The era of carbon-intensive energy derived from the burning of fossil fuels will come to an end, and a cleaner, more reliable energy future based on renewables like wind and solar will be the new normal.
Making Emissions Visible
The making of products accounts for a huge chunk of global emissions, and figuring out how to even measure the embedded CO2 in any given item represents a set of thorny problems. But where there is a will, there is a way.
Decarbonizing Steel and Cement
Some of the most basic building blocks of our modern world are some of the hardest materials to decarbonize. But even here, there are ways.
21st Century Urban Mobility
In order to decarbonize the urban environment, we must change not only how we get around cities, but also how cities themselves are planned.
Leapfrogging: A notion in need of an upgrade
In some cases developing economies can skip over earlier modes of energy use and infrastructure, but this concept often misses the unique trajectories and challenges of the developing world.
Electrification of transportation and heating is a necessary next step to avoid the most severe effects of climate change.
The Power of Finance
Like water, the flow of financing is everything to the energy transition.
Toward a Just Transition
Our conversations about the future of energy are not only about energy—they are about the kind of society that we want to have.
Doing More with Less
To aggressively reduce our emissions, we are going to need to overhaul our thinking about not only what we build but also how we build.
Seven Global Challenges
James Newcomb, the managing director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Emerging Solutions Program, explains the origins and thinking behind RMI’s new global framework to tackle the climate emergency.
Financing Freedom from Fossil Fuels
Financial institutions can play an important role in the energy transition by providing financing for the retirement and replacement of existing coals plants.