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Ryan Laemel

Sr. Associate
  • India
  • Office of the Chief Scientist

Ryan is a Senior Associate in the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) where he supports RMI’s Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Amory Lovins, and the OCS team with research, analysis, and collaboration. Ryan is currently working on the India Mobility Transformation project, an effort to identify and deploy clean, cost-effective mobility solutions in India. Ryan is based in the Basalt office.


Prior to RMI, Ryan worked at Yale University, where he led the design, implementation, and evaluation of the world’s first university-based internal carbon pricing program. His professional background is in environmental economics, climate policy, and energy efficiency. As a student at Yale, Ryan studied geology and physics, focusing his research on glacial erosion in the Patagonian Andes, and captained the men’s cross country team. Ryan joined RMI in November 2016.


B.Sc., Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
Gerald R. Ford Scholar


Basalt, CO




“I’m inspired by our people, from our staff to our clients, and how our collaborative approach leverages the power of many to turn aspirational into achievable.”

Authored Works
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RMI’s India Program Launches the Urban Mobility Lab

When Rocky Mountain Institute’s cofounder and chief scientist, Amory Lovins, first met with Indian government officials in March 2016 to explore opportunities for collaboration, India’s ambitions in renewable energy and clean transportation were quickly moving from idea to action. More than two years later, India continues to make progress toward…

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RMI’s 2017 Micropower Database Release: Electricity Generation from Micropower Is on the Rise while Nuclear Power’s Output Share Continues to Flatline

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) just released its 2017 Micropower Database, a compilation of global generation and capacity data for low-carbon micropower and nuclear electricity sources. “Micropower” refers to sources of electricity that are relatively small, modular, mass-producible, quick-to-deploy, and hence rapidly scalable. For the purposes of this database, it means…

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India’s Mobility Leapfrog

While the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement may seem to have steered global climate action into the breakdown lane, India is signaling a switch to the fast lane that could define the transition to low-carbon mobility in emerging economies. In March 2016, Minister Piyush Goyal set India’s sights on…