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Empowering Clean Economies

Helping people in emerging economies to leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution.

Because climate change is a global problem, RMI has been expanding its efforts around the world. We are working with top government officials and in-country partners to accelerate the transition of Caribbean island economies to local, renewable energy and create a blueprint for other isolated economies. In sub-Saharan Africa, we’re partnering with forward-thinking governments to improve electricity access for people who are underserved or have no access to electricity, and shifting the paradigm away from centralized, fossil-fueled national grids. And we are partnering with the Chinese government to help it profitably surpass its existing national energy and emissions targets, dramatically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and set a clear pathway for the developing world to follow.


Africa Energy Program

Accelerating electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa

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Islands Energy Program

Accelerating the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a diverse platform of clean energy and energy efficiency while establishing a blueprint for other island economies.

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What Is the Empowering Clean Economies Program?

The Empowering Clean Economies Program (ECE) takes a holistic, country-led approach to energy transition planning and implementation across numerous sectors. It contributes to interwoven positive economic, social, and environmental impact, while supporting existing national and global energy access targets and increasing resilience to climate change. The team works at the invitation of governments, utilities, and other key stakeholders across a wide range of geographic contexts in Africa, the Caribbean, and, increasingly, Southeast Asia. Each country has unique local characteristics, but the adoption of proven approaches and toolsets and the application of RMI’s expertise have already proven to help fast-track clean energy adoption in low- and middle-income economies across sub-Saharan Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Why It Matters

Low- and middle-income countries can meet their national energy plan goals and provide reliable and affordable energy access to their communities—and support their health and enhance their livelihoods— embracing and maximizing the contribution of clean energy solutions.

If every nation followed the development path of the U.S., Earth’s climate would heat beyond all saving.

To save our planet from all those coal, oil, and gas emissions while powering human development, people around the world must leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution.