Reinventing Fire: Changing the energy rules for a growing economy

Robert ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, Rocky Mountain Institute, USA

Co-presented with the US Studies Centre

3 April

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a US based organisation which specialises in delivering sustainable options and strategic scenarios for communities to improve the liveability of cities. Its mission is “to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources” especially via integrative design and systems thinking. Their strategic focus, executed through specific initiatives, is to map and drive the transition from coal and oil to efficient and renewable energies and holistic approaches to develop liveable cities. Since 1982 they have designed and applied many innovations to help make the world richer, fairer, cooler, and safer – from contributions toward tripled-efficiency cars, trucks, and airplanes, power and water efficiency, renewable energy, community economic development, and more.

RMI’s next initiative is Reinventing Fire, a program that will bring together 30 years of innovation. It aims to change the way most people have been getting and using energy since the Industrial Revolution. It will clarify choices on how to speed the transition away from the use of fossil fuels, by showing what exists, what works, what makes sense and makes money, and what can change the world.

‘Hutch’ Hutchinson’s talk for Sydney Ideas will focus on strategies for Australia to create a new energy future. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts, including Professor Peter Phibbs (University of Sydney), Dr Martin Poole (The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering) and Professor Ed Blakeley (US Studies Centre), and an opportunity to ask questions.

Hutch Hutchinson is a guest of the United States Studies Centre and is participating in the Delivering a Sustainable Future City workshop, supported by New South Wales Trade and Investment.