To keep average global temperature rise to less than 1.5°C—which the IPCC states is necessary to avoid climate catastrophe—we need to fix our buildings. They are the largest end-users of energy, producing nearly 40 percent of US carbon emissions. Today, only a small fraction of our buildings do not produce…
Jamie Mandel is the Managing Director of the Buildings Program at Rocky Mountain Institute. The Buildings program focuses on supporting the cost-effective decarbonization of the world’s buildings, which currently are responsible for 40% of global GHG emissions. Jamie leads work on net-zero energy district energy planning, deep energy retrofits, new technology, and policy, including the support of New York’s Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap, in the US as well as China and India. Prior to joining the Buildings program, Jamie was the Principal overseeing RMI’s distributed energy resources work, including solar, storage, and demand flexibility.
Prior to joining RMI, Jamie worked for McKinsey and Company on energy and sustainability topics.
Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. He is on the board of WattTime.org, an RMI market-affiliate focused on helping customers choose the cleaner power.
Energy Efficiency and Electric Vehicles: How Buildings Can Pave the Way for the Global EV Revolution
The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here, and countries around the world have set aggressive EV goals and targets as a means to cut carbon, improve air quality, and accelerate a renewably powered electricity grid. The cheapest and quickest way to free up electricity for EVs is to save it…
Finance cuts across all of the sectors covered in this book, and is a key enabler for all of the recommendations. Regional governments operate at a scale that lends itself well to organizing and delivering financial solutions, and realizing scale benefits. These finance recommendations are highly variable, with…
Land use issues present both a great threat and a great opportunity to climate goals. Some 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and other land use, but this sector can also offset this impact by 20% by removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Transportation currently produces 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions—we can decrease the carbon intensity of transportation while increasing mobility choices and health benefits.
Industry is the foundation of many regional economies. Yet the industrial sector creates 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and its impact is growing faster than other sectors.