Rocky Mountain Institute

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2030 Climate Challenge Finalist

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 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to 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.

Launched in April 2020, the 2030 Climate Challenge was a $10 million competition sponsored by an anonymous donor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry, and/or transportation sectors in the United States by 2030. 68 proposals were submitted to the competition and were evaluated using four criteria: whether the proposals were impactful, feasible, scalable, and durable. Five Finalists were announced in February 2021. Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) was announced as the $10 million Awardee in June 2021.


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