The University of Edinburgh moves £60 million into sustainability and low-carbon companies
The University of Edinburgh has announced it will shift £60 million of its investments into businesses that will directly benefit the environment, as part of its 2040 Climate Strategy. The investment will be leveraged through two main funds. The first will invest in companies that tackle a wide range of sustainability issues, including the production of greener products and low-carbon infrastructure. Under the sustainability umbrella, the University will also support companies that address significant sustainability challenges such as the sourcing of sustainable water, energy, and food. The second fund will invest exclusively in renewable technology, directly supporting the global transition to a low carbon energy system powered mainly by renewables.
The news is part of the University’s Zero by 2040 Climate Strategy, which aims, among others, to reduce carbon emissions per £1 million turnover by 50 percent by 2025 and make the university carbon neutral by 2040.
Since May 2015, when the University launched its Zero by 2040 Climate Strategy, it has invested more than £30 million in low carbon technology on campus, such as energy efficiency in buildings. The University has also attracted more than £50 million in funding for climate-related research. In 2016, the University of Edinburgh also divested from three major coal and tar sands companies: Shell, RTZ and BHP Billiton (...)