The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), based at Princeton University, is an independent academic research program investigating the dual challenge of the energy transition with a focus on climate change and low-carbon technologies for adaptation and mitigation. Sponsored by BP and administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), CMI is Princeton’s largest and most long-term industry- university relationship.
Commencing in 2000 with a 10-year contract, the program has since undergone three five-year renewals with BP (2010-15, 2015-20, and the latest 2020-25). Given the continued success of the program, BP entered into negotiations with Princeton for this third renewal in early 2018 with the goal of supporting CMI through 2025. The contract was completed and signed in December 2018. Total BP support will be over $56 million during the 25 years.
CMI currently includes 17 lead faculty principal investigators (PIs) and over 60 research staff and students. Its mission is to lead the way to compelling and sustainable solutions to the carbon and climate change problem. The goal of the program is to bring together scientists, engineers, and policy experts to design carbon mitigations strategies that are safe, effective, and affordable. Since its beginning, CMI has been committed to the dissemination of its research findings so they may benefit the larger scientific community, government, industry, and the general public.