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

Tameside to debate the climate emergency but no sign of any fossil fuel divestment

24th February 2020

Tameside council will belatedly debate declaring a climate emergency at its meeting on Tuesday 25 Feb.  It will be the last of the Greater Manchester councils to do so. The proposer, council leader Brenda Warrington, refers to GMPF, pointing out its large investment in renewables. This fails to acknowledge the scale of the far…

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GM Pension Fund, ditch the coal!

12th February 2020

In 2019, the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) announced that “fighting the climate crisis is one of our highest priorities”.  The Fund also announced that it will transfer some of its funds from a tracker fund to a low-carbon fund. [1]  Excellent news. Except that, so far, no transfer. The Fund is a bit slow…

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New briefing for GM councillors on GMPF’s response to call for divestment

1st February 2020

Briefing for GM councillors on GMPF response to calls to divest from fossil fuels. Jan 2020                                                                                     Download as a leaflet in .pdf format Introduction Fossil Free Greater Manchester is a grassroots coalition of organisations and individuals who are working to persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) to commit to a speedy and full divestment…

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Salford Unison’s strong call for the GM Pension Fund to divest fossil fuels

15th December 2019

We are delighted to report that this motion from Salford City UNISON branch was passed on Friday 7th December. It was moved by Steve North.  It sets out very clearly the present situation and the reasons for divestment, building on Salford City Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency.  _____________________________________________________ Invest in the Future / Divest…

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