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RMI’s vision of a clean energy future commits us to THINK bigger, DO boldly, and SCALE globally.
Using our deep analysis to understand the landscape of energy issues and test what might be possible.
RMI’s analysis on the Ukraine crisis reached as many as 106 million readers.
We weighed in on how the crisis is hastening the end of the fossil fuel era, how Europe can replace Russian gas, and the advantages of green hydrogen — in Bloomberg, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and more.
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17 GWh of EV batteries could be recycled – instead of trashed – by 2030.
Our new report shows how giving these batteries a second life could meet growing power storage demands and provide precious metals for battery manufacturing.
Piloting our novel solutions to prove they are feasible and economical.
RMI’s recommendations on in-home gas usage were deployed to ~80 health organizations.
Health professionals and advocates rave about this resource, which quantifies the risks of in-home gas and the benefits of going electric. Our commentary on the climate and health risks of gas stoves appeared in the New York Times, NPR, TIME, and numerous other media outlets.
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Retiring a Mississippi coal power plant seven years early could unlock $579 million in benefits.
Using structured finance to replace the Red Hills Power Plant would yield financial benefits for ratepayers, workers, and the community. This novel RMI-developed approach shows promise for the equitable transition of other uneconomic coal plants globally.
About 30 percent of freight truck miles in New York and California can be electrified now.
With trucks making up just 10 percent of US vehicles but producing 25 percent of emissions, this kind of RMI analysis will drive the policy and grid improvements we need.
Working in global markets to scale proven solutions and address the climate challenge.
One-third of Bermuda’s bus fleet is electric, thanks to an RMI partnership.
RMI began this partnership in 2018 to help Bermuda increase resilience to climate change and energy shocks. The new buses, which are replacing 30 diesel-powered ones, will save $10 million on the way to fully electrifying the country’s public transportation by 2030 — the emissions-reduction equivalent of removing 1,500 cars per year.
Up to 46 percent of embodied carbon can be slashed at little to no cost.
The building industry is acting. Major firms including Arup and Skanska USA have committed to measure the emissions associated with their building projects.
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Scorecards for Climate Progress
In June, RMI released first-of-their-kind scorecards for six front-runner US states racing to reach their climate and clean energy goals. The same day, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in West Virginia v Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Despite the Court’s decision, the clean energy transition remains the economically sound path forward. States are critical players in implementing policies and federal funding in a way that accelerates the country’s emissions reduction targets.
RMI’s scorecards and data were centered in a New York Times front-page story featuring local climate efforts. (Additional coverage: Politico, Axios, LA Times, among others.) California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Washington contribute nearly one-fifth of US emissions and have made bold climate commitments. But to reach their goals — and to inspire other states to do the same — they need to do more. RMI’s scorecards assess where these states stand against their goals in every major economic sector and the gaps they need to address to achieve those targets by the end of the decade.
While none of these states are on track, there are still viable and proven pathways to get there — such as strategically using federal funding in climate-smart ways and learning from each other’s successes.
“Over the past decade, RMI has built an unrivaled leadership bench and a truly remarkable and diverse global team. The quality of our work and the reputation and trust we have built position us extremely well to continue to scale our initiatives. Though I am transitioning out of my role as CEO later this year, I am, and will continue to be, a donor and champion of RMI and its critical efforts to accelerate the clean energy transition.”— Jules Kortenhorst, RMI CEO
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