Carbon War Room

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Carbon War Room
Carbon War Room corporate logo.png
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
FocusLow-carbon transition
  • 205 East 16th St M1B, New York, NY 10003
Coordinates40°44′00″N 73°58′59″W / 40.7334286°N 73.9830945°W / 40.7334286; -73.9830945

The Carbon War Room (CWR) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) and think tank working on issues regarding market-based solutions to climate change. While its main offices are in London, New York City, and Washington, D.C., Carbon War Room also has associates around the world.[1] It was founded by Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson and merged with the Rocky Mountain Institute in December 2014.


Founded by Richard Branson and founding CEO Jigar Shah in 2009, the Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change and create a post-carbon economy.[2]

Its current president is José María Figueres, formerly the President of Costa Rica, and following its merger in December 2014 with the Rocky Mountain Institute the overall leader is Jules Kortenhorst [nl].[3]


CWR has various initiatives in operation including shipping efficiency, green capital, renewable jet fuels and smart island economies.[4]

The focus of CWR includes these major environmental areas: agriculture, energy supply, forestry, industry, buildings, transport, and waste management.

Ten Island Challenge[edit]

Launched in 2012 at Rio+20, the Ten Island Challenge is a project to move electrical generation on islands to sustainable sources of power instead of the diesel generators they currently depend on. The project gains its name from its initial goal of moving over ten islands and then expanding from there.[3]

Examples of islands signed up are Aruba, Necker, British Virgin Islands, San Andrés, Dominica, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas,[5] and Turks and Caicos.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Branson's Carbon War Room Puts Industry on Front Line". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. ^ "Carbon War Room Board". Carbon War Room. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  3. ^ a b Trigg, Tali. "Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Join Forces". Scientific American. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Carbon War Room Sectors". Carbon War Room. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  5. ^ Hill, Joshua S. "Bahamas Join Richard Branson's Carbon War Room". Clean Technica. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ Burger, Andrew. "Six Caribbean Islands Sign On to Replace Diesel with Renewables".