Global Energy Future Initiative

A scientific, data-driven approach
to informing the global energy future

Shaping Our Future

Join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy as we bring together global energy thought leaders and world-class Colorado School of Mines faculty through workshops, seminars, research and outreach.

Connecting Mines scientific, data-driven approach to energy with partners from academia, industry, government and civil society to inform and shape our Global Energy Future.

Upcoming Event

The Mines Global Energy Future Initiative presents Susan Shannon, Vice President Government Relations, International Organizations and Policy, Shell, presenting a webinar titled Powering Progress on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).

Impactful Themes

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Oil and Gas

Designing interdisciplinary research focused on the science, engineering and policy of oil and gas in the net-zero energy future

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Minerals & Metals

Finding solutions to meet the minerals and metals needs to create our future energy system, including sustainable mining practices; technological innovations in mining; and the role of markets, economics and policy

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Advanced Energy Systems

Developing renewable, secure, resilient, and adaptive energy infrastructure that fosters economic growth while reducing environmental impact

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Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage (CCUS)

Multidisciplinary approach to scientific, engineering and policy research on net zero emissions technological innovations

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Circular Economy

Focusing on recycling of energy related materials and creating a cradle to cradle approach to energy systems, moving to a zero waste future

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Supply Chain Transparency

Understanding how the future energy system will impact the global supply chain and the associated effects on markets, communities and the environment

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Clean Water Innovations

Role of technology innovation in reimagining global water in the future energy system

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Earth Observation

Utilizing cutting-edge monitoring technology and data to improve visibility and transparency related to global emissions, climate, economic activity and security

Benefits for Initiative Members

Research and Data

Access to Mines’ applied knowledge and data-driven approach to shape a net-zero energy future


Invest in teaching the future energy leaders across the energy system at the intersection of science, technology and policy

Interdisciplinary Excellence

Leverage Mines’ broad technical expertise throughout the energy system to create a comprehensive understanding of future energy opportunities and challenges


Come together with the top minds from academia, industry, government and civil society to support global energy decision-makers

Collaborations and Partnerships

Join stakeholders throughout the energy system working together to advance the common good

Future Benefits

Yearlong program benefits will include:

  • Invitation to Annual Meeting with energy experts in the mountains of Colorado
  • Participation in workshops, lectures and roundtables between relevant stakeholders
  • Facilitated pubic engagement though webinars and seminars
  • Engagement with world-class faculty and students
  • Access to cutting-edge data, relevant reports, PhD theses
    and research highlighting energy trends
  • Payne Energy Futures Research Grant: Internal Mines faculty and students in interdisciplinary teams will apply for annual funding through a research grant, culminating in presentations on technical outputs/results with presentations to move forward as part of the initiative programming.

Why Mines?

Since 1874, Mines has been a pioneer at the frontiers of science and engineering, from locating and recovering earth resources, to energy production, to environmental stewardship.

Over time, Mines’ expertise expanded to meet the changing needs of industry and society, playing key roles in the growth of the global energy and natural resource industries. We are now positioned to leverage that deep expertise through a data-driven approach to informing the global energy future, in collaboration with academia, industry, government and civil society partners.


John Bradford

John Bradford

Vice President for Global Initiatives

Morgan Bazilian

Morgan Bazilian

Director, Payne Institute for Public Policy

For more information about the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative at the Colorado School of Mines, please contact our Deputy Director, Gregory Clough, at


As Colorado School of Mines approaches our sesquicentennial, we are ideally suited to lead this initiative. Our bold and ambitious MINES@150 strategic plan builds on the exceptional legacy of our PAST, the ways we impact the PRESENT and the POSSIBILITIES of our global energy future.

Payne Institute for Public Policy