Environment

The environment programme focuses on addressing today’s most pressing environmental issues through a combination of engaged grant making and foundation-led initiatives.

Through a collaborative approach with our grantees and key stakeholders, we work to influence decision makers, change markets and encourage the diffusion of clean technologies in order to restore our natural environment. The Environment programme has three portfolios, Climate Change, the Baltic Sea and Green Entrepreneurship.

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing humankind today. With science warning us that we’re rapidly reaching a tipping point in terms of our ability to prevent potentially catastrophic temperature and weather pattern changes, it is imperative that we quickly move to a low carbon future.

Zennström Philanthropies works to reach this goal through our grant making portfolio which focuses on ensuring the full cost of carbon is integrated into economic markets, creating policy and legal frameworks that move countries towards a sustainable development path, and engaging with key stakeholders to develop international cooperation on environmental issues.

See climate change grantees

Green Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs offer an often under-utilised resource in providing solutions to environmental problems. Clean tech entrepreneurs often face difficult and changing marketplaces, uncertain policy and regulation, as well as the common challenges that all entrepreneurs confront, and yet their work is critical to spurring on the innovation we need to move to a truly sustainable economy.

Zennström Philanthropies works to help develop a supportive ecosystem for clean tech entrepreneurs through a mixture of grant making, investment, policy advocacy and our Green Mentorship Award.

See green entrepreneurship grantees

Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is Europe’s most polluted sea and faces numerous challenges including overfishing, eutrophication, and mismanagement of natural resources. Surrounded by nine countries and numerous governance structures, efforts to restore the Baltic to ecological health have struggled to gain traction in recent years as governments have focused on economic development without prioritising protecting the environment.

In addition to the foundation’s grant making in the Baltic Sea, we are behind the leadership coalition Race for the Baltic that brings together businesses, NGOs, governments, cities and thought leaders to develop new approaches to addressing the environmental issues facing the region.

See Baltic Sea grantees

Zennström Philanthropies Initiatives

The Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world. Unsustainable agriculture and urban practices has resulted in a sea regularly threatened by algal blooms, not only causing harm to the ecosystem but also harming its natural beauty.

We have initiated Race for the Baltic, a leadership coalition for a well-managed and sustainable Baltic Sea to find new solutions that tackle these problems.

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The Zennström Green Mentorship Award was created by Zennström Philanthropies to support individual clean tech startups as well shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs in Sweden working to tackle climate change and create a low carbon future.

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Current Grantees

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  • Climate Change
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  • The Baltic Sea

Within the climate change grant portfolio we work with organisations whose focus is on ensuring that global markets reflect the true environmental cost of goods and services either through market regulation, policy or financial markets.

Within the green entrepreneurship grant portfolio we work with organisations who focus on both develop a supportive ecosystem for green entrepreneurs as well as developing the entrepreneurial clusters and networks in their respective countries.

Within the Baltic Sea grant portfolio we work with organisations looking to address the issues of illegal and over-fishing, marine protected areas and eutrophication.

Organisation

Category

Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA)

Climate Change

Carbon Disclosure Project

Climate Change

Carbon Tracker Initiative

Climate Change

Centro Mexicano De Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA)

Climate Change

Climate Interactive

Climate Change

Endeavor

Green Entrepreneurship

Friends of the Earth UK

Climate Change

GLOBE Europe

The Baltic Sea

Green Momentum Inc

Climate Change

Latin American & Caribbean Finance Group

Climate Change

Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (IMCO)

Climate Change

New Ventures Mexico

Green Entrepreneurship

Oceana

The Baltic Sea

Root Capital

Green Entrepreneurship

Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

The Baltic Sea

The Archipelago Foundation/Skärgårdsstiftelsen

The Baltic Sea

The Climate Group

Climate Change

The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International)

Climate Change

E3G

Climate Change

World Resources Institute Sustainable Finance Programme

Climate Change

WWF Mexico

Climate Change

Past Grantees

Organisation

Category

Link

Center for Clean Air Policy

Climate Change

Coalition Clean Baltic

The Baltic Sea

OECD

Climate Change

Empresas Pelo Clima

Climate Change

Environmental Defense Fund

Climate Change

E+Co

Social Entrepreneurship

Fisheries Secretariat

The Baltic Sea

Global Witness

Climate Change

New Ventures Brasil

Green Entrepreneurship

Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

The Baltic Sea

The Ashden Awards

Green Entrepreneurship

The P8 Project

Climate Change

The Royal Society’s Science Policy Centre

Climate Change

World Economic Forum’s Critical Mass Initiative

Climate Change