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. Indeed, CGEP is bound by a set of strict policies laid out by Columbia University that support the independence of its researchers and their work. 

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. 

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. They 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. Funding does not equal influence. It is not possible for any funding to pay for a specific research result. 

The review process for CGEP publications is similar to many academic journals. All CGEP research papers go through at least a two-stage review process, including an internal review by CGEP and/or broader Columbia University scholars and researchers, as well as the editorial team. This review is followed by a double-blind review with external referees, comprised of academics as well as, when beneficial, energy experts from the public, private, and NGO sectors.

This process reflects CGEP’s goal of publishing analytical, rigorous work related to critical and timely energy issues in a way that is accessible to the energy policy makers and leaders working on these issues.