Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very ability of our planet to sustain life as changing temperatures wipe out habitats, change the chemistry of the oceans and threaten vulnerable communities. Only through coordinated partnership with businesses, governments and civil society do we have an opportunity to halt climate change now before the changes to our natural environment are irreversible. We believe that as a funder, we are most effective when we work to change the systems that hinder sustainable growth, be they political, financial or market-based. To achieve this goal we support organisations that work in innovative ways to influence decision makers.

Current grantees :

World Resources Institute

WRI’s Finance Center of Excellence works with public and private financing institutions in developing countries to increase the volume of capital flowing to sustainable activities and to redirect investments in unsustainable activities. To achieve this vision, we engage investors, governments, civil society, market facilitators, and project developers to help them leverage each other’s capital and expertise to prevent environmental and social harm. Zennström Philanthropies has provided a grant to contribute to WRI’s work with the Brazilian National Development Bank.

Carbon Tracker Initiative

The Carbon Tracker Initiative is aiming to improve the transparency of the carbon embedded in equity markets. This will be done by identifying the scale of unburnable carbon currently listed on stock exchanges around the world in order to demonstrate the systemic risk to markets. Carbon Tracker’s strategy for change rests on rigorous analysis undertaken by a credible team and then communicated to investment practitioners, industry bodies, NGOs as well as regulators & policymakers in ways that empower and motivate them to change behaviour.

Carbon Disclosure Project

CDP is an international, non-profit organisation providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose and manage and share vital environmental information . They work with market forces to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.  Zennström Philanthropies has provided a grant to CDP to work on a pilot  global climate change reporting program for state and regional governments,an important, but unfortunately often neglected, level of government working on mitigating climate change.

Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (IMCO)

IMCO is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan think tank founded in 2003 with the aim of studying economic and social phenomena that affects competitiveness in the context of a globalised economy. IMCO is involved in fostering entrepreneurship in Mexico by fostering public policy change. Zennström Philanthropies has provided IMCO with a grant along with WWF Mexico and Green Momentum to contribute to the development and promotion of clean technologies in Mexico report with a focus on entrepreneurship and competitiveness.

WWF Mexico

Climate change has been a priority for WWF for over 20 years. WWF publishes the Global Cleantech Index Report annually and has just completed a Mexican version of the Global WWF Energy report identifying areas within the construction, industry, transport and energy sectors where energy efficiency could be doubled.  Together with IMCO and Green Momentum they will contribute to the development and promotion of clean technologies report in Mexico with a focus on entrepreneurship and competitiveness.

Green Momentum Inc

GreenMomentum Inc. is a market intelligence and systemic innovation firm specializing in the development of advanced technology projects applied to social innovation. Its mission is to promote competitiveness and economic growth, and the development, adoption and financing of projects and clean technology companies that offer a clear social benefit for Mexico and Latin America. Together with WWF Mexico and IMCO they are contributing to a project on the development and promotion of clean technologies in Mexico with a focus on entrepreneurship and competitiveness.


Since 1996, AIDA has enforced national and international laws to halt development projects that harm the environment and human rights, and provided legal representation to redress such harms in the Americas. Seeing that International Financial Institutions and national governments finance these projects, AIDA has worked since 2004 to reform inadequate finance policies at the root of the problem. Zennström Philanthropies has provided them with a grant to contribute to reforming finance policies in Mexico and more broadly in Latin America.


The Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Mexico City. CEMDA was established 20 years ago, seeking to contribute to national efforts for defending the environment and natural resources in Mexico, through the strengthening, consolidation, harmonization and effective enforcement of the current environmental regulations. Zennström Philanthropies is providing a grant to strengthen the correct implementation of the climate change policy in Mexico at the national and sub-national level.

Latin American & Caribbean Finance Group

GFLAC is a group of organisations working to raise transparency and accountability standards in relation to national and internal funding destined for climate change. One of their main objectives is to identify and monitor finance flows in order to verify its proper use and compliance with the goals and purposes set out. Zennström Philanthropies has provided a grant to contribute to the direct establishment of this network and to contribute to their collaborative activities on climate change finance in Latin America.

