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Every year, the global energy system produces almost 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions — pushing our planet toward irreversible climate tipping points. 

At Clean Air Task Force (CATF), we’re focusing on the biggest levers to reduce carbon and other climate-warming emissions — technology and policy advocacy.

The time is now to ask hard questions

The planet is in serious danger and global climate policy is missing the mark. Most climate action focuses on three solution pathways: pricing carbon as a commodity, improving energy efficiency, and accelerating wind and solar electricity deployment. While these actions are useful, they address perhaps one-third of the climate change crisis. At CATF we’re asking, “What about the other two-thirds”?

In order to address the whole problem, we need carbon-free electricity — available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and zero-carbon fuels to power a global energy system two times its current size. Such an ambitious goal will take the best science and analysis combined with technology innovation and a policy landscape that accelerates progress at pace and scale.

Our mission is to push the technology and policy changes needed to achieve a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost.

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Working to develop climate solutions that drive results

We need more options on the table in order to address the complexity of the climate challenge. Our global team works at the intersection of technology innovation, analysis, research and policy advocacy.

The next frontier: option-based climate strategy

Did you know that 75% of emissions reductions are expected to come from technologies that are not yet mature? As one of the most effective environmental NGOs, CATF’s team of experts is working to advance the policies and technologies necessary to decarbonize the global energy system by deploying a broad range of pollution reduction technologies.

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Is Clean Air Task Force an effective nonprofit?

CATF has received the highest possible 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, and has been endorsed as a highly effective organization by Founders Pledge. Support our work and donate today.

Clean Air Task Force is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2000, and donations are tax-deductible. Learn more about our impact.

Who is the founder of Clean Air Task Force?

Armond Cohen is President and Founder of Clean Air Task Force, and he’s been key to the organization’s success since it was launched in 1996. A prominent thought leader and pragmatic visionary, Armond continues to lead CATF’s day-to-day research and advocacy.

What is Clean Air Task Force’s track record?

Explore highlights from our 25 year history of impact. Over the past few decades, CATF has carved out a unique role in the environmental and climate movement as a pragmatic, science-driven, solutions-focused, and strategic organization that drives change and gets results.

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What is CATF’s approach?

As an analysis- and results-driven organization, we are laser-focused on one thing: getting carbon out of the atmosphere. This is an enormous challenge that requires innovation and change at every level. CATF’s operating approach is centered on change in four key areas:

  • Change the narrative to communicate the size of the problem and totality of solution requirements
  • Change technology to make available the full suite of carbon-free options like advanced renewables, zero-carbon fuels, carbon capture, advanced nuclear, and superhot rock energy at an affordable cost
  • Change business models to include modular, manufacturable energy solutions that can be deployed anywhere quickly
  • Change policy to develop, demonstrate, and scale-up the technologies and systems needed to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century

What does CATF do?

CATF works 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 through research and analysis, public advocacy, leadership and technology innovation.

We can only meet the climate challenge if we transition to an abundant zero-carbon energy system and decarbonize sectors like electricity, transport, and industry.

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