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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. 

oil consumed by US transportation sector
gallons of fuel consumed by US heavy-duty vehicles in 2015
global carbon emissions from extraction and primary processing of metals and other minerals
greater impact methane has on climate than CO2 over a 20-year period

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

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.


Material Value Chains

Decarbonizing the goods we use every day starts with decarbonizing the materials that go into them, including metals and minerals, steel, and cement

Energy Inputs

Shaping the  global supply chain’s energy  use  to reduce the CO2 intensity of the energy that goes into producing and transporting goods

Heavy Transport

Working to decarbonize heavy transport by focusing on the emissions that come from the trucks, trains, airplanes, and ships that move people and goods around the world every day



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.



The Poseidon Principles: A Groundbreaking New Formula for Navigating Decarbonization

The Poseidon Principles are the first example of financial players joining forces to drive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in line with a climate target.


Pulling the Weight of Heavy Truck Decarbonization

Haul trucks already emit 68 MtCO2 per year and account for 30%–50% of a mine’s total energy use, and trucking demand at mine sites is expected to grow substantially. Replacing diesel hauling fleets with low-carbon options is essential for companies looking to decarbonize their operations. This report explores six decarbonization options of varying abatement potentials and technology readiness.


Cutting Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production: One of the Year’s Biggest Energy Challenges

Leave it to the rocket scientists to solve our biggest climate mysteries. That’s exactly what NASA has done to kick off 2018, using a spectrometer imaging satellite to measure global methane emissions—a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change—and revealing an alarming increase in these emissions that threatens our climate.