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France Takes Steps To Divest Oil And Gas Investments

Many people don’t realize that central banks are among the largest investment funds in the world, and large portions of their portfolios cover oil and gas industry exposure.

The French central bank has now announced that it will be reducing its exposure to fossil fuel investments a lot faster than previously announced.

An Economic Times report has some details on the goals for the months and years ahead.

“It said in a statement that by the end of this year it would no longer invest in companies which generate more than 2% of their revenues from coal and reduce the threshold to zero by the end of 2024. Currently the threshold stands at 10%.”

This move will free up billions of Euros, making them available for a new home in sustainable and green energy companies.

But there is another added move that the central bank will be taking until it’s fully divested. 

Starting this year, the bank will vote against new fossil fuel projects in the companies it still holds shares in.

That will make it a lot more difficult, and with support from other large shareholders, it could mean drastic changes towards green energy.



Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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