Climate change is the defining issue of our day. It is an urgent global crisis that affects every problem philanthropy seeks to solve, whether it’s improving health, alleviating poverty, reducing famine, promoting peace, or advancing social justice. To safeguard human health and the environment, the Hewlett Foundation supports work to ensure that energy sources are clean and efficient, and that global average temperature rise does not exceed 2° Celsius.
Our grantmaking focuses on six sectors where large emission reductions are possible: clean power, oil, efficiency, forests, non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and cross-cutting efforts. We concentrate on regions that are or will be the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions: developed countries with high energy demand, and developing countries with fast-growing energy demand or high deforestation rates.