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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.

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Key challenges

  • Exponential increases in the penetration of renewable energies – solar, wind, geothermal… in particular in countries and regions where electricity demand and energy demand is growing fast (e.g. South-East Asia and Africa).
  • Designing pathways to achieve a net-zero, climate-resilient and socially-equitable economy by 2050. Reaching our ultimate climate goals requires the development of strategies that include all high-emitting sectors (energy, industry, transport, building, agriculture, forestry) and are owned by all relevant stakeholders (national and local governments; businesses and investors, civil society).
  • Leveraging international-national dynamics, as well as the positive feedback loop between national governments, local authorities, businesses, investors and campaigning, to support higher climate ambition globally. Addressing climate change requires the building of an infrastructure empowering the people supporting climate action within governments and companies while making the case for the alternative to business as usual.
  • Winning the narrative, and explaining the risks created by unmitigated global warming itself, as well as the economic and social opportunities related to the transition to a zero-GHG and climate-resilient economy.


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, and bringing back positive developments happening elsewhere 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 have 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 European Climate Foundation 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 ECF hosts and supports the 2050 Pathways Platform

    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 builds a broader constellation of cities, states, and companies engaged in long-term low-emissions planning of their own, and in support of the national strategies.

  • The ECF hosts and supports Tara platform

    Tara is a regionally-led grant-making initiative to accelerate the energy transformation in East, Southeast and South Asia (excluding India and China, where other regranting platforms exist). This region has more than 1.4 billion people and is home to some of the most climate-vulnerable  countries in the world.

    Tara’s vision is for a just and thriving society in Asia powered by renewable energy. With a mission to support a diverse group of partners to accelerate Asia’s energy transformation, Tara works with civil society organisations, businesses, think tanks and donors to craft compelling strategies. Tara also has a team of advisors based in the region with strong local networks.