As COP26 nears, universities lag on fossil fuel divestment

With politicians preparing to gather in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference to wean the world off fossil fuels, the vast majority of continental European universities have still not committed to kicking the habit, writes David Matthews for Science|Business.

Unlike counterparts in the United States and United Kingdom, only a handful of universities in the EU have pledged to divest from fossil fuels – no longer investing in shares of these companies, or taking their sponsorship money.

Of 211 educational institutions that have said they will divest from fossil fuels – the vast majority of which are universities and colleges – just 15 are based in mainland Europe, according to a Science|Business analysis of a database run by the climate campaign organisation That is despite active divestment campaigns across the continent.
Full report on the Science|Business site