Agora Verkehrswende was founded in February 2016. Its shareholders are Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation. The project has been financed by the shareholders with five million euros until the end of 2018. The project will enter a second funding phase given the first phase is successful.
Preventing dangerous climate change is one of Stiftung Mercator’s central objectives. Ambitious climate change mitigation is only possible if greenhouse gas emissions can also be effectively reduced in the area of transport – and this requires a dramatic cut in oil consumption in the transport sector. The goal of Agora Verkehrswende is to work together with key stakeholders in the areas of politics, business, academia and civil society in drawing up the necessary basic framework for a comprehensive climate change mitigation strategy for the transport sector in Germany, ultimately including its complete decarbonization.
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 to combat global warming by several large, international foundations from Europe and the USA. Part of the ClimateWorks network, it has been working to promote effective climate protection in Europe since 2008. As the largest, most prosperous country in the EU, Germany plays a key role in the strategy of the European Climate Foundation – not least because the clean energy revolution (Energiewende) has shown that the transition to an environmentally friendly energy system is feasible.