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Dave Mullaney

Sr. Associate


Dave is a Senior Associate who is leading RMI’s research on efficient transportation in China. His primary research focus is on measures that could reduce the cost and energy intensity of freight transportation. Those measure include shifting freight to more efficient modes of transport, optimizing the use of transportation resources through technology and logistics, as well as introducing NPV positive, energy saving technologies to improve the vehicles themselves.  Dave has spoken at multiple conferences in China and published in Chinese journals on clean, efficient freight transportation in China.


Prior to joining RMI, Dave worked at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and UBS in Stamford, CT. At Deutsche Bank, he was a member of the Autobahn Equity trading team who provided high-speed automated equity trading tools to institutional investors, analyzed trade performance and consulted with asset managers on how they could use technology to optimize their trading. At UBS he worked in the exotic equity derivatives group. Dave has spent over 5 years living in Hong Kong and Mainland China and has been learning Chinese for over 10 years.

RMI Select Projects

Reinventing Fire: China – research global best practice for freight transportation and potential implementation barriers in China. Primary research focuses are on infrastructure and its effects on mode selection and asset utilization, logistics practices and their potential to decrease energy intensity of freight transport, and energy efficiency of vehicles and cost effective measures to improve fuel economy.

Design Charrette on Chinese Logistics and Trucking Efficiency – convened over 60 stakeholders from the Chinese logistics and trucking system (government, industry, academia, civil society) to identify measures to reduce the cost and emissions of trucking in China. RMI worked with stakeholders to identify near term feasible solutions to high-energy use in the trucking industry.

Alliance of Pioneer Peaking Cities – work with China’s National Development and Reform Commission to enable Chinese cities to reach earlier, lower carbon emissions peaks through cost effective carbon mitigation measures.


  • BA, Economics & International Relations, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Master of International Affairs, Energy Management and Policy, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
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