The ECF’s UK Programme exists to build the public and political mandate for effective climate policies and leverage success internationally. Historically, climate policy in the UK has been characterised by high levels of political agreement and civil society engagement, with the country becoming the first in the world to require legally-binding cuts in carbon emissions through the Climate Change Act in 2008, amended in 2019 to commit to net zero by 2050. Now, as a major economy that has entered a shallow recession, and recognising the global reach of UK media and cultural institutions, the challenge is to show how political and public consensus can be sustained to tackle trickier parts of the transition.
Through the ECF’s UK grant-making Programme, we seek to:
- Build the societal mandate for continued progress on climate by reaching a much broader swathe of the public through audience insights and by working with more diverse partners at a local level and in cultural spaces.
- Help create the right political conditions for ambitious action by demonstrating the strength of the climate consensus among key electoral demographics, and defining constructive terrain for political competition.
- Deliver emissions cuts in the real economy through policies that address the cost of living, jobs, growth and security challenges, focusing on approaches that can be replicated in other geographies.
- Encourage international collaboration on climate change through UK trade deals aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and diplomatic efforts that help drive ambition among other major economies.
How we work
The ECF identifies gaps in the UK’s response to the climate crisis by funding and sometimes creating organisations with the right expertise and public profile to address key issues. We take a broad approach to the types of interventions we fund – from advocacy and activism to research and media and digital engagement – because all of this activity builds towards an ambitious, strategic and thoughtful climate movement that reflects the full diversity of our society. Together with our grantees, we seek a secure and sustainable future for all.
Senior Associate, Transport Programme
Director, UK Programme
Executive Director Communications, Cultural Change & UK Programmes
Director, International Climate Accountability Programme
Manager, UK Programme
Strategic Communications Lead, UK
Associate, UK Programme