Jan 2016 – Dec 2020

European Climate Foundation

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Multiple countries – Europe

To secure Europe’s climate leadership and put Europe on a path to an 80-95% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

$20,883,746 Grant Value

$558,630 evaluation budget

The European Union (EU) has led the world in demonstrating the feasibility of ambitious action on climate change. It now faces the dual challenge of implementing its political commitment to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 against 1990 levels, whilst also putting in place the foundations of the deeper transformation of the energy sector necessary to limit global warming to 2°C. 

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a major philanthropic initiative, established in early 2008 to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. It has established itself as a hub of expertise in strategising, aligning and coordinating between a wide range of partners in the private and public sectors. 

The ECF works with stakeholders as diverse as industry representatives, unions and consumer groups to target a range of issues across the power, transport and energy sectors. These include EU climate and energy policy, finance, governance and innovation.

The ECF promotes new regulation to mitigate climate change, in addition to supporting partners in revising and improving existing policies such as the Emissions Trading Scheme. It aims to contribute to a potential Europe-wide reduction in emissions amounting to 3 billion tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2030. 

Reducing emissions by 3 billion tonnes of CO2 is like shutting 788 coal plants for one full year

CIFF also supports ECF’s industrial programme, targeting the carbon performance of European industry and imported industrial goods. ECF aims to catalyse the establishment of a shared European industrial vision and regulatory framework that achieves both competitiveness and decarbonisation.

Climate change standards developed in Europe have traditionally served as a template for policy in other regions. By supporting the EU in its transition to a low-carbon economy, ECF may offer models of best practice for other nations striving to prevent climate change.   


CIFF’s support will enable ECF to pursue two key objectives. First it will help European leadership to implement its commitment to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030. Second, it will help establish the policy framework required for deeper transformation, with an 80-95% reduction in view. 

CIFF has been working with the ECF for several years. Click here to read more about our previous grant.