ABOUT US 

POWERED 100% BY PHILANTHROPY, WE ARE A CLIMATE SOLUTION ACCELERATOR FOR NEGLECTED AREAS OF THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE, PARTICULARLY THE DIFFICULT-TO-DECARBONIZE SECTORS OF COAL, INDUSTRIAL HEAT, AND HEAVY TRANSPORT.

Mission: TerraPraxis innovates, designs, and accelerates scalable, equitable solutions for neglected areas of the decarbonization challenge.  

Vision: We envision global access to affordable, reliable, emission-free energy that increases human prosperity and avoids catastrophic risks to people and our planet.

TerraPraxis was featured in Vox as one of the most effective organizations fighting climate change. To learn more about what we do, check out our Annual Review »

THE CHALLENGE

The world has until 2050 to replace fossil fuels and double our overall energy supply. 

Global carbon emissions continue to rise each year, driven by demand for fossil fuels, despite decades of public and political support for action on climate and large-scale deployment of renewable energy. At the same time, almost one billion people lack access to modern electricity to power their lives, which hurts the health and economic mobility of women and children most.

Fossil fuels will continue to make up the vast majority of world energy use by mid-century, putting people and our planet on a trajectory to experience deadly climate impacts, unless we develop alternatives that compete on price and performance. 

our solutions

We believe that when the true challenges of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 start to bite, the more necessary zero-carbon emission-free heat sources (advanced fission, fusion, and geothermal) will be, thanks to their tiny land use, small lifecycle footprint, and abundant zero-carbon energy output. TerraPraxis has been anticipating this demand and has been designing fast, low-cost, and repeatable systems for repowering all existing fossil fuel infrastructure with emission-free heat.

REPOWERING COAL

Converting 2,400 existing coal plants to clean energy by 2050

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CLEAN SYNTHETIC FUELS

Designing a system for delivering clean, low-cost hydrogen to replace oil and gas in shipping, aviation, and heavy industry. 

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STORY OF OUR FOUNDING

Launched in 2021, TerraPraxis is a nonprofit organization that leverages the expertise of co-founders, Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll, and team in environmental advocacy, government, and designing clean energy solutions that leverage the power of the market.

Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll originally worked together at LucidCatalyst, a consultancy that helps clients develop thought leadership and innovative strategies to address climate change as well as human and economic development goals.Together with the LucidCatalyst team, they found themselves pursuing significant independent work which they saw as necessary to combat the climate crisis, but for which there was no active client. Such work included the Missing Link to a Livable Climate report, articles for publication, and frequent complimentary high-profile advocacy at events, conferences, and meetings aligned with reaching audiences and stakeholders. While taking on this work on their own time, Kirsty and Eric understood there was a need for a non-profit organisation to pursue similar, vital projects.Therefore, they founded TerraPraxis, to undertake innovative projects, including Repowering Coal, the dissemination of the Missing Link report about hydrogen-enabled synthetic fuels through short Insights reports and translations, etc. With the support of Founders Pledge, Anthropocene Institute, and other philanthropic funders, TerraPraxis is able to scale up the delivery of high impact strategies for climate and prosperity. TerraPraxis is among the few climate NGOs working on the "hard-to-decarbonise" sectors, partnering with academics and experts on innovative solutions.

endorsements

» Read Founders Pledge Climate fund prospectus to learn about why they support TerraPraxis.

» Read this Founders Pledge article about why they continue to support TerraPraxis: "Navigating the changing landscape of climate philanthropy".

» Read this Vox article in which TerraPraxis was listed among seven of the most high-impact, cost-effective, evidence-based organizations fighting climate change.

» Read this Impact article naming TerraPraxis as one of the most effective climate change non-profits.

» Read this Founders Pledge report about how to support high-impact climate charities.

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