Energy Transition Magazine—a consensus-driven, global magazine about the transition to a clean energy future.
Energy Transition Magazine documents the momentum toward a clean energy future. Our stories come from senior leaders in global energy corporations, financiers, insurers, government leaders, major philanthropists, and top-tier media editors.
Why Focus on the Energy Transition?
Addressing the climate emergency in the next five years is critical. According to an alarming 2018 report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the impacts of global temperature rise will be more severe and abrupt than previously thought—and we’re already experiencing devastating impacts on human health and the environment, habitats, and food and water supplies, as well as political instability and social inequity. While we’re encouraged by strong worldwide accord to tackle climate change, there is much to do to translate commitments into tangible and innovative solutions, and we must act quickly. Key government and industry decision makers are asking where we are on the energy transition, and if it is moving fast enough. Decision makers need clarity in order to speed and scale critical solutions.
Limiting global temperature rise requires us to scale the deployment of low-carbon solutions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at an unprecedented scale. This is a problem that not one country, company, or policymaker can solve alone. It requires a fundamental shift in how stakeholders work together to transform energy systems across the globe—powered by new business models, market designs, and abundant low-carbon entrepreneurial solutions. We want to instill the sense of urgency among the world’s most powerful decision makers to accelerate the energy transformation.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.
Carbon Tracker is an independent financial think tank that carries out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the consequences of potential investment in high-cost, carbon-intensive fossil fuels. Our team of financial market, energy and legal experts apply groundbreaking research using leading industry databases to map both risks and opportunities for investors on the path to a low-carbon future.
Climate Nexus works to change the conversation on climate change and clean energy from an argument to a constructive search for solutions, and leverages all forms of communication to tell the stories of the people impacted by climate change and those driving the energy transition. To achieve these goals, we work with the media, non-profits, community organizations, business leaders and policymakers.
The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) brings together a diverse coalition of global leaders from across the energy landscape (energy companies, energy-intensive industries, equipment providers, investors, environmental NGOs). Its aim is to accelerate change towards low-carbon energy systems that enable robust economic development and limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2˚C and as close as possible to 1.5˚C.
Christian Roselund serves as editorial director at Rocky Mountain Institute. Prior to this he provided editorial leadership for the US project of global solar trade publication pv magazine, and has written about the energy transition for IEEE Spectrum, the Guardian (UK), and a variety of other publications. He began his career as a journalist working in radio, reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Gregor Macdonald is a freelance journalist covering cities, climate, and energy. He has written for Nature, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Harvard Business Review, Next City, Atlantic Media’s Route Fifty, The Petroleum Economist, pv magazine, and Talking Points Memo. His latest book is Oil Fall.
Laurie Stone is the Senior Writer/Editor at Rocky Mountain Institute. She has over 25 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. Prior to joining RMI, Laurie was the International Program Manager for Solar Energy International (SEI), where she organized renewable energy trainings around the world.
Paul Bodnar is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he oversees the institute’s programs in global climate finance and US subnational climate action.
Paul served in the Obama White House as special assistant to the President and senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council. Paul was a key architect of the Obama Administration’s international climate policies, including the historic US-China presidential joint climate announcement of November 2014, the OECD agreement to strictly limit public financing for coal-fired power plants, and the doubling of clean energy research and development budgets by 20 major countries through the Mission Innovation initiative. He played a principal role in formulating US strategy for the Paris Climate Conference.
Jules Kortenhorst is the chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party.
During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world, including working for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch/Shell, among other roles as managing director of Shell Bulgaria. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co.
Kingsmill Bond, CFA is the Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker. He has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for 25 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Sberbank and Citibank in London, Hong Kong and Moscow, and has written research on emerging market and global themes, including the wider significance of the shale revolution and the impact of US energy independence.
At Carbon Tracker he has written about the impact of the energy transition on financial markets, domestic politics and geopolitics, and authored a series of reports on the myths of the energy transition.
Kees van der Leun is a dedicated sustainable energy expert with 34 years of experience in the field as a consultant, business developer, manager, and strategist. His work covers renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emission reduction. As a director at Guidehouse, he works as creative strategic consultant on the energy transition, for companies and governments, with a focus on system integration.
Ramez Naam is a clean energy investor, public speaker, and author, as well as serving as the co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University. He speaks around the world on how clean energy technologies will disrupt fossil fuels, and invests in early-to-mid-stage companies in clean energy, mobility, and other technologies that can address climate change. Ramez has advised numerous Fortune 500 corporations, government leaders, investors, and financial institutions on the clean energy transition. He lives in Seattle. Find him at rameznaam.com or @ramez on twitter.
Courtney St. John is the Senior Director, Science and Energy at Climate Nexus, a strategic communications firm focused on climate change and clean energy issues. She has extensive experience working across policy, academia and communications on environmental issues.
Prior to Climate Nexus, Courtney was the outreach director at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She has also served as the Climate Change Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy’s Task Force Climate Change. She started her career as a Knauss Policy Fellow in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy.