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We are helping the people of emerging economies to leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution; changing the way we move people and goods to save money and the environment; creating a clean, resilient, and affordable electricity system that produces less pollution and climate-altering CO2; and driving massive market growth for healthy and efficient homes, offices, schools, and gathering places.

GLOBAL ENERGY TRANSITIONS

China Program

Supporting China in reducing its emissions and following a clean energy pathway

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Islands Energy Program

Accelerating the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables

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SEED: Sustainable Energy for Economic Development

Helping governments in developing countries, beginning in sub-Saharan Africa, expand access to clean, reliable electricity

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TRANSPORTATION

Mobility Transformation

Implementing cost-effective oil- and emissions-free mobility to save money and oil, and drastically reduce carbon emissions

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Trucking Efficiency

Driving down the carbon footprint of getting people their everyday products by increasing efficiency in the trucking industry

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Shipping Efficiency

Increasing the demand for fuel-efficient vessels

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Sustainable Aviation

Reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint through the use of sustainable aviation fuels

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ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION

Regulatory and Business Model Reform

Working with utilities and state regulatory commissions to evolve business and regulatory models and advance more sophisticated electricity rate structures

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e-Lab: Electricity Innovation Lab

Convening critical industry players to identify promising reform approaches and strategize on how to scale them effectively to transform the electricity system from the inside out

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Disruptive Technologies

Raising awareness of and support for emerging disruptive technologies that promise to deliver more transparency and efficiency, and lower operating costs to customers and the electricity grid as a whole

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RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVANCEMENT

BRC: Business Renewables Center

Streamlining and accelerating corporate purchasing of large-scale wind and solar energy

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Sunshine for Mines

Rapidly accelerating on-site renewable energy at mining operations around the globe

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Black Bear Energy

Aiding large real estate companies in the U.S. with on-site renewable energy solutions

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Shine: Community-Scale Solar

Making solar energy affordable and accessible to all by unlocking the community-scale solar market

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BUILDINGS

Portfolio Energy Optimization

Developing and scaling a new, innovative, and cost-effective retrofit approach to reduce energy use in commercial buildings

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Pathways to Zero

Driving the adoption of superefficient and net-zero energy buildings in new and existing building portfolios and at the district level

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Residential Energy+

Unlocking U.S. homeowner investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy to create better homes for our families, our pocketbooks, and the environment

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Generation Z Schools

Creating thriving zero-carbon communities by unlocking investment in students and schools across the world

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AREAS OF INNOVATION

Zero Methane Emissions

Eliminating fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas

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Office of the Chief Scientist

Sustaining RMI’s global thought leadership across all four energy-using sectors of the economy—buildings, transportation, industry, and electricity

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Sustainable Finance

Ensuring that the application of finance in RMI’s research and programs is as rigorous and innovative as possible

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