The world adds 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere every year. To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we need to reduce that number to zero. Breakthrough Energy supports the innovations that will help us do it.
Breakthrough Energy’s mission is to lead the world to net-zero by supporting cutting-edge research and development; investing in companies that turn game-changing technologies into scalable and transformative solutions; and advocating for policies that speed innovation from lab to market.
Getting to net-zero will be an enormous challenge. It means transforming virtually every activity in modern life and every sector of the economy: electricity, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and buildings. Yet we’re optimistic that the world can rise to that challenge. By deploying the tools we already have and developing and scaling the ones we don’t, we can avoid a climate catastrophe—and create a world in which everyone everywhere has access to the reliable, affordable, and clean energy they need to thrive.
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. Moving forward, Breakthrough Energy will also focus on the climate-change solutions that Bill Gates outlines in his upcoming book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster." Stay tuned for more in the coming months.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures is a group of investors who have chosen to work together in a new investment fund that is patient, flexible, and committed to the guiding principles of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
To provide reliable and affordable power without contributing to climate change, we need to address emissions in five key areas: electricity, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and buildings. We have mapped out a landscape of innovation that we believe will help humanity meet those challenges.