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Cate Hight

  • Industry and Heavy Transport

Cate Hight is a Principal in RMI’s Industry Practice, where she leads the institute’s efforts to reduce methane emissions from the global oil and gas industry alongside Taku Ide. Cate and Taku work with methane data scientists, oil and gas operators, regulators, purchasers and consumers to establish market-based mechanisms that will improve the industry’s climate performance and enable natural gas to serve as an environmentally responsible bridge fuel in the global transition to renewable energy.


Before joining RMI, Cate spent ten years at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she managed the oil and gas program of the Global Methane Initiative, a public-private partnership of 45 countries and private-sector actors dedicated to methane abatement, recovery, and use. Cate also played lead roles in the development of important greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations including the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Energy Incentive Program and the GHG Reporting Program. She co-authored the annual US Inventory of GHG Emissions and Sinks, and led the agency’s work on carbon market development, including the market-based mechanisms in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Prior to EPA, Cate worked for the Mission Climat of the Caisse des Depots in Paris (now I4CE), where she co-authored Pricing Carbon, a book assessing the performance of the European Union Emission Trading Scheme. She has also held positions at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and in the US House of Representatives as committee staff for Congressman Henry Waxman.


Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago
BA in Romance Languages, Washington and Lee University


Washington, DC

Authored Works
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What Is Methane and Why Does It Matter?

The message from the most recent UN climate report is clear: unless we dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the world is headed for a temperature rise of far more than 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Dramatically reducing emissions means cutting at least 32 gigatons of…

Outlet Blog Post

Tackling Industrial Emissions

Emissions from heavy industry are the brave new world of climate action. Including emissions from electricity use, the industrial sector is responsible for 40 percent of the world’s GHG emissions, and its share of emissions is growing. Creating industry-wide transformation will take a combination of market, financial, and policy solutions.