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.
Microgrids: a Lifeline for Islands
Islands have been deemed the victims of climate change. But they’re now flipping the script and finding solutions that can be scaled globally through microgrids powered by renewable energy.
Leading from Below
A new report coauthored by RMI finds that decarbonization is being led by states, cities, businesses, and other actors in the United States, while still noting that more action is needed. And how it put numbers on all this is part of the story.
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.
Accelerating Wind and Solar
Wind and solar have seen remarkable growth over the past few decades. But is it enough?
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.
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.