Fund to Stop Funding Global Heating

4th July 2019

You want to help stop the earth overheating. Then join us in telling Greater Manchester Pension Fund to stop funding climate change by investing 10% of its assets in companies whose aim is to extract and sell as much oil gas and coal as they can.  It’s their Annual General Meeting on 19 July.  They’ve…

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