By flying, driving and so on the Trustees do not live a carbon-neutral life, and would not wish to imply that they do. Nevertheless, they believe it is better to do something than nothing. Accordingly, they expect their support in this area to grow substantially over the next one to two years, as they build a portfolio of beneficiaries who believe they believe will have significant and lasting impact.
While acquiring experience in this field, the Foundation has taken advantage of the knowledge and advice offered by the Climate Leadership Initiative and other expert bodies.
CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) draws on the power and influence of investors and buyers to motivate companies, cities, regions and states to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. It plays an essential role as the leading disclosure platform covering more than 7,000 companies and 600 cities. Over the past 18 years, CDP has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world, on the premise that what can’t be measured, can’t be managed. CDP is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition.
The Foundation’s support, over 3 years, will assist CDP in its work in China and India in particular.
Energy Foundation China
Energy Foundation China (EFC) is the largest climate-related grantmaker operating in China. Dedicated to facilitating China’s sustainable energy development, and working closely with a wide range of both public and private sector bodies, EFC acts as regrantor, facilitator, and strategic adviser. Its Beijing-based staff support policy research, the development of new standards, capacity building, and dissemination of best practices across multiple sectors of the economy, for example in key areas such as transport electrification, cooling efficiency, power sector reform, and green finance. It makes around 200 grants per annum to research institutes, academies, think tanks, and other NGOs. The Foundation has made a grant over 2 years towards EFC’s core activities in China.
Client Earth is a UK charity that employs the power of the law to protect the planet. It uses legal advocacy, advice and, where necessary, litigation in order to ensure that government policies and corporate investment behaviours comply with existing environmental, energy markets and state aid legislation in countries around the world. The Foundation made a substantial grant to Client Earth in early 2020.