This briefing was published with UK partners as part of our campaign to encourage local government pension schemes to go fossil free.

Local governments in the UK manage pension funds worth over £230 billion. £14 billion of this – over 6% – is invested in the fossil fuel industry. Across the UK and the world, these investments are increasingly being challenged by the fossil fuel divestment campaign.

This briefing summarises the arguments for divestment – both ethical and financial – and show how as a councillor you can advocate for divestment and take action on climate change in your council and community.