NRDC uses scientific, economic, and policy expertise to spearhead sweeping environmental breakthroughs around the world. We leverage opportunities at every level, from local governments to private markets to the international stage. We team up with partners across the globe to revitalize our shared home together.

We work on the ground to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America and advocate for international policy changes. We helped secure a new international climate agreement in Paris, and we’ve designed clean energy policies in China, India, and Latin America. We also work to protect BioGems—special natural places in the Western Hemisphere—that are under imminent threat. These range from the free-flowing rivers of Chile’s Patagonia to Canada’s expansive forests.

NRDC has partnered with India’s most effective organizations to develop a low-carbon economy that will transform cities, safeguard the environment, and enhance livelihoods. Since 2009, our India Initiative has combined scientific research and policy acumen to produce game-changing results. We promote energy-efficient construction, stronger solar and wind markets, increased renewable energy development, and affordable clean energy access. Notably, we teamed with key partners across India to create lifesaving early warning systems for heat waves, including the Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan, the first of its kind in South Asia.

Report

Clean Energy Powers Local Job Growth in India

Our Canada Project focuses on stopping the expansion of the tar sands industry, transitioning North America to a clean energy economy, and protecting Canada’s vast boreal forest and the Canadian Arctic. We bring worldwide attention to the dangers of dirty tar sands oil to prevent its devastating impacts on our climate, health, water, and environment. We work to protect the boreal forest—“the Serengeti of the North”—from threats posed by industrial logging, mining, and tar sands extraction. And we fight risky oil and gas development in the Canadian Arctic.

In Latin America, we work alongside local partners and international experts to protect the region’s natural resources, promote clean energy, and encourage sustainable transportation. In Chile, for example, we have conducted groundbreaking technical and economic studies to make the case for expanding renewable energy generation. In Mexico, we have worked to strengthen standards for fuel quality, vehicle efficiency, and vehicle emissions. Across the region, we have joined local groups and citizens to call for stronger protection of vulnerable species and wildlands.

Globally, we have helped secure new international climate agreements and supported the actions each country needs to take to meet those agreements. We have also helped forge partnerships among cities, businesses, financial institutions, and other crucial parties to speed up climate action. We’re also helping to phase down “super” greenhouse gas emissions, phase out the international public financing of fossil fuels, and put greater financial incentives in place for low-carbon economies in the developing world.

OUR PRIORITIES

  • Advancing climate, clean energy, and transportation solutions that protect the air, water, and health of communities
  • Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions through strong international agreements that set in motion concrete commitments and immediate actions by key nations
  • Securing a global agreement to phase down emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, the “super” greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators
  • Protecting at-risk wild spaces and species from ill-advised and destructive projects and policies
  • Mobilizing a groundswell of climate action from governors, mayors, corporations, financial institutions, and leaders, as well as building frameworks to hold these parties accountable for following through

Portfolio

Blog Post

World leaders have built an agreement that mobilizes action now and spurs even greater action in the years to come.

Issue Brief

As the first developing country to pass a general climate change law, Mexico has made progress on policies. But it needs to transition to renewable energy resources.

Report

In India, deadly heat waves in the city of Ahmedabad have been a wakeup call for intergovernmental agency action, preparedness, and community outreach to save lives.

Issue Brief

India's rapid development calls for the country to lead the shift to energy-efficient strategies, enabling growth and building cleaner, healthier cities for the future.

Blog Post

The Action Agenda allows mayors, governors, CEOs, investors, and even presidents and prime ministers to demonstrate their unprecedented commitments to climate action.

Policy Solution

We are developing innovative finance tools to expand clean energy markets that improve cities, safeguard the environment, and boost jobs.