Reinventing Fire: China
The transition to an efficient and clean global energy future cannot happen without leadership from both China and the United States. Together, our two nations account for about 38 percent of global energy use and 43 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
Today, China is experiencing staggering growth in energy production and consumption, recently surpassing the U.S. to become the world’s largest gross energy consumer and CO2 emitter (although the U.S. still leads those categories in per-capita calculations). The country is also now the world’s largest energy consumer, burning 4.05 billion tons of coal in 2012—more than the rest of the world combined.
The Right Time for Action
RMI and its partners plan to deliver an analysis of the four energy-producing and -consuming sectors of China's economy (buildings, industry, transportation, and electricity) to spotlight the economic, social, and environmental benefits of rapidly deploying renewables and energy efficiency technologies in China. While previous energy studies have provided key insights to the country's energy opportunities and challenges, no model currently exists that integrates all four sectors while also examining technical feasibility and economic impact.
Reinventing Fire: China is developing insights that will lead to actions—policies, technology development, and adoption approaches—and is designed to build an enduring resource that can be applied by Chinese leaders to continually advance the country’s global clean energy efforts.
Learn more about the Beijing launch.
Unique Team of Expert Partners
To complete this work, RMI is partnering with the following organizations:
The two-year project has several planned deliverables, including an executive report disseminated to key Chinese government, business, and thought leaders; policy briefing and recommendations authored by ERI; and an online database documenting analytic approaches, assumptions, and calculations. An advisory panel consisting of key Chinese energy stakeholders—including leaders responsible for writing China’s 13th Five Year Plan, the country’s social and economic development initiatives—will guide the effort.
Leveraging the Power of Reinventing Fire
In 2011, RMI released Reinventing Fire, a robust, transparent analysis for running a 158%-bigger U.S. economy in 2050 using efficiency and renewables rather than fossil fuels. Built on Rocky Mountain Institute’s 30 years of research and work in the field, this independent synthesis offers practical and actionable solutions to solve energy problems while growing the U.S. economy.
Now, RMI is taking this same approach to China’s most pressing energy issues, with a goal to build an enduring resource that can be applied by Chinese leaders to continually advance the country’s global clean energy efforts.
Reinventing Fire: China with Amory Lovins and Clay Stranger