European Climate Foundation 14 Jahre Erfahrung

Paving the way for a net-zero world

The Euro­pean Cli­ma­te Foun­da­ti­on is dedi­ca­ted to respon­ding to the glo­bal cli­ma­te cri­sis by crea­ting a net-zero green­house gas emis­si­ons socie­ty. We harness the power of effec­ti­ve phil­an­thro­py to sup­port the cli­ma­te com­mu­ni­ty in shaping public deba­te and for­ging bold solu­ti­ons. Tog­e­ther with hund­reds of part­ner orga­ni­sa­ti­ons we are at the fore­front of a glo­bal move­ment to ensu­re a liveab­le pla­net for future generations.

Leading the change for more than 10 years

Cli­ma­te chan­ge is the defi­ning chal­len­ge of our time, and we are alrea­dy fee­ling its impact around the glo­be. The ECF was foun­ded in 2008 by phil­an­thro­pists to deve­lop solu­ti­ons and acti­va­te poli­ti­cal enga­ge­ment and public con­scious­ness around this glo­bal emer­gen­cy. Europe’s histo­ry as a cli­ma­te lea­der, its robust demo­cra­cy and huge sin­gle mar­ket makes it the ide­al place to sca­le new glo­bal solu­ti­ons. For the last 10 years, the ECF has been a gal­va­ni­sing for­ce in pro­mo­ting Europe’s cli­ma­te lea­ders­hip. Today, we form a net­work of more than 300 orga­ni­sa­ti­ons working stra­te­gi­cal­ly defi­ne and dri­ve the poli­cy in Euro­pe nee­ded for a net-zero world. In 2015, we cele­bra­ted a major bre­akthrough for cli­ma­te action with the adop­ti­on of the Paris Agree­ment. Making the pro­mi­se of this unpre­ce­den­ted glo­bal con­sen­sus a rea­li­ty will requi­re not only well-desi­gned laws and poli­ci­es but also strong poli­ti­cal enga­ge­ment on the back of broad socie­tal support.

This is our moment 

The cli­ma­te cri­sis affects ever­y­bo­dy. That’s why we need all of socie­ty on board to face it. The ECF net­work is moving with urgen­cy to push for an ambi­tious who­le-eco­no­my tran­si­ti­on in Euro­pe to avoid cata­stro­phic levels of cli­ma­te chan­ge. We must make the social case for a net-zero green­house gas socie­ty that is more fair, inclu­si­ve and healt­hy. Addres­sing the cli­ma­te cri­sis pro­vi­des a gre­at oppor­tu­ni­ty for inno­va­ti­on and eco­no­mic growth. With our part­ners we are working with poli­ti­cal actors, busi­ness and civil socie­ty to make Euro­pe a pioneer in the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on. Our grea­test chal­len­ge is chan­ging per­cep­ti­ons to break down the poli­ti­cal and social bar­ri­ers to the necessa­ry solu­ti­ons to the cri­sis. Our grea­test strength is our abi­li­ty to align and work with a wide array of actors to con­ver­ge around our com­mon goal of a sus­tainab­le future and bet­ter lives.

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