Strategic philanthropy for a low-carbon society
Tackling climate change effectively is a prerequisite for peaceful, prosperous societies in Europe and around the world. As climate change ignores national and sectoral boundaries, climate protection strategies need to build bridges across those divides. Concerted action is vital. Together with our partners we mediate between different perspectives and help develop dynamic new agendas, which can stand the test of time in a plural, democratic society.
The ECF is fundamentally guided by the co-development of strategy with our partners and stakeholders. Our approach is anchored in an intense dialogue on values, strategies and impact. Since there is a multitude of interdependent factors and unforeseen disruptions to be accounted for, we frame our approach and time horizons accordingly.
The ECF adheres to the core elements of strategic philanthropy. This includes drawing on state-of-the-art research and context analysis, formulating testable hypotheses and measureable goals, monitoring implementation, evaluating results, learning from experience and dynamically adapting to external developments.
The ECF portfolio encompasses
- Sectoral initiatives: Energy Efficiency, Power and Transport;
- Cross-cutting initiatives: Energy Union, Externalities, Finance and Economics, Governance and Innovation; and
- Regional initiatives: EU/Brussels, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, France and International.
The ECF seeks to address the “how” of the low-carbon transition in a non-ideological manner. In collaboration with our partners, we contribute to the debate by highlighting key path dependencies and the implications of different options in this transition. Will, objectives and capacities differ – this is as true in the international climate process as much as in the European and national debates. At the same time, interdependencies among public, private and third sectors; among sub-sectors such as energy efficiency, power, heating and transport; among jurisdictions (international, European Union, national, local); and among climate protection, economic growth and energy security objectives are critical and should be viewed as an opportunity to identify synergies.