Fossil divestment: investing to save the climate

Quintin George Rayer, Tom Harrison

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Investors are increasingly aware of climate related risks and one response has been to divest from fossil companies, which, by supplying fossil fuels, are responsible for the source of emissions and are most vulnerable to financial impacts.

What motivates investors to fossil divest? A desire to halt extraction of carbon dioxide generating fuel reserves, while avoiding fossil company investment risks, which Barclays have estimated will lose $34 trillion (£25.8 billion) of revenue from future policy and technology. Differing definitions can confuse those considering this approach.

Investors also debate whether engagement is more effective at influencing fossil
companies and there are a number of grey areas that need clarifying.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationCitywire Wealth Manager
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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