Richard Heede


CPR Initiative Board of Advisors

Climate Accountability Institute

Richard Heede leads the Climate Accountability Institute and serves as the principal investigator for its widely-cited “Carbon Majors” project, which traces historical CO2 emissions to oil, natural gas, and coal companies. He has authored/co-authored several papers on the climate responsibilities of fossil fuel producers.  Rick co-founded CAI in 2011 to provide the scientific basis for leveraging climate stewardship by carbon producers. Rick published his thesis A Geography of Carbon with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1984. He worked on energy and climate solutions with the Rocky Mountain Institute 1984-2002, and founded Climate Mitigation Services in 2003. Rick’s passive-solar rammed-earth home cuts carbon emissions by two-thirds. To offset these savings he flies a 1958 Cessna 1.