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Generating Prospects, Creating Opportunities

Stiftung Mercator is an independent private foundation. We want to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools.

Where we achieve impact

We focus on selected regions in our work. We feel a particular obligation to Essen and the Ruhr region, as this is where Stiftung Mercator is at home. Our projects achieve impact on many levels throughout Germany, and many discussions take place in Berlin, which is an important site of political communication. In addition, our activities in Europe, Turkey and China are of key importance in our view if international challenges are to be successfully overcome.


A press release der Agora Verkehrswende

New foundation initiative is tackling climate protection in the transport sector

Agora Verkehrswende will deliver discourses, scenarios and strategies for decarbonising the German transport sector by 2050. The initiative was officially launched on 1 [...]

A press release

Achim Steiner appointed new Chairman of the Council of Agora Verkehrswende

Achim Steiner, the outgoing United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, will become Chairman of the [...]

A press release

Stiftung Mercator and European Climate Foundation extend funding of Agora Energiewende and Clean ...

Evaluations have shown that both initiatives have established themselves as highly regarded sources of information about the energy transition in Germany

A press release

Green Climate Fund as leverage for carbon price talks

MCC: Incentives for countries to strengthen Paris Agreement through coordination of carbon prices

A press release

Climate protection through a bonus on Christmas

Proposal for fair distribution of revenues from carbon pricing through annual lump-sum payments to all

A press release

Negative emissions no silver bullet for climate change mitigation

Paper in Nature Climate Change: There is no fall-back option to reducing CO2 now

A press release

National climate ambition could be higher if actions of non-state actors were considered

Activities by cities, regions, business and sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are numerous and help to fulfil national emission reductions targets.

A press release

COP21 should focus more on urban transport and electric cars

Study in Science: Additional mitigation potential through infrastructure policy and falling battery prices

For journalists

Looking for general or specific information about Stiftung Mercator? No problem! We have prepared a selection of press folders for you which offer a good insight into our focal topics and issues.

Our invitation to you

Public event by Clean Energy Wire (CLEW)

The Energiewende: Making it happen on the autobahn (in English)

Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover
Public event of Global Economic Symposium (GES)

Global Economic Symposium

Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

What we support

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