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

Greater Manchester Pension Fund fails to raise its game

12th January 2022

Greater Manchester quietly published its updated Investment Strategy Statement in September. The changes followed a poorly publicised public consultation that received just 11 responses. However, 8 of those responses proposed that, “The Fund will decarbonise its portfolio by at least 15% per annum and become zero carbon by 2038 at the very latest, in line…

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Weekly vigil outside the GMPF Offices

25th November 2021

Watch an interview with our member Pete Somerville in which he explains why he is holding a weekly vigil outside the offices of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

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No more Blah Blah Blah!

12th November 2021

No more Blah Blah Blah from GM Mayor Andy Burnham and Tameside Council Leader Brenda Warrington! Pensioners and pension fund members gathered to wake up Andy Burnham outside the GMCA offices at 8am last week. Now, as COP26 ends, campaigners from Fossil Free Greater Manchester are calling on Andy Burnham and Tameside leader Brenda Warrington,…

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Wake Up Andy!

2nd November 2021

Pensioners and pension fund members will be making a noise to “Wake Up Burnham” outside the GMCA offices  on Wednesday 3 November.  We want GM Mayor Andy Burnham to support our call for the GM pension fund to take its money out of fossil fuel investments. Find out more in our Press-release.

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