The University of Edinburgh was the first university in Europe to sign the UN Principles of Responsible Investment, and has committed to avoid investments in fossil fuels, controversial weapons, and tobacco.
Updated policy on fossil fuel investments
In 2018, the University announced that it will complete its transition out of fossil fuel investments within three years. It will now become the largest university endowment in the UK to be free of fossil fuel investment.
The University has already invested more than £150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment since 2010.
The decision, approved by the University’s ruling body, the University Court, follows its commitment – made in 2016 – to become carbon neutral by 2040.
The approach the University takes to responsible investment fully supports the stated values and mission of the University. We aim to be a truly global university benefiting society and are committed to principles of academic freedom in teaching and research.
Our mission, as a world-leading centre of academic excellence, requires that alongside our commitments to research, teaching and employability outcomes we also make: “A significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health, economic growth and cultural wellbeing.”