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Industry and Heavy Transport

We are working on a critical piece of the climate puzzle: decarbonizing the world’s goods and services, including how they are designed, sourced, produced, and delivered.

Our planet is drowning in emissions from the production of goods and the services we use to transport them.

Initiatives

Material Value Chains

We are decarbonizing the materials that go into our everyday goods, including metals and minerals, steel, and cement.

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Energy Inputs

We are reducing the carbon intensity of the fuels used to produce and transport goods.

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Heavy Transport

We are working to decarbonize the trucks, trains, airplanes, and ships that move people and goods around the world every day.

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RMI is an independent, mission-driven third party, uniquely positioned to convene, align, and inspire the diverse stakeholders that can deliver our bold initiatives.

Our convening power, including our ability to unite sometimes-disparate parties around common goals, is winning the trust of leading industry representatives and inspiring partnerships across the mobility, trucking, shipping, and aviation industries. We have also developed deep content knowledge on these industries and how they operate. Today, thousands of people representing hundreds of companies and organizations rely on our research and work.

What is the Industry and Heavy Transport Program?

RMI is leading the next industrial revolution; building on our existing expertise in the areas of mining, industrial energy use, and heavy transport, our Industry program is growing its focus to better reflect the size of the challenge and the opportunity for change. We are driving the decarbonization of the hard-to-abate sectors that are so important to our future, both from an economic and environmental perspective.

Why It Matters

More than 40 percent of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the energy-intensive sectors that produce and deliver the goods we use on a daily basis. We have some awareness of the CO2 emissions that come directly from the fuels we use, but there is almost no visibility into the emissions that come from producing and transporting the clothes we wear, the buildings we live in, or the cellphones we use. These emissions are essentially invisible to us, yet they have a critical impact on our climate.