The Global Energy Center has become a go-to policy organization for governments, industry, and civil society looking to understand and navigate the energy transition, with the ultimate goal of helping shape a world with secure and sustainable energy.
The Global Energy Center works to generate pragmatic solutions to the challenges presented by the rapidly changing energy landscape and enhance energy security for countries and individuals around the world.
how we work
The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, the engagements we convene, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.
The Global Energy Center works with its government, corporate, and civil society partners to help them navigate the changing global energy landscape. Through its in-house and external experts, and in close collaboration with the Council’s regional centers and functional programs, the Global Energy Center convenes high-level gatherings in Washington, DC and beyond—including our annual Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi—to provide a space for a public debate on regional and global energy issues. The Center produces timely and relevant analysis and engages directly with policymakers, business leaders, and academic experts to inform and shape the energy policy debate in capitals around the world.
Geopolitics and Energy Security
The Global Energy Center works to pinpoint key trends at the intersection of energy and geopolitics that could disrupt regional stability and global energy markets. Leveraging the Council’s analytical and convening power, the center engages with key stakeholders to consider the geopolitical implications of energy needs —in terms of supply, demand, and transit—and of the geographic, economic, and social factors that impact those needs.
Understanding and Managing the Energy Transition
The global energy mix is changing, and navigating the rapidly evolving markets and shifting geopolitics is more challenging than ever. Using the latest research to identify market trends and model future scenarios to understand potential disruption, the Global Energy Center builds strategies for policy makers and business leaders as they work to navigate the changing global energy landscape.
New Models for Climate Action
In 2018, the Global Energy Center launched a new initiative that looks beyond Washington Beltway partisanship to find common ground and alter the conversation about climate change. By emphasizing green technology as a tool for US military, economic, and diplomatic leadership, the Global Energy Center hopes to identify lessons and best practices to support global climate change efforts and expand access to sustainable energy at home and abroad.
Energy Markets and Governance
Energy producers and consumers alike are managing an uncertain future for oil prices, new possibilities for market integration, and the continued growth of renewables. Meanwhile, policy intervention impacts the energy landscape, from the use of energy sanctions as a foreign policy tool, to incentivizing new—or old—energy sources. The Global Energy Center seeks to interpret these dynamics and build new frameworks for the business and policy communities to manage energy uncertainty.
The Global Energy Center’s work is supported by a team with an extensive range of experience and expertise on a variety of critical energy issues.
energy advisory group
The Atlantic Council’s Energy Advisory Group (EAG) comprises a small number of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s highest-level partners and stakeholders. The EAG meets at least twice each year to discuss the GEC’s vision and strategy, and it remains in close contact with the GEC’s founding chairman and director throughout the year to provide guidance on areas of growth, programming, and fundraising. The EAG is chaired by David Goldwyn, former US Department of State special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs.
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The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.
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