Carnegie Mellon University

Laboratory for Energy and Organizations (LEO)

The Laboratory for Energy and Organizations, an initiative of the Wilton E. Scott Energy Institute for Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to understand how energy producers and users are responding to climate change by mitigate GHG emissions from national and local policies, peers, suppliers, and buyers, among other sources. Research projects focus on these responses at both the global and local scales.

Global Scale Projects
  • Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in global supply chains
  • Interaction of corporate carbon neutrality pledges, global climate regimes, and domestic policies
  • Design and certification of GHG offsets
  • Monitoring, reporting, and verification of GHG emissions
Local Scale Projects
  • Regional strategies for low carbon transition, with a focus on energy-specialized communities in the United States and Europe
  • Organizational responses to policy change
  • Evolving energy clusters – focus on hydrogen hubs, iron and steel industry
  • Climate and air pollution interactions 

Related Activities

Managing Energy Transitions Lab

A capstone project course focused on helping companies improve the energy efficiency of their internal operations and/or meet climate goals through changes to energy production and consumption, and respond to diverse institutional/regulatory settings. Target size five teams of four working with five different companies/organizations.

Executive Education (coming soon!)

Climate-Proofing Your Business (or Organization), with a focus how to match a company’s (organization’s) existing capabilities to the challenges and emerging opportunities associated with deep decarbonization. The course will: (1) present the basics of climate change and energy systems, (2) examine vulnerabilities to physical and transition risks, (3) familiarize participants with the basics and current frontier/potential of technological and behavioral low carbon energy solutions, (4) assist members of the organization in evaluating adjacent and “Greenfield” technology strategies/business models in energy, and (5), if desired, help teams develop customized transition roadmaps for their organization.