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Creating the blueprint for climate solutions

Every year, the global energy system produces almost 40 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions — pushing our planet toward irreversible climate tipping points. At Clean Air Task Force, we’re focusing on the biggest levers to reduce carbon and other climate-warming emissions — technology and policy advocacy.

Learn more about the latest updates from CATF’s carbon capture team and stay informed.

Now’s the time 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 challenge. 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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The next frontier: technology innovation and climate optionality

Did you know that 75% of emissions reductions are expected to come from technologies that are not yet mature? Recognized as one of the most effective environmental non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, CATF’s team of experts advance the policies and technologies necessary to decarbonize the global energy system.

We must develop and deploy a full suite of technologies and solutions at once. We call this optionality.

Our Work Areas

Examining all options with an open mind

Advanced Nuclear Energy: Create a global research and development, commercial, regulatory, and social ecosystem in which we can tap into the many carbon-free benefits of nuclear technology.
Bioenergy and Land Use: Redirect the production and use of bioenergy so that it contributes to, rather than undermines, decarbonization and climate stability.
Carbon Capture: Accelerate the adoption of carbon capture technologies to prevent CO₂ emissions from power generation and industrial sources.
Energy Access: Reorient energy strategies to better support the rapid expansion of modern, cost-effective power in Africa and beyond.
Power Plants: Ensure the adoption of U.S. emission standards on U.S. fossil power plants to zero-out power sector carbon emissions by 2050.
Methane Pollution Prevention: Accelerate deep, global reductions in methane emissions to help avoid the risk of irreversible changes to our climate.
Superhot Rock Energy: Support the development and demonstration of superhot rock energy and why this visionary solution deserves investment, and an active role in the decarbonization debate.
Zero-Carbon Fuels: Advance zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, which have the potential to decarbonize hard-to-electrify sectors and could unlock opportunities across the energy system.

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Is Clean Air Task Force an effective NGO?

CATF is widely recognized as a highly effective climate action NGO, with the following endorsements:

  • Endorsed as a highly effective organization by Founders Pledge
  • Named the #1 organization fighting climate change three years in a row by Vox
  • The highest possible 4-star rating from Charity Navigator
  • 2022 Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar
  • Recommended as a top climate action organization by Giving Green

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

Why was Clean Air Task Force created?

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.

Explore highlights from our 25 year history of impact. Over the years, 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. Explore the timeline.

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 transition to a zero-carbon energy system if we focus on some of the hardest to decarbonize sectors – electricity, transport, and industry; and we can only do that with the appropriate infrastructure.

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