European Climate Foundation Annual Report 2018

Europe's global leadership

Recognising the urgency of meeting the Paris Agreement objectives, the ECF’s international initiatives operate globally to support climate action. The ECF seeks to support climate ambition outside of Europe at country, regional, city and business levels by engaging citizens, policymakers, businesses and other actors in the low carbon transition. To this end, the ECF supports the implementation of long-term, low emissions development strategies through the 2050 Pathway Platform and by providing policy level support for clean, affordable energy to emerging economies through the International Forum for Energy.

The political landscape

In 2018 the climate agenda was confronted by a number of political challenges. While the IPCC' s Special Report on 1.5°C reminded world leaders of the urgency of resolute action to combat climate change, major economies (including the United States, Brazil and Australia) took notable steps back from climate action.

However, the year ended positively with ambitious commitments from cities, regions and businesses at the Global Climate Action Summit, followed by the adoption of the “rulebook” for implementing the Paris Agreement and a formal reiteration of the need for all countries to increase the ambition of their emissions reductions. It is now vital to capitalise on these commitments to mobilise increased social and economic energy ahead of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September 2019. Meanwhile, as many emerging economies navigate reforms of their national electricity systems, support is needed to encourage the deployment of clean, renewable energy to deliver energy access while preserving clean air, clean water, and a stable climate.

Jonathan Pershing

Philanthropy can be instrumental in helping countries raise their ambition in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The work that the ECF is doing in facilitating coalitions
and strengthening the climate change field is highly regarded. We see the ECF as an innovative, reliable, and efficient partner.

Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Our work

In 2018, the ECF’s international strategy matured, as all of the global teams transitioned from strategy planning processes to full operation. Throughout the year, the ECF global teams put considerable effort into strengthening the climate network, building cohesive and cooperative partnerships and enhancing the quality of our strategic activities and interventions.

At COP24, international partners helped ensure that the COP delivered necessary outcomes: agreement of the Paris Agreement rulebook, and clear signals from countries on their intention to increase ambition.

Through the 2050 Pathway Platform, the ECF supported the development of ambitious long-term low-emission strategies that firmly placed the citizen at the heart of the transformation. The development of the Marshall Islands strategy serves as a powerful example of a developing and vulnerable nation connecting long-term planning with the need for urgent short-term climate action.

Our work also focused on accelerating the clean energy transformation for emerging economies through cutting-edge economic analyses, policy solutions and innovative financing models.

Emmanuelle Pinault

The ECF has helped create a unique space for reflection, information and intelligence sharing among the climate movement.
For an urban organization like C40, it is a crucial platform on national and international developments that helps us to act strategically at both levels.

Head of City Diplomacy, C40
Other highlights

Sustainable finance

EU climate leadership

National mobilisation