The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. Based in the UK, the USA and Australia, they operate internationally. The Climate Group’s mission is to put the world on track for a low carbon economy by rapidly expanding the uptake of best practice on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Their work is driven by the vision of a world where reducing greenhouse gas emissions is widely regarded as the norm. Zennström Philanthropies has provided a project grant to help The Climate Group achieve their goals in their States & Regions programme.

Climate Interactive

Climate Interactive is building a community that creates, shares, and uses credible models, accessible simulations, and related media in order to improve the way leaders and citizens around the world think about the climate. Their purpose is to get these sims and insights into the world as accessible products so they can be tweaked, enhanced, translated, distributed and used to power change around the world.


E3G is an independent not-for-profit organisation, established in 2004, that works in the public interest to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development. They build coalitions to achieve carefully defined outcomes, chosen for their capacity to leverage change. E3G founders had been working together and developing their shared thinking for several years before the organisation was constituted in 2004. The core of E3G’s climate approach is to reframe the climate change debate around how to deliver the scale and pace of investment needed to preserve climate security, and to animate new coalitions and propositions to help achieve this outcome.

Friends of the Earth UK

Friends of the Earth is an environmental campaigning charity, part of an extraordinary global network with partners in 77 countries. One of its major priorities is to champion efforts to tackle climate change through research, lobbying and creating public pressure to motivate decision-makers to act. It has worked to secure ground-breaking legislation in the UK to reduce climate-changing emissions, and is rolling out this campaign to its sister groups in Europe to inspire global action. Zennström Philanthropies has provided a grant to their ‘Transforming the Treasury’ work.

GLOBE International

GLOBE is the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment founded in 1989. GLOBE facilitates high level negotiated policy positions from leading legislators from across the G8+5 parliaments and from regional dialogues which are informed by business leaders and key international experts. It’s objective is to support ambitious political leadership on issues of climate and energy security, land-use change and ecosystems and economic and population growth.

Past grantees:

Empresas Pelo Clima

The EPC works through capacity building activities of business managers and business support in developing their corporate policies and strategies for GHG management. Another program goal is to provide policy recommendations for a low-carbon intensity in Brazil.

Global Witness

Global Witness exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses. Global Witness is largely responsible for natural resources occupying the prominent role in the international agenda that they currently do.

OECD, Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation

The Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry leads the OECD’s work on knowledge-based sources of economic and social growth and, more specifically, on the translation of science, technology and knowledge into innovation.

The P8 Project

The P8 initiative involves working with twelve of the leading global pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, including representatives from Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America to address climate change. The P8 programme is coordinated by The University of Cambridge Programme for Industry (CPI). The CPI promotes social, environmental and economic awareness amongst leaders globally to both the benefit of the latter and society more broadly. The P8 initiative has been held under the auspices of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change organisation.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national non-profit organisation representing more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, they have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems. Zennström Philanthropies has given a grant to the Environmental Defense Fund to support their international climate change programme.

The Royal Society’s Science Policy Centre

The Royal Society has a long track record of providing scientific advice to policy makers. Its earliest report, on the state of Britain’s forests, was published in 1664. In the run-up to its 350th Anniversary in 2010, the Royal Society has established a Science Policy Centre in order to strengthen the independent voice of science in UK, European and international policy. They look to champion the contribution that science and innovation can make to economic prosperity, quality of life and environmental sustainability.

Center for Clean Air Policy

Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policy-makers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.

World Economic Forum’s Critical Mass Initiative

The Critical Mass Initiative was created in early 2010. It is a unique platform convened by the World Economic Forum, International Finance Corporation and United NationsFoundation, in association with the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and the Investor Network on Climate Risk. PwC was the Project Adviser to the World Economic Forum for this initiative. The initiative convened a community of institutional investors, asset managers, development banks, donor agencies, government officials, infrastructure project developers and climate finance experts, and enabled them to co-design a first wave of public-private financing solutions.