Transportation

Transforming movement of people and goods
Functioning transportation systems are fundamental to modern, prosperous societies. They provide a means to get to work, connect us to friends and family, enable movement of goods, and catalyze economic activity.
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Transportation today comes with large societal costs as it contributes to a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, thousands of accidents, hours of congestion, and air pollution that affects the lives and well-being of millions. However, with the right set of enabling conditions supported by philanthropy, new cleaner transportation technologies and practices can contribute to a significantly healthier climate, cleaner air, and greater prosperity for all.

Our Transportation Program

The Transportation Program advances a sustainable, affordable, and low-carbon mobility system for people and goods movement. We broaden support for the transition to cleaner and more efficient vehicle and fuel technologies, and for increasing efficient transportation choices, including transit, walking, biking, and shared mobility. We work with NGOs, academia, business, policymakers, consumers, and other stakeholders to advance sound policy, innovation, and investment.

Road Transportation

For the first time in more than a century, there is potential for transformative change in how we move people and goods. Recent advances have positioned electric vehicles (EVs) – including two- and three-wheelers, cars, trucks, and buses – for commercial success, and enabled new mobility business models that increase accessibility and affordability of sustainable travel.  ClimateWorks is working in a coordinated way within and across the largest and fastest-growing markets to overcome barriers to enable a growing global market for clean, affordable, and zero-emission road transportation. We do this by advancing public policies at the national and sub-national levels, empowering city leadership, engaging business stakeholders, and targeting barriers to commercial success. This will enable a transport system consistent with a safe climate, reduce congestion, improve the health of millions, and save trillions of dollars.

Aviation

ClimateWorks leads the only philanthropic strategy and grantmaking portfolio to address the climate impacts of aviation globally. The aviation sector alone contributes around 5 percent of global greenhouse gases (both CO2 and non-CO2) and demand for air travel is expected to triple by 2050. ClimateWorks and its partners support strategies focused on driving deep decarbonization of the sector including advancing policy support for truly sustainable alternative fuels and other low-carbon aviation technologies while also working to build public awareness of aviation’s climate impacts.

Shipping

The shipping industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and global climate change, and associated air pollution kills tens of thousands of people annually. In order for the sector to do its part to help achieve the Paris Agreement goals, emissions from the international shipping industry need to peak as soon as possible and reach zero by 2050. To accomplish this, the industry, with the support of its customers and regulators from the local level to the International Maritime Organization, need to take action ranging from simply slowing ships down, which cuts pollution right away, to developing the market and supply chain for renewable electrofuels in the most efficient ships. To tackle the challenge of cutting ship pollution, ClimateWorks convenes and supports the Climate Emergency Shipping Coalition (CESC). The CESC includes organizations that constitute the main group of NGOs working on the issue globally and is organized in three main focus areas: Technology, Policy and Politics, and Industry.

Transportation Research and Intelligence Network

The Transportation Research and Intelligence Network (TRAIN) is a platform providing information and intelligence to partners on oil and clean mobility markets, advanced transportation technologies, policies, and strategies. TRAIN produces semi-regular intelligence briefings, conducts polling, and hosts strategic discussions with partners and invited experts.

Program Team

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

Program Director, Governance & Diplomacy and Super Pollutants

Anthony Eggert

Anthony Eggert

Program Director, Transportation

Lina Fedirko

Lina Fedirko

Senior Associate, Transportation

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki

Associate Director, Transportation

Stephanie Westbrook

Stephanie Westbrook

Programs Coordinator

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