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Jules Kortenhorst

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Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.

Since 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. An independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.

BACKGROUND

Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party.

During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world. He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch/Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co.

Jules currently serves on the Energy Transition Commission, and is the co-chair of the WEF Future Council on Energy. He also is a non-executive board member of the Energy Web Foundation and of Solidia Technologies, Inc. and an advisory board member of Land Life Company. Jules is married to Searl Vetter and has four children.

EDUCATION
  • Masters of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar
  • Masters in Economics, Erasmus University, Netherlands
LOCATION

Boulder, CO

TWITTER HANDLE

@JulesKortenhors

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Authored Works
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At COP21, 3 Signs of a Commitment to Energy Innovation

This morning, COP21—the UN’s annual international climate change conference—kicked off in Paris with a very encouraging announcement. On one hand 20 countries—from the developed to the developing world arm-in-arm—made a commitment to double their research and development spending in the energy solutions of the future. They have labeled it “Mission…

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Reflecting on Climate Week NYC: Corporations Leading the Way

From an exhilarating Climate Week in New York, I marvel at the momentum of the transition to the low-carbon economy. We have seen that many of the world’s largest corporations are waking up to the tremendous economic opportunity the energy revolution represents.

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Today’s U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestone to Date for Battling Global Climate Change

Today’s joint announcement by President Obama and President Xi represents the second time in two years the leaders have met to make significant climate commitments. Last year’s meeting focused on setting aggressive goals that reflect each country’s unique situation. This year’s meeting moved decisively to implementation commitments intended to deliver…

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Three Trends That Make Obama’s Clean Power Plan a Good Bet on the Future

The Obama administration issued its Clean Power Plan setting out a clear direction for greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the U.S. power sector. The plan, long under way and the subject of the most extensive consultations the EPA has ever undertaken, is a bold step to overcome congressional inaction to address climate change.

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Energy Within Reach

1.3 billion people around the world live without basic access to electricity, including 900 million in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Bringing light to these people currently in the dark is an acute, urgent humanitarian and economic development challenge for these countries that have ambitious goals. Energy is the cornerstone that…

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Going Further Faster Together

The alliance between CWR and RMI means we can go even further, even faster. We can make change happen around the world, from the two biggest carbon emitters—the United States and China—to smaller nations like our respective countries Costa Rica and the Netherlands, and to every country in between.

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U.S. Climate Action—The Truth About Its “Costs”

Earlier this week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced new guidelines under the Clean Air Act limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The move comes in the wake of the federal government’s Third National Climate Assessment, exposing the serious risk climate change poses to the nation’s economy and security.

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Inside the Book Resource Revolution

During the first Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, economic growth and societal progress faced a problem of relative scarcity—not of resources, which were then considered inexhaustibly abundant, but of people. Making people (and the labor processes by which they manufactured goods and provided services) radically…