Established in 2015 by Bill Gates and a coalition of private investors concerned about the impacts of accelerating climate change, Breakthrough Energy supports the innovations that will lead the world to net-zero emissions. Breakthrough Energy is a network of entities and initiatives, including investment funds, nonprofit and philanthropic programs, and policy efforts linked by a common commitment to scale the technologies we need to achieve a path to net zero emissions by 2050. We’re building on the proven model of public-private partnerships that Gates has already used to transform health, education, and public welfare around the world. Breakthrough Energy is encouraging the development of new net-zero energy technologies, championing policies that speed innovation from lab to market, and bringing together governments, research institutions, private companies, and investors to expand and enhance clean-energy investment.
- Bill Gates
Backed by many of the world’s top business leaders, Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) invests in companies that leverage innovative technologies to help address climate change. BEV has more than $1 billion in committed capital to support bold entrepreneurs building companies that can significantly reduce emissions from agriculture, buildings, electricity, manufacturing, and transportation.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe, a €100 million pilot fund and partnership with the European Commission to help decarbonize the European economy.
BE Ventures Europe
Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada, a $30 million effort with the Canadian government to accelerate clean-energy technology similarly there.
BE Solutions Canada
The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of private-sector leaders, institutional investors, and entrepreneurs supporting the development and scale-up of these net-zero innovations.
When it comes to the energy we use to power our lives, humans have been innovating for thousands of years. From wood to coal to oil, our technology has become more and more efficient. Unfortunately, these energy transitions can take centuries, and we don’t have hundreds of years to wait. Climate change is already harming hundreds of millions of people. The world must speed up the cycle of innovation to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
At Breakthrough Energy, we are committed to supporting new technologies that change the way we live, eat, work, travel, and make things so we can avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change. We believe that funding cutting-edge research; investing in new clean technologies as they evolve from idea to market; crafting smart, tailored, and scalable energy policies; and forging deep partnerships among policymakers, innovators, and markets will lead to positive solutions that will bring clean energy to all.