The Greater Manchester campaign
for fossil fuel divestment

Fossil Free Greater Manchester

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.

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.

Wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes, extreme heat … the GMPF is funding climate chaos.

  • Almost £1 billion is currently invested in polluting fossil fuel companies such as Shell & BP.
  • These companies are risky investments for our planet and our pockets.
  • GMPF should take urgent action on the climate emergency – net zero by 2050 is too late.

Take action

Take a look at our  “get involved” page.

 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 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, from Norway to New York to Cardiff, the GMPF must divest to…

  • Do the right thing
    for a safe future for members, their families and families around the world
  • Reduce financial risk
    secure our pensions as fossil fuels are phased out.
  • Protect our reputation
    live up to Greater Manchester’s zero-carbon ambition.
  • Invest in the future
    support clean renewable energy, not the fossil fuel dinosaurs of the past.

Join us

If you’d like to join the campaign, why not come along to one of our meetings?  We meet on Zoom the second and fourth Monday of the month. All welcome. Please email us on to let us know you’d like to join our meetings and we’ll send you a Zoom link.

Latest Articles

We asked Andy and he listened!

30th March 2022

Fossil Free Greater Manchester, along with Extinction Rebellion and Unison, brought our campaign to the Mayor’s Question Time in Bolton Arena on  23 March. We were calling on the GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, to take a stance on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s huge holdings in fossil fuels. Andy Burnham came outside to talk to…

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Join us in Bolton 7pm Wednesday 23 March to wake up Andy!

21st March 2022

Demonstration in Bolton for Mayors question time. Every month, Andy Burnham answers questions from people in one of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. This month he’s going to Bolton and so are we. Please will you join us in Bolton on Wednesday evening to demonstrate outside the Mayor’s Question Time event? We will be outside the…

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Presenting the case for divestment to Bolton councillors

20th February 2022

Presenting the case for divestment to Bolton councillors On 10th February we attended Bolton council’s Corporate and External Issues Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  We were invited as a follow-up to discussions about the fate of the council’s earlier motion calling on Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Bolton is among the GM…

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GM Pension Fund repeats outdated claims about fossil fuel earnings

6th February 2022

We’ve heard that yet again officers of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) have repeated the claim that ‘GMPF achieved over £400 million more in returns than if it had divested its’ shares in oil, gas and coal mining companies.’  We wrote to the fund over a year ago to ask for details of how…

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