Aviation is essential. It connects cultures. And prior to 2020, it supported over 65 million jobs, generating almost $3 trillion in global economic activity each year. But by 2050, if the industry returns to pre-2020 levels, aviation industry emissions could grow to 20 percent of the 1.5° C carbon budget.
Kathleen Wight joined RMI in 2012 and leads the Business Development and Corporate Sponsorship efforts of RMI’s Industry Practice – including Shipping Efficiency, Sunshine for Mines, Sustainable Aviation, Trucking Efficiency and Zero Methane Emissions. She develops revenue streams to expand RMI’s work in controlling carbon emissions in hard-to-abate industries. Kathleen works across RMI’s Industry teams, exploring opportunities with corporations, foundations and donors to create pathways for the de-carbonization of energy intensive industries and heavy transport.
Prior to moving to the Industry Program, Kathleen was RMI’s Manager of Executive Operations and managed the operational aspects of RMI’s leadership team and its CEO office, ensuring efficient and effective team results. Previous to that role, Kathleen served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at RMI.