To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
Climate and Energy
$75.8m annual program spend • To avert disastrous climate change, EDF focuses on the largest and best opportunities to reduce emissions of climate pollutants such as carbon dioxide and methane. In 2018, with climate progress still blocked in Washington, DC, EDF pursued other ways to advance these goals. At the state level, for example, EDF helped stop massive coal bailouts in Ohio, worked closely with the Illinois Power Agency on implementing renewable energy regulations, and helped develop New Jersey policy to meet 50% of electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030. EDF also advised China on what will become the worlds largest carbon market, initially covering 1,700 companies in the power sector. And to reduce human-caused emissions of methane - which are responsible for more than 25% of today's global warming - EDF entered into a partnership with Harvard and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to develop a new satellite to monitor global methane emissions from space.
$28.0m annual program spend • EDF develops ways to meet peoples needs for food, water and other natural resources while improving ecosystems, rather than harming them. EDF worked with agribusiness and food interests including Campbell Soup Company, Land OLakes and Smithfield Foods on fertilizer efficiency plans that will help reduce serious fertilizer pollution of air and water. Together, these and other companies have committed to adopt best practices on more than 20 million acres. In 2018, to further accelerate progress, EDF partnered with the National Corn Growers Association, which represents about 80 percent of Americas corn farmers. EDF also worked with farmers, ranchers and others to improve habitat for endangered wildlife, including through the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange, where farmers and ranchers can earn credits for growing milkweed, which is essential to the monarchs survival. And in Louisiana, EDF is helping coastal areas vulnerable to storms, sea level rise and flooding.
$23.8m annual program spend • To improve the health of the oceans and increase future supplies of seafood, EDF aims to sharply reduce overfishing and achieve a dramatic recovery in fish populations. EDF advocates secure fishing rights to give fishermen a financial stake in conserving fish for the future. To accelerate the adoption of sustainable fishing management, EDF and its partners have developed software, training manuals and case studies and have trained more than 700 fishery leaders from Chile to Spain to the Philippines. In 2018, EDF worked with Chile and Peru to help the countries share information on fish stocks and consider new management arrangements that could make their fisheries more resilient in the face of climate change. In Sweden, EDF worked with fishermen and government officials to design a sustainable fishing system that could be replicated across Europe. And along the West Coast of the United States, EDF and its allies helped safeguard 140,000 square miles of sensitive ocean habitat.