RMI

Transforming the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all.

aka Rocky Mountain Institute   |   Boulder, CO   |  www.rmi.org

Mission

Transforming the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all.

Ruling year info

1982

Principal Officer

Mr. Jules Kortenhorst

Main address

2490 Junction Place Suite 200

Boulder, CO 80301 USA

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EIN

74-2244146

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For 40 years, RMI has shaped a vision of a clean energy future and has advanced key solutions to make it a reality. Today, we're driving ever more urgent and impactful global action with a new focused strategy that you'll learn more about here. This is Our Decisive Decade Climate change is the most significant threat humanity faces. The past decade has set alarming global records for climate-related devastation. From wildfires scorching vast tracts in North America, Australia, and even Siberia, to record-breaking numbers of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans all leaving human suffering and economic havoc in their wake. This threat is existential. The Climate Problem is a Human Problem. These disasters reveal all too clearly the interconnection between climate health and human health, political stability, and economic vitality.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program Overview

RMI decarbonizes energy systems through rapid, market-based change in the world’s most critical geographies to align with a 1.5°C future and address the climate crisis. We work with businesses, policymakers, communities and other organizations to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% by 2030.

For nearly 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to both publish groundbreaking research and analysis. We bring together collaborations of rare reach, range and expertise—creating unconventional partnerships and mobilizing action to drive change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Ending the burning of fossil fuels to power and construct our buildings, solving a hidden health crisis, and bringing buildings— the heart of our day-to-day—into the forefront of the solution.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Carbon-Free Electricity— Global Center for Power System Transformation Bringing the benefits of clean energy to all—transforming global power systems to support modern, low-carbon economies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Carbon-Free Mobility Ending tailpipe emissions from on-road transportation to create cleaner air, save millions of lives, and establish viable zero-emissions pathways.

Population(s) Served
Adults

With key Chinese and international partners, helping China peak its carbon emissions among leading cities. Supporting initiatives to drive rapid scaling of cost-effective energy efficiency and the transition to clean supply.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Africa, Southeast Asia, and Islands Program Creating market conditions and investment opportunities to accelerate the energy transition in developing countries through direct market engagement, capacity building, and on-the-ground projects that demonstrate the multiple values of clean, affordable energy solutions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Breakthrough Technologies Unlocking the rapid innovation, deployment, and market adoption of critical climate technologies at scale, creating more equitable markets and supporting global access to innovation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Climate-Aligned Industries Putting energy-using industry sectors on par with nations as engines of rapid decarbonization—leveraging the real economy to speed solutions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

India Program
Supporting India in decreasing ~9.5 gigatons of emissions across its transport, buildings, and power sectors over the next ten years—expanding equity, improving air quality, bolstering the economy, and improving resilience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Climate Intelligence Radically improving how critical global climate investments are made by bringing data, intelligence, and people together into a single opensource platform with accurate, timely, and actionable climate data and insights.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, RMI had 17,662 media mentions.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Climate Aligned Industries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

companies are joining forces with RMI and our partners to decarbonize heavy industry through the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP). Seven major industries—aluminum, cement, chemicals, iron and steel,

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

530744 unique visitors to RMI.org in 2020.

Number of reports written/published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

55 Reports and Insight Briefs published in 2020.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

RMI has 21,158 Facebook Followers as of November 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RMI Is Answering the Call The urgency of the climate challenge forced RMI to ask, "are we doing enough, quickly enough, to fulfill our mission?" This set in motion a strategic overhaul in which we looked at all aspects of how and where we work to fully align a 1.5° C climate target.

How We Work: Rapidly Scaling Clean Energy Solutions We have many of the solutions we need to solve the climate challenge, but we need to scale them in a few short years. What kind of scale do we mean? Consider technologies we now use every day. Many of us can remember the days before smartphones-communicating by landlines and fax machines. Then, over the course of a few years, smartphones were everywhere. Within a decade they had revolutionized how we live our lives. Many other technologies have also followed this S-curve adoption. Clean energy stands next in line, with actual adoption rates fast outpacing forecasts of the International Energy Agency. But with limited time at hand, we need climate solutions to scale more quickly, and by design.

