Founders & Financing
In September 2010, Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation (ECF) joined forces and created the Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP). For the first three years, Stiftung Mercator and ECF will invest approximately 5 million Euros in SEFEP's activities.
Mercator is one of Germany’s largest foundations. It initiates and funds projects
that promote better educational opportunities in schools and universities. In
the spirit of Gerhard Mercator, it supports initiatives that embody the idea of
open-mindedness and tolerance through intercultural encounters, encouraging the
sharing of knowledge and culture. The foundation provides a platform for new
ideas to enable people – regardless of their national, cultural or social background
– to develop their personality, become involved in society and make the most of
the opportunities available to them. In this way it wants ideas to flourish and turn reality. Stiftung Mercator takes an entrepreneurial, international
and professional approach to its work. It has a particular affinity with the
Ruhr area, the home of its founding family.
European Climate Foundation
European Climate Foundation aims to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and help Europe play an even stronger international leadership role in mitigating climate change.
Key elements of a sustainable energy future include: (1) a substantial increase in energy efficiency, (2) a successful transition from conventional to renewable energy; (3) maintenance of the earth’s ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide; and, (4) equitable distribution of energy services to different members of the population, both internationally and within nations. We can take significant steps toward that future today.
Europe is a critical arena in the fight against climate change for two reasons. Firstly, it is one of the largest sources of global warming pollution, second only to the U.S. and China. Secondly, Europe has shown leadership in tackling climate change, both internally and internationally, and much of the world is following Europe’s lead.
European governments appear to be committing to sizeable emissions reductions, leading global regulation and promising political commitment. Despite these commitments, the steps being taken by most European countries are insufficient.