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Thomas Kirk

Manager
  • Climate Intelligence

Thomas is a Manager for Oil & Gas Solutions, a Climate Intelligence Initiative reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector. His work includes informing decisions by companies, investors, policymakers, NGOs, and consumers through data collaborations including Climate TRACE, Climate Action Engine, and Carbon Mapper. Previously, Thomas was a part of Sunshine for Mines working on carbon reduction in the mining industry through serving the electrical load of operating mines repurposing closed sites into renewable energy facilities, as well as financial and technical modeling.

Background

Before joining RMI, Thomas worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) coordinating and executing research and development projects in the areas of distributed energy resources and distribution engineering. Projects consisted of a mix of field trials and business case analysis reports. Prior to this role, Thomas worked a series of jobs in outdoor recreation and as a GIS consultant.

Education

B.Sc., Geographic Science, James Madison University
Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
Blog

Mining for Emissions Reductions: Strike while the Earth Is Cool

Download RMI’s new report Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness. Companies involved in natural resource extraction and refinement are uniquely positioned to both benefit and suffer from society’s response to climate change. On the one hand, global demand for many metals and minerals is increasing…