Decarbonizing U.S. Industry with Renewable Thermal Energy

2030 Climate Challenge
World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and David Gardiner and Associates will harness collective corporate demand through the Renewable Thermal Collaborative to drive investments in technology, markets, and policy to increase industrial renewable thermal energy by 150% over the next decade, slashing industrial thermal emissions by 30% by 2030.

Last Updated: January 2023
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2030 Climate Challenge
Climate Change & Environment
Current Work Location(s):
  • United States of America
  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • United States of America
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

Industrial heat is required to make many essential products, creating 12.5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing these emissions, and the many market, technological, and policy barriers that prevent companies from using renewable heat sources, is critical to meet 1.5°C climate goals. WWF, C2ES, and DGA jointly manage the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, the first coalition of buyers, sellers, and service providers dedicated to scaling renewable thermal solutions. Through this Collaborative, we will leverage energy buyers’ demand to accelerate market development, educate policymakers, and lower technology costs. We will engage hundreds of organizations to catalyze systems change, support on-the-ground renewable thermal projects to accelerate learning and scaling of renewable thermal solutions, and work with partners to ensure a just transition for workers. We will increase the use of renewable thermal energy by 150% over the next decade, leading to a 30% decrease in industrial thermal emissions by 2030.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

World Wildlife Fund

Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
501 to 1,000
Annual Operating Budget
$100.1 to 500 Million

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