Energy & Society
About The Energy & Society Program
GMF’s Energy & Society Program advances transatlantic leadership on scalable policy and business solutions to reduce the risks of climate change and achieve a low-carbon, secure, and affordable energy future, while conserving natural resources.
The Program works to support transatlantic cooperation on U.S. and EU domestic climate and energy policies and international climate and energy cooperation more broadly. GMF believes that transatlantic cooperation on these issues is both mutually beneficial and essential for global leadership to avoid dangerous climate change. GMF seeks to inform the debate with objective data and the best examples of successful policies that could be shared across the Atlantic or more widely. Finally, GMF believes that international progress on climate and energy policy depends on the broadening of the debate away from a narrow focus on environmental policy to something that informs all social, economic, and foreign policy.
Through transatlantic dialogues, policy briefs and longer publications, and study tours, the Energy & Society Program engages policymakers, business leaders, academics, and members of the NGO community from both sides of the Atlantic.
Energy & Society Program Initiatives
The Energy Transition Forum was created in 2012 to provide a regular venue for open, structured, and fact-based dialogue among senior leaders from the private and public sectors in the United States and Europe about the market conditions and policy frameworks needed for a timely transition to a secure, affordable, and low-carbon energy future. Its intention is to bring together a coalition of leaders to produce new thinking on how to address the key challenges facing the energy system.
GMF’s Central Eastern Europe Energy Security Forum brings together the most experienced and relevant analysts, government officials, and opinion makers from the wider region (including the EU Institutions and the United States, as well as other interested stakeholders) in a regular, data-informed discussion on issues of energy policy that are relevant for the region and the broader transatlantic policy community. The Forum reflects the increasing interest of U.S. as well as European companies in exploring new unconventional sources of energy in that region, the U.S. strategic interest in promoting European energy security, the ongoing debate about reforms in the EU energy market, and the long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in both Europe and the United States.
GMF’s Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project addresses the political and economic implications, risks and opportunities of the recent energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Major discoveries of natural gas off the shores of Israel and Cyprus — and potentially elsewhere — could bring to the region the benefits of energy security, economic gains, and a cleaner environment. But the region’s energy choices are fraught with political risks and policy dilemmas.