ENVIRONMENT

OUR CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

We commit to a low carbon future
In the Environment Programme, we are committed to making a low carbon future possible by supporting organisations in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India and the United States.

 

World leaders committed to keeping the increase of global average temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius in the historic climate agreement, signed in Paris in December 2015. They also pledged to pursue efforts to limit the increase in temperature to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It is an ambitious target and we will play a role alongside civil society groups, businesses and policy makers in finding solutions to meet it.

 

We aim for our grant investments from 2016 to 2020 to help guide economic, social and environmental development policies towards a clean energy and equitable future.

The 4 key areas

We will focus on four key areas: implementing systems that support clean and efficient energy systems; building sustainable cities; bringing down the barriers to promoting the widespread use of electric vehicles; and enabling and empowering the environment to shift key paradigms around how we use our energy and reduce pollution.

  • Clean and efficient energy systems

    We believe that clean and efficient energy will help reduce pollution, improve health and lift millions who still lack access to power out of poverty.

     

    To achieve the vision of a low carbon future, financial and political support must end for the most heavily polluting projects, including tar sands expansion, new and existing coal power plants and deep sea oil drilling.

  • Sustainable cities

    We believe that building cleaner, safer and healthier cities is key to tackling climate change. We support organisations that: champion better public health and quality of life through improved, people-friendly urban planning; and promote low-carbon public transport, reduced car use and the slashing of emissions from non-CO2 pollutants.

     

    Better-funded transport systems, the promotion of cycling and walking and the active involvement of women, young people and the elderly in public transit design will help make city living more attractive and accessible.

  • Fuel efficiency and electrification

    We believe that reducing dependence on oil is central to global energy security and realising the opportunities that climate action will bring.

     

    Transport that is powered by fossil fuels is a major source of pollution. Stricter laws to regulate vehicle efficiency, bringing down the barriers to electric vehicle uptake and realising the vision of driverless cars will all play a part in a cleaner, low-carbon world.

     

    We support organisations that safeguard progressive vehicle efficiency standards, promote the benefits of fossil-free transport and shape policies that make roads safer and cities healthier.

     

  • An enabling environment

    While international, national and local agreements and commitments play a pivotal role in shaping climate action, it is business and civil society demand for action that will shape our success.

     

    We work with organisations that create the political leverage and opportunities for climate action. A framework is needed that gives confidence to businesses to accelerate investment in cleaner, smarter ways of powering homes and economies.

     

    We believe that we will create the jobs, economic benefits and pollution reductions we need by:

     

    • enabling groups to mobilise public pressure for action;
    • shaping a new narrative about the opportunities of climate action; and
    • working with institutions that are redirecting finance away from heavily polluting investments to clean energy.

     

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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1. Clean and efficient energy systems

We believe that clean and efficient energy will help reduce pollution, improve health and lift millions who still lack access to power out of poverty.

 

To achieve the vision of a low carbon future, financial and political support must end for the most heavily polluting projects, including tar sands expansion, new and existing coal power plants and deep sea oil drilling.

 

2. Sustainable cities

We believe that building cleaner, safer and healthier cities is key to tackling climate change. We support organisations that: champion better public health and quality of life through improved, people-friendly urban planning; and promote low-carbon public transport, reduced car use and the slashing of emissions from non-CO2 pollutants.

 

Better-funded transport systems, the promotion of cycling and walking and the active involvement of women, young people and the elderly in public transit design will help make city living more attractive and accessible.

 

3. Fuel efficiency and electrification

We believe that reducing dependence on oil is central to global energy security and realising the opportunities that climate action will bring.

 

Transport that is powered by fossil fuels is a major source of pollution. Stricter laws to regulate vehicle efficiency, bringing down the barriers to electric vehicle uptake and realising the vision of driverless cars will all play a part in a cleaner, low-carbon world.

 

We support organisations that safeguard progressive vehicle efficiency standards, promote the benefits of fossil-free transport and shape policies that make roads safer and cities healthier.

 

4. An enabling environment

While international, national and local agreements and commitments play a pivotal role in shaping climate action, it is business and civil society demand for action that will shape our success.

 

We work with organisations that create the political leverage and opportunities for climate action. A framework is needed that gives confidence to businesses to accelerate investment in cleaner, smarter ways of powering homes and economies.

 

We believe that we will create the jobs, economic benefits and pollution reductions we need by:

 

  • enabling groups to mobilise public pressure for action;
  • shaping a new narrative about the opportunities of climate action; and
  • working with institutions that are redirecting finance away from heavily polluting investments to clean energy.