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Because we envision a world where our children will grow up in a clean, safe climate, we support innovative solutions to climate change. Our strategy aims to protect clean air, build healthy and resilient communities, and create jobs in the clean energy sector around the world.


In December 2015, world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Their pledge is to keep global average temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius. It is an ambitious target and we will play a role alongside civil society groups, businesses and policy makers in finding ways to meet it.


Our grants between 2016 and 2020 are helping to guide economic, social and environmental development policies towards clean energy and an equitable future. To this end, we support organisations in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and the United States.



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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

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1. Clean and efficient energy systems

We believe that clean and efficient energy systems will reduce pollution, improve health and lift millions out of poverty.


To this end, we support organisations which: (1) partner with governments in their work to build a clean and safe energy future; (2) advocate for improved policies, financial support of clean energy projects and innovations that increase energy efficiency; (3) help integrate clean energy solutions into poverty-reduction programmes; and (4) support grassroots community-led campaigns.


2. Sustainable cities

We believe in building cleaner, safer and healthier cities. Sustainable cities have people at the centre of their urban planning. They promote the use of low-carbon public transport to reduce car use and slash pollution.


To this end, we support organisations which: (1) support plans to develop replicable, energy-efficient, mobility systems in cities; (2) promote cleaner transport methods; (3) encourage more financing and regulations to improve public transport systems that are safe for women, children and the elderly to use; and (4) collect and monitor data that measure improvements or assess deficits in air quality.


3. Vehicle efficiency and electrification

We believe in creating a cleaner, low-carbon world. This can be achieved through laws that regulate vehicle efficiency and encourage the use of electric vehicles, as well as the implementation of driverless cars.


To this end, we support organisations which: advocate for better emissions and fuel standards; encourage greater use of electric vehicles and electric public and private transport systems; and (3) create infrastructure for electric vehicles and better battery storage.


4. An enabling environment

We believe that creating jobs and economic benefits that encourage cleaner, smarter ways of powering homes and economies will improve our future.


To this end, we support organisations which: (1) support businesses in moving away from fossil fuels towards greater investment in renewable energy; (2) support ambitious policies that protect, respect and regenerate the climate in high-priority regions; (3) work with governments to achieve climate change targets; (4) advocate for monitoring, governance and processes that improve tracking of commitments to reduce emissions; and (5) support movements to build political mandates for action.