The ECF’s UK Programme exists to help broaden and deepen the political consensus for decarbonisation while securing actions to put Britain on track for net-zero and prevent the weakening of environmental standards. As the next phase of emission cuts involves the front of house decisions about how we heat our home and what kind of car we drive, we aim to strengthen and improve the diversity of the public debate to ensure a fair transition that continues to enjoy strong public support.
We aim to leverage progress within the UK, internationally, to support European and global efforts on climate change, and to help deliver a breakthrough at the COP26 summit in Glasgow through new emission-reduction commitments, both short and long-term, and increased availability of climate finance for vulnerable countries.
Through the ECF’s UK grant-making Programme, we seek to:
- Sustain the UK’s international leadership role on climate as hosts of both the G7 and UN climate summit (COP26). We aim to influence and support the UK government’s diplomatic efforts in order to drive up ambition among other major economies and ensure the UK delivers a successful G7 and COP26. A good outcome will rely on big advances on closing the global emissions gap against the 1.5°C Paris target via enhanced NDCs and climate finance for developing countries.
- Build the political and societal conditions for continued progress on climate. We aim to reach a much broader swathe of the public by enacting rich audience insights and working with more diverse partners at a local level and through cultural spaces. This work will help create the right political conditions for ambitious climate policies by demonstrating the strength of the climate consensus among key electoral demographics.
- Deliver emissions cuts in the real economy, with a focus on approaches that can be replicated in other geographies. We aim to secure new policies to deliver the phase-out of petrol and diesel sales by 2030, alongside traffic reduction and clean air measures in cities. We also aim to secure new steps to curb emissions from heating, achieve power sector decarbonisation by 2035, and initiate pilots of cleaner technologies like carbon capture and storage (CCS) and green steel production.
- Encourage collaboration and alignment on climate change with the EU27 and countries around the world. This can come to life through UK trade deals aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, robust post-Brexit environmental governance, and international initiatives on climate such as the Powering Past Coal Alliance.
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 litigation, advocacy and activism, to research and media 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.