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Independent Research

High standards of academic integrity

The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) is committed to independent and nonpartisan research that meets the high standards of academic integrity and quality at Columbia University. CGEP was founded on the principle that no outside organization or individual will influence the work of its scholars in a way that determines policy recommendations or outcomes. Our scholars carry out their research by following facts and evidence wherever they lead, independently and free from any influence or control by funders or other interest groups.

Though the center’s scholars work with outside groups on a range of issues core to CGEP’s mission, the center does not engage in lobbying or advocacy work and does not promote the interests of any donor or third party. This does not, however, preclude instances where the findings of a research project by our scholars may support the findings of other institutions or groups. CGEP is supported through contributions to Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs from a variety of sources, including foundations, corporations, and individual donors who share Columbia University’s commitment to improving energy policy through rigorous and independent analysis and engaged dialogue on global climate and energy issues. Funding does not equal influence. It is not possible for any funding to pay for a specific research result.

CGEP and its scholars must adhere to strict conflict of interest policies established by Columbia University to protect against real or perceived risks to the integrity of research. All gifts to SIPA must be approved by and adhere to the University’s robust review and approval of all funding.