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How The ECIU Is Funded

August 14, 2015

By Paul Homewood


As promised, a look at where Richard Black’s ECIU gets its funding from.


European Climate Foundation

This is the shadowy outfit that David Rose exposed in the Mail last year in his report on the Green Blob. The ECF was set up to channel millions of pounds, much from progressive foundations in America, to British and European green lobby outfits, as Rose explained:

At the heart of the Blob is a single institution – the European Climate Foundation (ECF) – which has offices in London, Brussels, The Hague, Berlin and Warsaw.

Every year it receives about £20 million from ‘philanthropic’ foundations in America, Holland and Switzerland, and channels most of it to green campaign and lobby groups.

It refuses to disclose how much it gives to each recipient, and does not publish its accounts. But it admits that the purpose of these grants is to influence British and EU climate and energy policy across a broad front.

The most significant source for the ECF’s millions is a body called Climate Works – a private foundation which channels colossal sums to climate campaigners worldwide.

The Climate Works manifesto was set out in 2007 in a document entitled ‘Design to Win: Philanthropy’s Role in the Fight Against Global Warming’. It said that to be effective, a campaign to change government policies on energy and emissions would need at least $600 million from donors.

It was driven by the belief that without radical action, ‘we could lose the fight against global warming over the next ten years’.

It advocated the giving of generous grants to local campaigners in countries such as Britain who had detailed knowledge of the way their political systems operated.

As well as better energy efficiency, carbon taxes and emissions caps, they must ‘promote renewables and low emission alternatives’. Utility companies must be given ‘financial incentives’ – in other words, enormous subsidies from tax and bill payers – to make this happen.

Climate Works soon achieved its ambitious fundraising target, with a grant in 2008 of $500 million from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which spends the fortune amassed by the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard computer firm. This was followed by further grants of up to $100 million, and donations of $60 million from the sister Packard foundation. In July, a report by a US Senate committee named the Hewlett foundation as a key element in a ‘billionaires’ club’ which effectively controlled the environmental movement, pumping more than half a billion dollars a year into green groups around the world.

It claimed these ‘wealthy liberals fully exploit the benefits of a generous tax code meant to promote genuine philanthropy and charitable acts’, but instead were transferring money to ‘activists’ to ‘promote shared political goals’.

One of the US-based Climate Works’s first acts was to set up and fund ECF as its European regional office. All ECF’s main funders are represented on ECF’s board, including Charlotte Pera, who is also Climate Works’s CEO. Susan Bell, ECF’s vice-chairman, was formerly the Hewlett foundation’s vice-president.

It is hard to assess the ECF’s full impact for a simple reason – although it publishes the names of some of the organisations it funds, it does not state how much it gives, nor exactly how this money is used.

The ECF’s Tom Brookes said: ‘The projects we fund all fall within the overall mission of the Foundation to support the development of a prosperous low-carbon economy in Europe.’

He would not explain why no amounts were stated, saying only that ECF’s annual report ‘describes the objectives of each ECF programme area and its significant grantees.

‘We are confident that this is a sufficient level of detail to provide insight into the work of the Foundation… Our policy on the information we publish reflects our responsibilities to our grantees and donors.’

Nevertheless, it is clear from the information that is available that the list of ECF funding recipients is a Who’s Who of the green movement, including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the WWF, Client Earth, Carbon Brief, the Green Alliance, and E3G, the elite lobby group that persuaded the Government to set up the £3 billion Green Investment Bank.

The ECF’s core funders also include the McCall MacBain Foundation and the Oak Foundation. This concentration of funding from private foundations is reflected in the ECF’s Board members, who include John McCall MacBain, Kathleen Cravero-Kristofferson of the Oak Foundation, Charlotte Pera from Climate Works, Tom Steinbach of the William and Flora Hewitt Foundation and Susan Bell.

Grantham Foundation 

As with many of these outfits, the Grantham Foundation makes no declarations of how much money it gives, and to whom.

Tellus Mater

Their website is currently down undergoing maintenance, but it is another privately run charity, set up by a guy called James Arbib, who holds directorships at several property companies.

The Climate Change Collaboration

The Climate Change Collaboration is a group of four Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts: Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust, Mark Leonard Trust and Tedworth Trust.

As the ECIU website states, the bulk of the funding last year came from the ECF and Grantham Foundation.

What is striking is just how much money, and therefore power and influence, is wielded by such a small group of people. This cannot be healthy in a democracy.

And, of course, as David Rose has pointed out, the money spent by Richard Black’s outfit is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the millions sprayed around by wealthy liberals to the rest of the Green Blob.

  1. 1saveenergy permalink
    August 14, 2015 9:34 am

    As the saying goes….’Follow the money ‘

  2. Mark Hodgson permalink
    August 14, 2015 11:41 am

    I’ve played this game before, of trying to follow to the sources the funding of various “green” organisations. It’s a bit like following blind trusts back to their ultimate source, and you usually end up giving up, as it get’s to be too difficult.

    We have to be careful not to accuse anyone of anything improper, as there is no evidence of impropriety, but it’s weird trying to follow the money round and round, as one “green” organisation funds another, and it’s quite worrying how much money and power is held by these unelected and unaccountable organisations, who lobby relentlessly to influence Government (and EU) policy.

  3. Anteros permalink
    August 14, 2015 1:57 pm

    Typo – ‘Roger’ Black is the retired 400m runner. Richard is the lousy green journalist.

  4. BLACK PEARL permalink
    August 14, 2015 6:33 pm

    My God you could do another Bond movie using stuff… Mr.White .. Mr Black ……. !

  5. bit chilly permalink
    August 14, 2015 7:51 pm

    the magic tax avoiding (allegedly) trustafarian roundabout strikes again . cut them some slack guys, they are saving the world after all 😉

  6. August 16, 2015 12:40 pm

    Yes IDBI I thought the same …that’s the 17 March 2015 capture, but did you see that the the May 30th capture shows that the site has been down for maintenance for 2.5 months now ?
    .. and that their latest info is about a 2013 competition.
    – I note that the only page Google lists for their site is about “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System”

    Click to access Leverage_Points_%20Places_to_Intervene_in_a_System.pdf

    Arbib is described as “A London-based multi-millionaire – whose father is one of the country’s wealthiest financiers – is bankrolling Caroline Lucas in her campaign to secure a second term as Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Brighton & Hove Independent can reveal.”
    “..– even though he has previously supported Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP with a record of supporting environmental causes. And despite the fact that his father, Sir Martyn Arbib, has given nearly £500,000 to the Conservative Party.”
    …” is a substantial investor in resource-efficient technologies.”
    * Wow astounding not.. a huge vested interest

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