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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 -- as well as for the German language project on climate science www.klimafakten.de -- until 2026 after an external evaluation confirmed the quality and effectiveness of both projects. Both are incorporated under the roof of the 2050 Media Projekt gGmbH with Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation (ECF) as shareholder. The annual average funding for both projects together for the 2017-2021 period is 1.01 million euros.

Stiftung Mercator

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.


European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a joint initiative of several large, internationally active foundations from Europe and the United States who are fighting against the threat of an overheating earth. Since 2008, as part of the ClimateWorks network, the ECF has been working to promote effective climate action in Europe. As the largest and economically strongest EU country, Germany plays a central role in the ECF's strategy - not least because the energy transition (Energiewende) wants to show that the transformation to an environmentally and climate-friendly energy system is feasible.


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