The mayor of Denmark’s capital launches a push to withdraw the city’s £700m investment fund out of coal, oil and gas holdings.
Cyclists cross a bridge from Islands Brygge in Copenhagen with the Oersted gas fired power station in the distance. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Friday 29 January 2016 04.54 EST
Copenhagen’s mayor has announced plans to divest the city’s 6.9bn kroner (£700m) investment fund of all holdings in coal, oil and gas.
If his proposal is approved at a finance committee meeting next Tuesday, as expected, the Danish capital will become the country’s first investment fund to sell its stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.
“Copenhagen is at the forefront of world cities in the green transition, and we are working hard to become the world’s first CO2 neutral capital in 2025. Therefore it seems totally wrong for the municipality to still be investing in oil, coal and gas. We must change that,” the city’s mayor, Frank Jensen, told the Danish newspaper, Information, which first reported the story.
“I think this move sits well with Copenhagen’s desire for a green profile for their city,” he added.
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It is unclear exactly how much of the city’s money pot is currently tied up in equities and bonds in the dirty energy sector.
A council spokesperson told the Guardian that no decision had yet been taken as to where exactly the withdrawn monies would be reinvested.
The divestment initiative began with a small leftwing party on the Copenhagen council, before being taken up by Jensen, a social democrat.
Last year, Oslo became the first capital city to divest from fossil fuels, when it ditched $7m of coal investments, to join a growing movement of cities that have pledged to combat climate change. The world’s largest coal port, Newcastle in Australia, has also made a divestment commitment.