Our objective is to support an international community that steps up to the challenges posed by climate change and seizes the opportunities of the transition towards a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy and climate-resilient future.
The Paris Agreement, which sets the goal to limit the increase in global temperature to well below 2°C – aiming for 1.5°C, acts as our framework. The signatories of the Paris Agreement also committed to strengthening adaptation capabilities to cope with the inevitable impacts of climate change, re-orienting all financial flows and technology deployment and development consistently with these temperature goals.
The transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions society is the greatest challenge of our time and one that requires more than incremental steps. Addressing it requires aligning political and technical approaches, technological and behavioural change, global, national and local actors, and decisions and real-world implementation by governments, businesses and civil society.
- Bridging Europe and the rest of the world: transforming the European Union into a leader and innovator for deep decarbonisation and just transition that has positive spillover effects on the rest of the world; aligning European diplomatic and trade policy with this goal; and bringing positive developments happening elsewhere back into European political, policy and public debates to further accelerate the European transition.
- Supporting the climate movement: In many countries, a wave of public protests has demonstrated strong public support for mitigating climate change. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg helped catalyse this movement, and now she and countless others are leading protests across the world. The ECF supports the work of Greta Thunberg and many other young activists by offering them pro bono logistical and communications support. By doing so we support their voices in the public debate. These young people are providing a vital reminder that the path to a net-zero emission economy needs to start today.
How we work
Recognising the urgency of meeting the Paris Agreement objectives, the ECF’s international team operates globally to support climate action. The ECF seeks to support climate ambition outside of Europe at country, regional, city and business levels by engaging citizens, policymakers, businesses and other actors in the low carbon transition.
The 2050 Pathways Platform is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched at COP 22 by High-Level Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana and Hakima El Haite to support countries seeking to develop long-term, net zero-GHG, climate-resilient and sustainable-development pathways. Designed as a space for collective problem-solving, the Platform also brings together a network of bilateral and multilateral donors, international and national think tanks, climate policy experts, and national civil society groups with an interest in long-term planning and a just transition to net zero emissions in response to the climate challenge.
The Platform also supports activities that encourage countries to reach “True Zero”, and acts as the secretariat for the Carbon Neutrality Coalition, a group of pioneering countries that have agreed to develop ambitious climate strategies to meet the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement.