Ireland becomes world’s first nation to divest from fossil fuels

The landmark move means public money will have to be withdrawn from the coal, oil and gas industry

Cambridge Uni’s divestment hunger strikers pack in protest

Three first-year students ended a six-day protest aiming to stop investment in fossil fuels

Bristol Uni pledges full fossil fuel divestment by 2020

The university currently has £2 million invested in companies that support the fossil fuel industry

Durham University to divest from fossil fuel firms

It has committed to become an international partner in the development of green energy

University of Bristol divests from ‘most carbon intensive’ firms

  The University of Bristol has divested its investments in companies that derive more than 5% of their income from the “most carbon intensive” sectors of the fossil fuel industry. It has been working with Rathbone Greenbank Investments, which provides specialised ethical and sustainable investment services. The announcement follows a pledge made last year to […]

Paris climate deal to trigger more coal divestment

The world will see more divestments from coal and other fossil fuel assets as nations implement the Paris climate deal. A new study published in Nature suggests divestment will beat the “green paradox”, i.e. the phenomenon of a temporary increase in carbon emissions in response to climate policies aimed at cutting emissions, if “substantial” carbon […]

New York City sues ‘polluting’ Shell, BP and others

  The city of New York has announced it will divest from fossil fuels and has filed a climate lawsuit against five energy giants it is accusing of causing pollution. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s pension funds will withdraw around $5 billion (£3.7bn) of investments from fossil fuel companies. It […]

Actors say it’s curtains for fossil-fuelled pensions

A group of famous actors and performers have said the curtain is coming down on pensions investing in fossil fuels. The celebrities have voiced support for the #PensionPower campaign, which was set up by members of the British actors’ union Equity and supported by responsible investment charity ShareAction. Award-winning actor Mark Rylance and actresses Zoë Wanamaker […]

‘Fossil fuels? I’ll have nun of that’ say Catholic groups

Forty Catholic institutions from across the world have divested from fossil fuels this week. The move marks the biggest single divestment made by religious institutions, including banks, universities and even the Italian town where Saint Francis of Assisi was born. The sum of money involved has not been disclosed but the organisations involved suggest the move is […]

Wood-fired biomass investment raises green questions

A group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have questioned a Danish pension fund’s green credentials after it invested in a biomass power station in the UK. The various groups, which include Biofuelwatch, Dogwood Alliance and NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark, suggest Pensionskassernes Administration’s (PKA) acquisition of 50% of the shares in the new MGT Teesside power […]