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About Near Zero

Mission

Near Zero’s only agenda is helping the world find ways to quickly cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero.

We analyze long-term energy technology pathways to inform near-term decisions in energy R&D investing. We also pursue applied research designed to connect near-term climate and energy policy discussions with the long-term requirements of energy system transitions.

In addition to original research, Near Zero develops software for assessing the range of expert perspectives on critical strategy questions, highlighting where experts differ and why.

With a combination of expertise across the natural, social, and engineering sciences, our team is uniquely positioned to act as an honest broker on climate mitigation strategies, providing insights to guide leaders in the private and public sectors alike.

Contact us

 

We’re always exploring new avenues for research as well as new applications of our tools, in collaboration with partners including researchers, journalists, and other organizations. If you have project ideas or are interested in using our technology, please get in touch.

 

General inquiries: Mike Mastrandrea, mikemas@nearzero.org
Press inquiries:  Mason Inman, minman@nearzero.org

Team

Karen Fries

Karen Fries

co-director

Karen Fries worked at Microsoft from 1987 to 2007 in both product groups and research, where she built, managed and worked with teams on a wide range of software products and technologies. Her main interest was on user interface design…

Michael Mastrandrea

Michael Mastrandrea

co-director

Michael Mastrandrea worked for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2009 until he joined Near Zero in 2015. As Co-Director of Science for the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit…

Danny Cullenward

Danny Cullenward

research

Danny Cullenward is an energy economist and lawyer working on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy. Before joining Near Zero, Danny taught climate law and policy…

Matthew Shaner

Matthew Shaner

research

Matt Shaner received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he was a Fellow of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, and he studied solar-to-fuel systems…

Mason Inman

Mason Inman

research, communications

Mason Inman handles Near Zero’s communications and also is involved with most facets of the organization’s research. Previously, Mason worked as a journalist for a dozen years…

Seth Nickell

Seth Nickell

coding

Seth Nickell designed and develops the Near Zero elicitation system.

Advisers

Steve Davis

Steve Davis

professor

Steve Davis is an Assistant Professor in Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research has focused on carbon emissions embodied in international trade…

Ken Caldeira

Ken Caldeira

professor

Ken Caldeira is a senior member of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology staff and a professor, by courtesy, in Stanford’s Environmental Earth System Sciences department….

Nathan Lewis

Nathan Lewis

professor

Nathan Lewis is a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and has been active in the solar fuels/solar chemical field for over 40 years…

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