Nate Aden

Senior Fellow WRI


Nate Aden is a Senior Fellow with WRI’s Business Center, as well as the WRI Climate Program. Nate conducts interdisciplinary research on sector transformation, methods to align company GHG targets with ambitious climate scenarios, and components of country-level GHG-GDP divergence. Beyond research, Nate works directly with companies, industry associations, and other stakeholders to map and implement pathways to an equitable low-carbon economy.

Prior to joining WRI, Nate conducted energy efficiency research with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Over five years with LBL, Nate’s projects were focused on energy efficiency policy, assessment of Chinese urban form energy use and emissions, Chinese energy data, transport electrification and renewable electricity scenario analysis, the coal sector, and the steel sector. Prior to LBL Nate lived in Shanghai for 2.5 years, where he worked for the U.S. Consulate. In combination with living in Singapore and miscellaneous travel to the region, Nate has lived in Asia for more than 10 years.

Nate holds a Master of Science degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. He plans to complete his PhD dissertation with the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.