Principal, Industry Program
Rocky Mountain Institute
Paolo Natali is a principal with RMI’s Industry Program, with a mission to enable low-carbon commodities by cleaning up the value chains of materials, most prominently steel, metals, cement and chemicals. While RMI's traditional workstream so far has been about serving industrial players directly, via the provision of techno-economic modeling for solutions to the challenge of decarbonizing industrial energy, it is also focused on creating market-based mechanisms to channel the growing demands of consumers and investors for low-carbon commodities, leveraging accountability drivers such as robust emissions tracking and transparency. RMI's global team of energy and industry experts, spanning nine time zones from Colorado to South Africa, has advised on over 500 MW of projects between the Americas, Africa and Australia, working with industry leaders such as BHP, Anglo American and Gold Fields.
The Initiative, and Paolo’s role, build on over four years of experience in Sunshine for Mines, the former RMI program on carbon reduction in the mining industry. We have been advising our clients (and continue to do so) on serving the electric load of their operating sites, repurposing their closed sites into renewable energy facilities, as well as broader energy innovation and strategies related to non-electric load, non-energy emissions, and carbon pathways encompassing all of the above.