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

Summer 2021 Supporters’ Newsletter

10th August 2021

This newsletter has been sent to our supporters and we are also making it more widely available here at this critical point in the global climate crisis – on which GMPF has still to act with the seriousness and resolve that we all need whether fund members, elected representatives or citizens both locally and globally….

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Fossil Free GM’s updated Fact Check Briefing

3rd July 2021

We have updated our comprehensive briefing paper, Fact check: Why the Greater Manchester Pension Fund can and must stop funding the fossil fuel industry. Read our Fact Check Briefing by clicking HERE “It is incongruous that a Fund which has relatively high levels of investment in renewable energy is making such slow progress in divesting…

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GMPF buys more shares in fossil fuels. Fund’s performance continues to slide.

7th June 2021

PRESS RELEASE Immediate release – 7.6.21 from: Fossil Free Greater Manchester campaign group – contact details below. Despite the climate emergency, GM Pension Fund invested more in oil, gas and coal last year Campaign group Fossil Free Greater Manchester (FFGM) has revealed that the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) increased its holdings in fossil fuels…

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Fossil fuel holdings increase at GM Pension Fund

10th May 2021

Reposted from The Meteor  Thanks for covering this story.   By Alex King Analysis of the Fund’s 2021 annual report by Fossil Free Greater Manchester shows the Fund increased its holdings of fossil fuel shares between 2019 and 2020, undercutting its claims it has made moves to divest. The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) bought more…

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