About Fred Krupp

Fred Krupp



Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp has guided EDF for three decades, overseeing its growth from a small nonprofit with a budget of $3 million to one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations, with an annual budget of more than $300 million and 1,000 employees. EDF works across the globe, including in the United States, China, India and Europe.

Krupp has pioneered innovative approaches to harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect our environment, including groundbreaking policies that dramatically reduced acid rain.

In 2023, Krupp worked through the global climate talks, COP28, to help secure commitments from 50 oil and gas companies, representing 40% of global oil sales, to reduce their methane pollution by 90% by 2030. As a leading voice on climate change, energy and corporate sustainability, Krupp appeared on the TED stage in 2018 to announce plans to launch MethaneSAT, a satellite that will measure and map planet-warming methane emissions from the oil and gas industry worldwide. Now orbiting the Earth, this satellite will help usher in a new era of climate action — and accountability for corporate and national commitments. He was also a key advocate for the overhaul of America’s chemical safety laws in 2016 and the passage of historic climate investments in 2022.

Krupp has led EDF’s groundbreaking corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s and others. He helped GM develop its plan to sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Most recently, Walmart announced it achieved the goal it set in partnership with EDF to cut a billion metric tons of climate pollution, equivalent to Japan’s annual climate emissions.

Krupp also has been a special adviser to top government leaders and served on three presidential commissions. In 2010, he advised the U.S. Navy on coastal restoration following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and on the introduction of new clean energy technologies. In 2011, the Secretary of Energy appointed Krupp to the seven-member panel charged with recommending measures to reduce the environmental impact and improve the safety of shale gas production.


Krupp was educated at Yale, where he was recently elected to the board of trustees, and at the University of Michigan Law School. He appears frequently in the media and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report. He is a recipient of the 2015 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University.