GLASGOW — Today at COP26, Clean Air Task Force joined a group of 40 signatories including Google and the government of Iceland in launching the 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact. CATF is the first environmental NGO to join the compact, which will work together to develop and scale carbon-free technologies, advocate for critical climate policies and improve procurement practices to transform the global energy system and enable rapid and cost-effective carbon-free energy — every hour, every day, everywhere.
“We’re proud to be an early supporter of the 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact,” said CATF Executive Director Armond Cohen. “Decarbonized power grids are key to achieving our climate goals, and we need round-the-clock zero-carbon energy to decarbonize them. This compact will focus the private sector on the right goal: squeezing all the carbon out of the system, and commercializing the full range of technologies necessary to do that.”
The 24/7 Carbon Free Energy Compact is coordinated by Sustainable Energy for All and the United Nations, with signatories that include major corporations, cities, and countries. Electricity purchasers joining the compact can help advance 24/7 carbon free energy by moving beyond 100% renewable energy commitments — which rely on renewable energy credits as offsets — and instead match their hourly electricity demand on local electricity grids where their consumption occurs.
In March, Clean Air Task Force joined with companies and environmental NGOs to urge the Biden administration to commit the federal government to procuring 24/7 carbon-free energy
“To complete the job of decarbonization, we will need to incentivize the next generation of carbon-free, firm, always-on technologies to complement our promising base of variable renewable energy. That includes both policy change and higher-impact procurement practices that puts corporate and governmental buying power to work in the service of a carbon-free future. The 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact is the beginning of a movement, and we hope many more will join us.”
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About Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. We work towards these objectives through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. With nearly 25 years of nationally and internationally recognized expertise on clean air policy and regulations and a fierce commitment to fully exploring all potential solutions. CATF is headquartered in Boston, with staff working virtually around the U.S. and abroad.