We Need to Tackle Five Grand Challenges

We need to go from 51 Billion tons of emissions per year to Zero

Breakthrough Energy’s aim is to inspire the world to develop and scale the critical solutions we need to reach net-zero emissions—so everyone can enjoy affordable, abundant clean energy.

The World Needs Breakthroughs

The only way to avoid the worst impacts of climate change is to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions from 51 billion tons a year, where they are now, to net-zero—and we need to do it by 2050. That means we need unprecedented technological transformations in almost every sector of modern life.

At Breakthrough Energy, we’re accelerating this transformation by supporting cutting-edge research and development, investing in companies that turn green ideas into clean products, and advocating for policies that speed innovation from lab to market. Through investment vehicles, philanthropic programs, policy and advocacy efforts, and other initiatives, Breakthrough Energy works with a global network of partners to accelerate the technologies we need to build a carbon-free economy.

We’re accelerating climate progress across:

  • Technology. We fund work on the actual climate technologies our world will need to meaningfully reduce emissions.
  • Markets. We bring together the public and private sectors to accelerate market formation, spur further innovation, and reduce Green Premiums.
  • Policy. We advocate for public policies that will give new technologies a chance in the marketplace, incentivize investment in carbon-reduction technologies, and drive down clean technology costs.

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