Supporting climate-change research
Climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced. That is why the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting climate-change research since 2010, through its Climate Initiative programme. With a EUR 3 million budget over a period of three years, this global sponsorship programme consists of a call for projects organised every three years and a rigorous selection process by recognised experts in their respective fields.
The Climate Initiative programme in figures
“ CLIMATE CHANGE IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES HUMANITY HAS EVER FACED. ”
Geologist, Doctor in Geophysics, lecturer, researcher and vice-chairperson of the Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne
Why a Climate Initiative programme?
Improving our knowledge of the climate system and how it is disturbed, in addition to assessing its impact on our environment, will enable decision-makers, producers and each one of us to adjust our behaviour. To take on this challenge, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports international research teams that are studying past climate trends in Europe and Africa, ocean acidification, permafrost thaw, etc.
Climate Initiative will also make citizens aware of the challenges of climate change, through talks, exhibitions and other events organised by the BNP Paribas Foundation. In this way, it is helping to mobilise an increasingly responsible citizen community that is ready to act.
SCIENTISTS MUST HELP CITIZENS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.
Philippe Gillet, Chairperson of the Climate Initiative programme’s Scientific Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the BNP Paribas Foundation, says: “These research projects are not just an intellectual exercise, they are about being responsible. The chosen projects must match citizens’ expectations. They should also lead the way to political decisions and solutions.”
BNP Paribas’s environmental commitment
BNP Paribas believes that the attenuation of climate change is a priority. Its commitment therefore goes beyond the Climate Initiative programme, with three focal points.
- Supporting our clients in the transition towards a low-carbon economy
- Reducing the environmental footprint of our own business
- Building knowledge and sharing environmental best practices