Where the World Connects for Energy Policy

Energy is the cornerstone of modern civilization. It impacts every area of our lives – from how we get to work and feed our families, to the world economy and global security. Energy shapes the prosperity and sustainability of people and the planet. Energy policy solutions informed by rigorous research and dialogue are key to addressing climate change, increasing access to energy and sparking innovation for a thriving global energy economy.

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA advances smart, actionable and evidence-based energy and climate solutions through research, education and dialogue. 


To make sense of the global energy landscape, we need data-driven and actionable policy solutions that respond to the challenges of today in real time. CGEP produces best-in-class academic research delivered in formats and timeframes that are accessible and useful outside of academia. Based at one of the top research universities, we deliver clear, cutting-edge analysis and recommendations.


Too often, decision makers struggle to find independent, fact-based analysis and the specific information they need to solve the immense challenges facing the energy sector. CGEP was founded for this purpose. CGEP bridges the gap between academic research and policy. Our scholars and fellows – senior energy experts from government, academia, industry and nongovernmental organizations – are frequently called upon to provide policy makers and global business leaders with the information, analysis and insight they need.


Conversations around energy and climate are becoming more polarized. We need global, multidisciplinary, cross-sector dialogue to share ideas, create solutions and foster cooperation. CGEP is the premier hub and policy lab for global energy thought leadership. Located in the world’s financial capital, we connect policy makers, business and civil society leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and journalists, creating a global forum that provides insight to decision makers tasked with solving the world’s energy challenges.


We need advances in policy, technology and finance to unlock energy and climate solutions. Achieving these advances requires policies informed by high-caliber research and diverse and innovative energy leaders. CGEP is training tomorrow’s thinkers, leaders and communicators. Programs like the Energy and Environment concentration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and CGEP’s Women in Energy and Energy Journalism initiatives provide education, career and mentorship opportunities to the next generation of energy and climate leaders.