Leeds Trinity University has pledged its
commitment to continue to divest from fossil fuel companies, in support of
student-led movement Fossil Free.
Leeds Trinity has joined more than 70
universities from across the UK who have pledged to exclude fossil fuel
companies from future investments. The University has no investments in
extractor fossil fuel companies and in support of the Fossil Free movement to
combat climate change, has pledged to never invest in the industry.
In its pledge, the University has declared that:
- It currently holds no investments in extractor fossil fuel companies;
- It will never invest in these companies; and
- It will commit to never investing in these companies in its Ethical Investment Policy.
The Fossil Free movement is a grassroots
campaign, coordinated by People and Planet and driven by students and local
groups, that encourages UK universities to invest more sustainably and divest
from companies having a profoundly negative impact on global warming.
The movement was formed following the
2015 Paris climate agreement, which has seen 195 countries sign a legally
binding international agreement to keep global temperature increases between
1.5°C and 2°C.
Dixon, Chief Operating Officer at Leeds Trinity University, said: “The
University’s pledge to continue to divest from fossil fuel companies
demonstrates our commitment to tackling global warming and in becoming more
sustainable. We are proud to be part of the Fossil Free movement, and we hope
that many more of our fellow educational institutions will join us.”
Christopher Dow, Vice-President of Leeds
Trinity Students’ Union who is running a campaign entitled ‘Chris Combats the
Climate Crisis’, said: "We
are incredibly proud to see Leeds Trinity join the ranks of those universities who
have pledged to never invest money in the companies
destroying our planet. Our students come from all over the world, and we
recognise our global responsibility in safeguarding a liveable climate for all.”
Trinity University takes sustainability very seriously and currently invests in
LED lighting, automatic lighting control, solar PV systems, sustainable waste
management and recycling. The University partners with the British Heart
Foundation, RightGreen and Terracyle to recycle clothing, furniture, and used
University also has an Environmental Champions group, which is open to all members of
staff and students from the Leeds Trinity community who want to improve the
University’s approach towards environmental, sustainable and social
responsibilities to the planet. For more information about the group, please
contact Yvonne Patrick, Head of Soft Facilities.
For those would like to
support Chris with his climate campaign, he can be contacted via email.