Jon Creyts is a Managing Director at RMI, where he leads research and collaboration activities across all of RMI’s major practice areas, including transportation, electricity, industry, buildings, sustainable communities, and finance. He brings over 20 years of strategy, operations and design experience to resource issues at the interface of markets and technology. He is the founding Director of RMI’s China Program.
Jon is a recognized thought-leader on the business implications of climate change. Over the past decade he has worked with the leadership teams of dozens of leading global companies and institutions, and briefed officials and committees at the highest levels of international, federal and state government on practical solutions to the climate challenge, including the United Nations, the US Congress and the US President’s cabinet. He is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey and Company for 11 years where he helped found McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice. He served clients extensively on issues related to operations, capital productivity, environmental management, and growth, focusing on the energy, industrial, and technology sectors. During his time at McKinsey, he co-authored the groundbreaking survey Reducing US Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? which popularized the use of the cost curve as a means to convey the economics of reducing carbon emissions. He was also a principal author of that report’s sequel, Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy, which explored the barriers and solutions to unlocking energy efficiency’s potential at-scale.
Before McKinsey, Jon worked in both the power and aerospace industries. He is an alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s renowned Skunk Works design facility, and spent shorter stints as a power plant designer and engineer. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley where his research focused on the environmental optimization of industrial systems.
- BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1992)
- MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of California – Berkeley (1998)
- PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of California – Berkeley (2000)
- Trustee of the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo)
Selected Speeches and Presentations
- UNEP FI Global Roundtable, Investing in Green Employment: Strategy Behind Green Jobs Initiatives, Washington, DC, 2011.
- Chicago Ideas Week, Climate Action – An Economic Growth Opportunity, Chicago, 2011.
- International Energy Conference, Unlocking Global Energy Efficiency, New York, 2009.
- Global Business Forum, The Carbon Productivity Challenge, Banff, 2008.
- National Clean Energy Summit, Clean Energy and the Carbon Opportunity, Las Vegas, 2008.
- National Academies Summit on America’s Energy Future, Reducing US Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?, Washington, DC, 2008.