“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid,

far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”

– Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, 2018.

Sustainable Finance

Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Cutting off the supply: In order to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, and avert dangerous climate change and environmental degradation, 4/5 of the known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Yet, the existing financial system is driving and supporting the production and consumption of fossil fuels to unsustainable levels.

Sustainable Finance supports interventions that aim to shift financial incentives and flows (such as investments, subsidies, taxes, regulation, etc.) away from fossil fuel production and consumption and onto a pathway compatible with the Paris Agreement.

Sustainable Behaviour

Mainstreaming low-impact living

Changing the demand: Household consumption accounts for 72% of global greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions, which makes the transition to sustainable lifestyles an essential part of tackling climate change, especially in high income countries. There is an enormous and largely untapped potential for rapidly reducing demand for energy and resources.
Compliance with the Paris Agreement implies reducing consumption-based emissions to a per capita lifestyle footprint of approx. 2.5 tonnes of ghg emissions by 2030, and 0.7 tonnes per person by 2050. This has profound implications for the need to transform our way of living and organising our societies.
Sustainable Behaviour supports interventions that aim to create acceptance for ambitious policies for consumption-based emissions reductions and projects that work to change social norms on a large scale.

Other Interventions

Communications

Climate change communication is pivotal to create public support for impactful policies, bring about large scale behavioral change and galvanize new movements. KR Foundation supports the clear and concise communication of climate science, with a special focus on new media and digital.

New Economy

The current economic system is not equipped to meet today’s challenges of climate change and the degradation of biodiversity and ecosystems. As part of the donor collaborative, Partners for a New Economy, KR Foundation supports projects that bring new thinking and approaches to traditional economics.