Europe at the forefront of the climate challenge
The European Union is a global leader in the transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy. Playing a crucial role in international political efforts to tackle the climate challenge, Europe is one of the main players moving with urgency toward the Paris Agreement objectives. Now, with a European Green Deal and a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030, Europe has a clear, tangible roadmap to deliver such ambition.
A wave of mass mobilisation, from climate marches to school strikes, is pressuring politicians to go further and faster. As a free-market democracy and the world’s largest single market, Europe is a key laboratory for innovative business and progressive social reform. It promises to bring groundbreaking change to globalised industries, from shipping to finance to aviation.
Europe also has the power to demonstrate to the world that tackling climate change can go hand in hand with economic growth, social justice and a better quality of life for all. Yet Europe’s role as a global leader on climate change should not be taken for granted. It requires constant defending.
Philanthropy has an important role to play in redressing that power balance, ensuring that public debates are free from bias, misinformation and abuse. Concerted action involving the widest possible range of actors is crucial to allow Europe to retain its leadership role.
European Green Deal
The European Green Deal presents a transformational opportunity like no other in history: it is a commitment to remake Europe’s economy for climate neutrality by 2050… Learn more
The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the need for a more resilient society and economy. Requiring an unprecedented scale of investments, the economic recovery from Covid-19… Learn more
Fit For 55 Package
The road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 will require effort from across society and sectors. To stay on a steady path for the next ten years… Learn more
Europe's place in the world
Europe can also make a difference on the world stage by demonstrating that tackling climate change can go hand in hand with strengthening employment, growth and quality of life. Additionally, by ensuring the issue remains front and centre of international politics, it can help further emphasise the urgency of meeting the Paris Agreement objectives.
There are also many industries that are fully globalised, from shipping to finance to aviation, and there Europe’s resolve can make a difference. Just as Europe can serve as a driver and innovator for climate action, it can also learn from other regions that are tackling the same problems, ranging from California’s rapid electrification of mobility to Costa Rica’s huge achievements in the domain of renewable electricity. This is how we will win the battle against climate change – by working together with, and learning from, each other.
Areas of expertise
From cutting-edge research to passionate protest, the climate community is fighting for a better quality of life and a brighter future. Learn more about the ECF’s areas of expertise and the concrete triumphs that are bringing us one step closer to net-zero. Read more.