Greenwashing Team Ineos arrives in Greater Manchester on Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain as Friends of the Earth calls for ban on fracking

11th September 2019

“Cycling fans have shown time and time again how passionate they are about the environment and fighting climate breakdown. Ineos goes completely against this.” Ali Abbas, campaigner at Manchester Friends of the Earth.

* Local anti-fracking groups to stage protests along Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain route. [1]

As cycling fans from around the country watch the action of the Tour of Britain, Ineos (the big-money sponsor of one of the world’s top cycling teams) continues its efforts to drill for fossil fuels – in the UK. [2]

Ali Abbas, campaigner at Manchester Friends of the Earth, said: “Ineos only uses cycling, and other sports, in an effort to greenwash the terrible impact it has on our planet. The company produces millions of tonnes of plastic each year and is trying to drill and frack large swathes of the British countryside – all the while talking about the environmental virtues of cycling.

“Tobacco was banned from sports sponsorship due to the damaging health effects – this should also apply to fossil fuels which wreak havoc on the health of the planet. 

“Ineos plans for fracking are completely incompatible with fighting climate breakdown. If we want to prevent further climate chaos they must not be allowed to dig up more fossil fuels.”

Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to ban fracking.


For more information contact Pete Abel, Manchester Friends of the Earth, 07951 642858

Notes for editors

1). On Saturday 14th September, protests along Stage 8 of the Tour of Britain route are being led by Frack Free Greater Manchester and Food & Water Europe.

Arrangement for photocall:

Altrincham  10.30 a.m.

Central Manchester 2.30 p.m.

 Manchester Friends of the Earth, Frack Free Greater Manchester and Food & Water Europe do not condone any disruption of the race itself.

2). See  for details of locations where INEOS and IGas (INEOS has a substantial interest in IGas’ shale gas licences) have licences or operations.

3). Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations. Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website: Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.