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Leeds Trinity University pledges commitment to divest from fossil fuels

Posted on 07 November 2019

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​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.

Phill 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.”

Leeds 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 household items.

The 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. ​​​