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Cate Hight

  • Climate Aligned Industries

Cate Hight leads Rocky Mountain Institute’s efforts to elevate the importance of industrial decarbonization in the global climate action system. In collaboration with partners in business and civil society, Cate brings leading industrial actors together to seek agreement on decarbonization pathways and take action to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Cate also leads RMI’s work to develop a first of its kind product standard for natural gas differentiated according to its upstream methane emissions. Leveraging her deep expertise in climate policy and market mechanisms, Cate works with oil and gas operators, regulators, purchasers and consumers to build the market for differentiated gas and improve the industry’s climate performance.


Cate spent ten years at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the agency’s work on carbon market development, played lead roles in the development of key greenhouse gas regulations, and co-authored the annual US Inventory of GHG Emissions and Sinks. Before joining RMI, Cate 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.

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 as committee staff in the US House of Representatives.


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


Washington, DC

Authored Works

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…


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.