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Laura Hutchinson

Senior Associate
  • Climate Aligned Industries

Laura is a senior associate with RMI’s Climate-Aligned Industries program. She focuses on market mechanisms that can facilitate decarbonization of heavy industries including aviation, oil and gas, and steel. Laura currently is working to accelerate the decarbonization of the aviation sector by developing a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) certificate system.

Previously at RMI, Laura helped develop a sectoral transition strategy for steel within the Mission Possible Partnership, and helped create MiQ—a methane emissions performance certification system for natural gas.


Prior to joining RMI as an associate, Laura worked as a fellow with the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire, to develop a community-wide renewable energy procurement strategy and status update. Previously, she interned with RMI’s City Renewables Accelerator team, where she helped contextualize RMI’s support of city renewable energy procurement efforts with a survey of existing resources and interviews with city personnel.

At Dartmouth, Laura helped quantify and communicate Dartmouth’s energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions as a Sustainability Office intern, and studied the rate of recent retreat of Uganda’s glaciers with satellite imagery.


BA, Earth Sciences (Engineering Sciences minor), Dartmouth College


Basalt, CO

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…