European Climate Foundation launched

The European Climate Foundation (ECF), the first philanthropic organization solely dedicated to reducing CO2 in Europe, was officially established at the start of April.

The ECF’s aim is to develop and implement climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s global greenhouse gas emissions. Within this general aim, the Foundation has identified four priority areas: energy efficiency in buildings and industry; low-carbon power generation; transportation; and EU climate policies and diplomacy. It will identify policy priorities based on the tons of potential greenhouse gas emission reductions and the probability of success in securing that policy change. It builds alliances among government, business and the NGO sector. The ECF is currently funded by a group of six trusts and foundations: the Arcadia Trust, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Ecofin Research Foundation, the McCall MacBain Foundation, the Oak Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, which also funds the US-based Energy Foundation.

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