The clean energy economy is ready to be scaled


If every nation followed the energy development path taken by the US, the Earth’s climate would heat beyond all saving.

To save our planet from coal, oil, and gas emissions  –  while powering human development  –  people around the world must leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution. Helping to facilitate this clean energy revolution is what the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is all about.

Since the climate crisis is a global problem, RMI work with top government officials, the private sector and in-country partners all over the globe to accelerate the transition of economies to local, renewable energy –  creating a blueprint for other global economies.

In a recent discussion about scaling the green energy economy RMI chief scientist and cofounder, Amory Lovins, along with climate experts, Jeff Tannenbaum and Roy Torbert, explained just how big this opportunity is.

mory shares how he and the RMI team are creating low-carbon, prosperous economies. RMI work largely with the private sector, using a model centred around developing pilot programmes, scaling them, securing partners and then spreading the work as far as possible. According to Amory the key principles in play are, “Practice, not theory. Solutions, not problems. Transformation, not incrementalism.”

The discussion covers the various ways that RMI projects are speaking to the need for global programmes to scale partnerships that transcend borders –  highlighting how this interdisciplinary thinking is helping to find great, scalable ideas, along with the partners needed to make them a reality.