Nobel Foundation divests funds linked to oil
"Since several of our prizes are for science, it's natural to rely on science when it comes to climate change and sustainability," Vidar Helgesen, the new head of the Stockholm-based foundation, told AFP.
According to the former Norwegian environment minister, the fund had sold off some 350 million Swedish kronor ($40 million, 34 million euros) of assets placed in a fund that did not have strong enough restrictions on oil.
Helgesen explained that as the foundation is not an active investor, it does not make direct investments in companies and instead relies on funds and fund managers to place their capital, but they still have requirements for what type of investments should be avoided.
Helgesen added that it is important that Nobel laureates know where their prize money comes from.
Nobel Prizes seek those who have provided "greatest benefit to humankind", and come with a sum of 10 million kronor per discipline that are financed by these investments.
It had already recently divested itself of its coal-related holdings, Helgesen added.
Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high by 2023 despite international commitments to cut them, the International Energy Agency warned Tuesday.