About Near Zero
Near Zero’s only agenda is helping to identify ways to quickly cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero.
We perform research and analysis on near-term climate and energy policy as well as long-term technology pathways.
We focus on informing state-level policy in California, and how California’s policies are affected by and could influence decisions in other states, as well as nationally and internationally.
We employ a variety of lenses, including legal and policy analysis, scenario evaluation, and model forensics.
In addition to original analyses, Near Zero develops software for assessing the range of expert perspectives on critical strategic issues, highlighting where experts differ and why.
With a combination of expertise across the natural, social, and engineering sciences, our team is uniquely positioned to serve as an honest broker on climate mitigation strategies.
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.
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…
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…
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…
chair of the board
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…
Seth Nickell designed and develops the Near Zero elicitation system.
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 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 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…