Centers & Programs

Energy Security and Climate Change Program

Climate change poses grave risks to humanity in the twenty first century; confronting it will require a massive transformation of the world’s energy systems. Although fossil fuels like oil and gas still shape global geopolitics, the destructive impacts wrought by a changing climate highlight the need to speed the transition toward clean energy. Yet, even as countries invest in clean energy to reduce emissions, they will need to adapt in order to build resilience to the worsening extremes fueled by climate change—record-setting heat waves, raging wildfires, deepening droughts, damaging floods, and intensifying storms. The program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations informs scientists, business leaders, policymakers, and the public about how to navigate tomorrow’s energy and environment landscapes.
78% of the world's energy needs through 2040 are expected to be supplied by fossil fuels, even though clean energy production will rapidly grow.

Program Experts

Alice C. Hill

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment