About us: CLEW – Funders

The Clean Energy Wire is a joint initiative of the Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation. The foundations have decided to extend funding for the Clean Energy Wire’s successful work -- including the German language project on climate science www.klimafakten.de -- until 2021 after an external evaluation confirmed the quality and effectiveness of both projects. The Stiftung Mercator has made an executive summary of the evaluation conducted by Professor Dr. Christoph Fasel available here.




Preventing dangerous climate change is one of Stiftung Mercator’s central objectives, which is why it is committed to a successful energy transition in Germany as a trigger for global climate change mitigation. An ecologically and economically successful energy transition in Germany can send out a global signal encouraging other countries to embark on an ambitious climate protection programme so long as the goals, successes and challenges are understood at home and abroad. In establishing the Clean Energy Wire CLEW, the foundations have set up an initiative which supports well-founded and nuanced reporting on the energy transition.

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.



“Germany’s Energiewende is a world-leading project to decarbonise the power system which drives the world’s 4th largest economy,” says Tom Brookes, Managing Director of the Energy Strategy Center at the European Climate Foundation. “Countries around the world are watching the process carefully and need clear, factual and balanced information on every development in the process. The ECF supports Clean Energy Wire to provide unbiased and thorough analysis of the German energy transition both to the German public and to the world,” Brookes says.

ECF is a joint initiative of several large internationally active foundations in Europe and the United States that address the threat of global warming. Since 2008, it has operated as a part of the ClimateWorks Network advancing effective climate protection in Europe. As the largest and economically strongest country in the EU, Germany plays a key role in ECF’s strategy. The Energiewende shows that the conversion to an environmentally- and climate-friendly energy system is possible.