Recognizing that environmental challenges know no borders, NRDC has worked internationally for decades in select countries as well as global forums. We use scientific, economic, and policy expertise to spearhead crucial environmental breakthroughs around the world. NRDC leverages opportunities at every level, from local governments to private markets to the international stage. We team up with partners across the globe to protect and improve our shared home together.

NRDC works 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 worked effectively to promote clean energy policies in China, India, and Latin America. NRDC has led the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline and other projects that would expand tar sands production. We work to protect critical ecosystems and wildlife that are under imminent threat, ranging from the free-flowing rivers of Chile’s Patagonia to Canada’s expansive forests to China’s new Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park. To promote healthy people and thriving communities throughout the world, we work to reduce global toxic emissions and air pollution.


NRDC aims to reduce the carbon and ecological footprint of the world’s most populous country and pursue sustainable development there. Our team collaborates with a wide range of local partners to recommend advanced policies and regulations, innovative strategies and tools, and international and local best practices to cut carbon emissions, curb pollution, and accelerate China’s transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. We promote energy efficiency and help to scale up renewable energy and connect electric vehicles to a decarbonized power grid. NRDC advocates for ambitious coal and oil consumption caps and reductions. We encourage smart urban development and transportation practices that reduce emissions and other impacts on the environment. NRDC also works to expand green and climate financing, introduce advanced pollution control regulations and tools, and stimulate the private sector to green its supply chains. To promote ecological conservation, we promote innovative policies that protect wildlife and marine fisheries.


NRDC works to accelerate robust and low-carbon economic growth for India’s entire population, driven by an expansion of clean energy that provides affordable access to energy, alleviates poverty, advances public health, reduces pollution, and strengthens community resilience to climate change. For more than a decade, NRDC and our local partners have worked as trusted knowledge partners to the Indian government and civil society leaders to deliver transformative solutions in clean energy and climate resilience. Leveraging our deep technical, scientific, and policy expertise, NRDC and partners work to produce game-changing results that improve cities, safeguard the environment, and enhance livelihoods. Our program focuses on three closely linked areas: advancing renewable energy access, finance, and jobs; promoting energy-efficient buildings, electric vehicles, cool roofs, and climate-friendly cooling; and protecting communities from harmful air pollution and extreme heat. Notably, we teamed with key partners across India to create lifesaving early warning systems for heat waves that have scaled to more than 30 cities and 11 states.


Our Canada Project focuses on protecting the country’s vast boreal forest, stopping the expansion of the tar sands industry, and transitioning North America to a clean energy economy. We work with indigenous peoples and partners to protect the boreal—“the Amazon of the North”—from threats posed by industrial logging, mining, and tar sands extraction. NRDC brings global attention to the dangers of dirty tar sands oil to prevent its devastating impacts on our climate, health, water, and environment. Our team has worked with a multinational coalition to stop Keystone XL, Energy East, TransMountain, Northern Gateway, and other tar sands expansion projects proposed throughout North America.

Latin America

In Latin America, we work alongside local and international partners and experts to help countries build a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that safeguards the region’s critical natural resources and ecosystems. Our work to promote robust clean energy and sustainable transportation solutions in Chile, Mexico, and beyond is based on extensive policy expertise and rigorous information and data. To help attract private investment in the low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions the region needs, we also work to promote innovative green finance tools. Across the region, we have frequently joined forces with local groups and citizens to defend some of the planet’s most spectacular wild spaces, such as marine and coastal habitat along Mexico's Baja California peninsula, free-flowing rivers in Chile’s Patagonia and Peru’s Amazon forest, as well as the communities that rely on them.

Global Collaboration

NRDC has helped secure new international climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and supported the actions each country needs to take to meet those pledges. To speed up climate action, we have helped forge partnerships among cities, businesses, financial institutions, and other crucial parties. We’re helping to phase down “super” greenhouse gas emissions—hydrofluorocarbons—under the Montreal Protocol, phase out international public financing for coal, and develop green finance tools that can help unlock greater private investment in low-carbon solutions across the developing world. For more than a decade, NRDC has been leading domestic and international efforts to reduce global exposure to mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin, including the recent adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. We are also working to protect the oceans, halt wildlife trafficking, and protect critical ecosystems through global agreements and efforts in key countries.


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Good news from Katowice, Poland: The community of nations today agreed to key elements of a rulebook to guide their individual efforts to combat dangerous climate change over the next decade.

NRDC in Action

JingJing Qian, director of NRDC’s China program, is bearing witness to some truly remarkable changes taking place in her home country. She’s also helping to make those changes happen.

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Will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau live up to his early promise as an international environmental leader? Or will he and his government revert to business as usual?

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With a population of approximately 1.3 billion people and annual economic growth averaging 6 to 7 percent, India is now the world’s third-largest consumer of energy and emitter of greenhouse gasses (GHGs). Yet, India is committed to prioritizing clean energy to fuel its fast-growing economy.

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Our new study reveals that government support for coal, oil and gas in the G7 countries totals over $100 billion a year, wasteing taxpayer money and running counter to the pledges of the G7 nations to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

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If you could go back in time and be a part of a historical event—not be an observer, but a real part—where would you go? If you're a conservationist, the answer may be to stay put.

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India and the world continue to make steady progress toward phasing down the use of harmful climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioners.


How NRDC joined a small town’s fight to protect Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park from big resorts and other destructive development.

Policy Primer

The answer lies not just in the carbon-capturing trees but also in the undisturbed boreal soils.

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India has made tremendous progress shifting away from coal and toward renewables, fueled by ambitious goal-setting and supportive government policies.

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What is it like to study one of North America’s most elusive mammals? Meet wildlife ecologist Tyler Rudolph, whose boreal caribou research may help the threatened animal survive.

NRDC in Action

For decades, NRDC has worked alongside Chileans who are fighting to save Patagonia’s wildest rivers from being yoked by massive hydroelectric dams.

NRDC in Action

Senior attorney and India program director Anjali Jaiswal leads a small team that’s accomplishing big things in one of the world’s most polluted countries.

NRDC in Action

The overseas textile mills that make our clothes are incredibly wasteful and polluting. NRDC's Clean by Design program is changing that.