Students against fossil fuels see no gains in universities

Singapore’s top universities have made “little to no progress” in phasing out the influence of the oil and gas industry, according to the latest study by a student climate group, writes Robin Hicks for Eco-Business.

More than a year after Students for a Fossil Free Future (S4F) highlighted the links between Singapore’s leading universities and Big Oil, and called for fossil fuel companies to be kicked off campus, the student collective has assessed how Singapore’s top colleges have responded to their demands for a fossil fuel-free education system.

According to the scorecard, none of the universities – which include National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University – have developed a timeline for divestment from fossil fuels, which is the central demand of S4F. None have committed to cease investing in fossil fuel firms and sign on to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Nor have the universities said they will restrict the appointment of Big Oil executives on their boards.
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