Church of England threatens to withdraw investment from oil and gas

Companies have until 2023 to ensure they are on track to meet the aims of the Paris climate agreement

Activists call for church to divest from ExxonMobil

Activists are today campaigning for the Church of England (CoE) to divest from ExxonMobil. A coalition of faith and non-faith groups are staging a demonstration outside the oil and gas giant’s Fawley Refinery in Hampshire, on the day of the company’s AGM in Houston. Demonstrators handed leaflets to staff as they entered and this afternoon plan […]

Church tells BP and Shell to “take responsibility for carbon”

The Church of England has challenged BP and Shell to take responsibility for their carbon footprint. The Church which holds investments in both BP and Shell oil companies, says they have a “vital opportunity to influence the strategy on climate change of the companies whose shares we own” The church will be submitting a shareholder […]

Church of England faces pressure to ditch fossil fuels

Oxford has become the first Church of England diocese to join a growing movement of investors and commit to divesting from fossil fuel assets. The Oxford Diocesan Synod has also passed a motion calling on the Church of England diocese to follow them and commit to divest from coal, oil and gas companies. By a […]

World Council of Churches ‘to divest from fossil fuels’

More than 300 churches, including the Church of England, have reportedly decided to pull their investments out of fossil fuel companies. Environmental campaign group 350.org claims the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), whose members represent 590 million people in 150 countries, is phasing out its fossil fuel holdings. Guillermo Kerber, who […]

Community energy projects showcased around the UK

A two-week initiative to showcase community owned renewable energy projects and energy saving schemes has been launched. The Community Energy Fortnight consists of a number of events at existing projects to highlight the upsides of community energy as well as workshops to help people get involved. They include a National Trust walking tour of hydroelectric […]

RSPB opposes fracking, Church of England begs to differ

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has piped up with concerns about fracking for shale oil and gas in Lancashire over fears for local wildlife. The nature group is worried the drilling technique – cracking open shale rock deep underground with a highly pressured mix of water – could pose a risk to […]