It is a pleasure to present this Annual Report, the first in my capacity as Chair of the ECF Supervisory Board. Last year I was honoured to be asked to succeed Caio Koch-Weser in this role. I join my colleagues on the Board and the staff of the ECF in expressing our deep gratitude to Caio for his commitment to the organisation. His leadership and guidance have been instrumental in the ECF’s development and success. I feel privileged to continue this great work with the support of Kate Hampton and Jonathan Pershing, as Vice Chairs, and of the other distinguished members of our Board.
This report describes some of the achievements that the ECF and its grantees and partners helped to realise in 2018. A significant milestone was the EU’s Clean Energy for All package of policies and measures that was approved by the European Union in December 2018. The package is a major step forward for the low-carbon transition in Europe and its targets will, when implemented, be transformative—for instance requiring that 55% of Europe’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030. The Europe Beyond Coal Campaign continued to push for a complete phase out of coal-fired power generation in Europe by 2030.
All this occurs at a time of increasing political attention to climate change. Europe demands faster, more radical action, as well as the need to ensure that the transition to a low-GHG economy is fair and that those communities affected by the necessary shift away from fossil fuels—those working in coal-mining regions, or vulnerable to increases in the cost of traditional energy, for instance—are part of the debate.
The ECF’s mission also includes promoting European leadership on the international stage, and I am proud of the work of the 2050 Pathways Platform, a global initiative incubated by the ECF to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement that became fully operational in 2018. The adoption of the Katowice Rulebook at the UN climate conference in Poland last December was a measure of progress in the international negotiations, even if much work remains to be done.
None of our work would have been possible without the continued support of our funders. Thanks to their belief in the importance of European climate leadership at home and on the international stage, the ECF has been able to continue growing investment in civil society, expert analysis and engagement in the most important debate of our time—how to realise a just transition to a net-zero-emission society in line with the Paris Agreement and prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
We are grateful to all of our partners for their continued work and commitment.
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board
When we look back on the past decades of climate action, I believe we will see 2018 as a turning point.Record heatwaves across Europe, Japan, the US; fires in Greece, ...