RMI wants to ensure we focus on the biggest problems and opportunities. As a result, we have realigned our portfolio of work around global programs to focus on:

1 . Driving decarbonization

2. Strengthening market catalysts working in the five most important geographies

3. Working in important areas

Paving the Pathway to Impact Getting all of this done during this decade is a monumental task that no one organization can do alone. To be successful we're partnering and prioritizing:

Boosting collaboration
RMI has always taken a collaborative approach. Now, we're expanding our partnerships as a means to scale up our work within and across all global programs. Keeping a learning mindset, we're also seeking out more diverse perspectives and differing approaches, based on shared goals.

Ensuring a just and equitable transition
As we create a new path forward, social equity must be at its core. RMI is doubling down on our commitment to social justice and equity by focusing on the equitable distribution of clean energy, from ensuring near-universal access to clean mobility, to creating affordable and sustainable housing. All while ensuring RMl's talent matches these ambitions, with new rigor and resources dedicated to diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention.

Staying focused
RMl's Strategic Engagement and Analysis Group works to show the world that the pathway to net zero carbon emissions is achievable, affordable, and beneficial. The group works with partners to create a clear, compelling, and actionable vision for the pathway to 1.5 C that is grounded in real economy indicators.

Measuring progress
Monitoring, evaluation, and learning are a cornerstone of our new strategy to ensure we are making the biggest, most strategic interventions -doubling down on what works and quickly shifting away from what doesn't-using concrete data and analytics.

Think
Thought leadership disrupts business as usual with new models for the transition to clean energy.

100M on-road miles were analyzed in RMI’s new Accelerating the Electric Vehicle Transition report. This study, conducted with General Motors, highlights why electrifying services like Uber and Lyft can lead to electrification of all transportation sectors.

$220B would be added to rural American economies by building 600 GW of new wind and solar between 2020 and 2030. See RMI’s Seeds of Opportunity report for details on this chance to strengthen and diversify local economies.

Do
Demonstration projects provide proof points for the clean energy transition.

5,500 electric buses have been sanctioned by the Indian government in 64 cities across the nation, showing India’s leadership in building electric mobility. Meanwhile, in the United States, 13 trucks will demonstrate how electrified commercial vehicles run in real-world conditions, through the Run on Less Electric program.

100 Best Inventions of 2020 as named by TIME magazine included Climate TRACE, a first-of-its-kind environmental tool that uses artificial intelligence, satellite image-processing, and other remote-sensing technologies to monitor worldwide greenhouse gases. It will verify that governments around the world are honoring their pledges to cut emissions. RMI, along with nine other coalition partners, is supporting Climate TRACE.

2,100+ registrants from 96 countries entered the Global Cooling Prize, a competition initiated by RMI to develop a climate-friendly residential cooling solution without warming the planet. The winner will be announced April 29, 2021.

Scale
Spurring competitive innovation and accelerating market adoption of clean energy.

7 new US federal climate policy imperatives identified by RMI are key because they move the United States closer to limiting warming to 1.5°Celsius while building a sustainable economy and creating lasting jobs.

400 companies are joining forces with RMI and our partners to decarbonize heavy industry through the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP). Seven major industries—aluminum, cement, chemicals, iron and steel, aviation, shipping, and heavy road transport—account for 30 percent of total carbon emissions. The MPP, an alliance of 12 global organizations, will work to decarbonize these hard-to-abate industries.

620+ applicants have applied to participate in Third Derivative, the clean energy and climate tech accelerator launched in December 2020 by RMI and partners. The first cohort has seen a diverse field of entrants from 61 countries and six continents. Third Derivative was founded to find, fund, hone, and scale the most promising technologies to reduce global carbon emissions.





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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RMI

Board of directors
as of 7/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward White

Fahr LLC

Term: 2017 -

Amory Lovins

Physicist

Peter Boyer

Owner of a Design-Build Residential Construction Firm

Thomas Dinwoodie

SunPower Corporation Systems

Martha Pickett

Windstar Land Conservancy

David Allen

McKinstry

Roy Bedlow

Low Carbon

Mark Ferron

Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator

Michael Haas

Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC

Maria Van Der Hoeven

International Energy Agency

George Polk

Tulum Trust

Mary Powell

Green Mountain Power

Elizabeth Sall

Urban Labs LLC

Todd Stern

Former U.S. special envoy on climate change

Ted White

Moye White LLP

Rachel Kyte

Sustainable Energy for All

Dennis McGinn

Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Jose Maria Figueres

Former President of Costa Rica

Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella

The Energy Nexus Network

Wei Ding

Broad River Capital

Jean Oelwang

Virgin Unite

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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