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Sep 20, 2011

Our Reinventing Fire Commitment: One Year Later


Reinventing Fire Committment at Clinton Global InitiativeEach year, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting gathers heads of state, business leaders, and nonprofit directors from around the world to share their commitments to action—a concrete plan to address an urgent global issue.

In concept, these commitments can help organizations develop the partnerships needed to get these ideas off the ground. So far, they are off to a good start: Since 2005, CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments which have improved the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 180 countries.

One year ago, on behalf of Rocky Mountain Institute, Executive Director Marty Pickett delivered our commitment to Reinventing Fire, a vision to map and drive the business-led transition from oil and coal to efficient and renewable energy.

Below are some highlights of RMI’s commitment:

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
To date, Reinventing Fire has been a research initiative—a synthesis—built on RMI's experience in the four target sectors of transportation, buildings, industry and electricity. Paramount in the Reinventing Fire vision is our belief that transitioning to efficiency and renewable energy will require an integrative approach within and between systems, and that business will lead the transition, for profit, supported by civil society and innovative public policy.

This fall, RMI will publish Reinventing Fire, a practical guide to a more competitive U.S. economy by 2050 that identifies opportunities for job creation and growth for the nation, ending our addiction to fossil fuels with the power of efficiency and renewables. Reinventing Fire makes clear that, rather than investing in the status quo, America’s business leaders have a prime opportunity to make smart choices and create the core industries of the new energy era.

Few commitments last 40 years, but as the 2011 CGI meeting kicks off today in New York, RMI’s commitment to Reinventing Fire is stronger than ever.    

“Since RMI made its Reinventing Fire commitment at CGI last year, we've completed an ambitious amount of research and synthesis,” Pickett said. “Built on our 30 years of research and work in the field, RMI's findings show business leaders how to run a 158%-larger 2050 economy using no oil, coal, or nuclear, and one-third less natural gas.”

While RMI has accomplished a great deal in the past year, this is only the beginning of a sustained institute-wide effort to drive an energy future powered by efficiency and renewables.

“We've come this far, and now it is time to harness the power of business to drive implementation,” said RMI CEO Michael Potts. “We are excited to see who’s with us as we build a broader Reinventing Fire community.”

Follow the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative live via webcast, or on Twitter and Facebook. If you are attending the event, be sure to catch Amory Lovins on Wednesday, September 21 as he discusses the opportunities for business leaders to tackle the consumption of fossil fuels and reap bottom-line savings. 


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September 22, 2011

I Hope Clean cook stoves were discussed.

Secretary Clinton Makes a big Announcement with The Global Stove Initiative;

State Dept. Release;
100 million clean-burning stoves in kitchens around the world.

Biochar Work in Nine Developing Countries:

World Bank Study: The survey data from 150 biochar projects located in 38 developing countries is available now on the IBI website at: http://www.biochar-international.org/sites/default/files/IBI_Survey_5-11-11_online.pdf.

The IBI now has 33 biochar affiliates around the world -- including in China, India, Japan UK, US, Australia, Korea, Canada, Italy and Israel.
Note also that our Japanese colleagues in the Japan Biochar Association have a very long tradition of biochar use and have been developing "modern methods" over the last thirty years. A governmental act officially acknowledged charcoal as a "soil ameliorator" back in 1988 and have completed work using Biochar as an in situ sorbent of Cd, and starting work on heavy metal radio-isotopes.

PRO-NATURA INTERNATIONAL has the largest numbers of agroforestry soil-C & Biochar projects. Certainly the largest NGO, across the global south. They are very sensitive in both design and co-opting local social values for creating self perpetuated systems. Like the Exponential growth of biologic systems. http://pronatura.org/index.php

The Biochar Fund has doubled subsistence farmer's incomes;
Exceptional results from biochar experiment in Cameroon
The broad smiles of 1500 subsistence farmers say it all, that , and the size of the Biochar corn root balls

October 10, 2011

Fire oxidizes carbon; Pyrolysis reduces carbon!

We can reinvent fire to be a new carbon-negative technology, while simultaneously creating a valuable by-product, biochar.

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