Accelerating Asia's Clean Energy Transformation
WHO WE ARE
Tara Climate Foundation is a regionally-led philanthropic foundation with a vision of a just and thriving society in Asia powered by renewable energy. Our mission is to support a diverse group of partners to accelerate Asia’s energy transformation. Tara covers East, Southeast and South Asia excluding India and China. This region has more than 1.4 billion people and is home to some of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.
Tara has a team of advisors based in the region with strong local networks who are responsible for identifying, vetting and supporting grantees We work with civil society organisations, businesses, think tanks and donors to craft compelling strategies to rapidly accelerate clean energy. Tara does not accept unsolicited proposals.Tara was initially established as an initiative of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In 2022 Tara became an independent foundation based out of Singapore with the full backing of the ECF and a dozen global philanthropic foundations.
WHAT WE DO
Tara works closely with funders, foundations and philanthropists to align resources and re-grant funds to other organisations working to accelerate Asia’s energy transformation. We work in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia, excluding China and India. Tara does not accept unsolicited applications for funding.
Tara's team of regional experts supports and develops networks to encourage and drive collaboration between partners. Tara is also a hub for thought leadership, leveraging existing knowledge and expertise in Asia to interrogate and spearhead new ideas and collaboration between a wide group of stakeholders to accelerate Asia’s energy transformation.
Tara constantly engages in research and analysis to keep up with the latest news and to enable us to develop evidence-based strategies to achieve Tara’s mission.
WHY OUR WORK MATTERS
Climate change is a global emergency. The impact of human activity on greenhouse gas emissions and land use have compounded environmental harm and created an escalating crisis. The devastation to our planet and to humanity will be immense if we don’t move urgently to limit the damage. A drastic reduction in greenhouse emissions is needed if we are to stand a chance of staying below 1.5°C of warming relative to pre-industrial levels and prevent major climate disasters. The scale of the problem calls for a transformation of our energy systems and markets, and the creation of a zero-carbon society.
Asia is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies: rising incomes coupled with a relatively young population is fueling rapidly growing energy demand. Ensuring a rapid decline in Asia's climate emissions is critical to the future health of our planet and all living systems within it.
It is also a region that showcases massive potential for renewable energy, resulting in new opportunities, jobs, economic development and a thriving Asia.