Mines Global Energy Future Initiative


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. 

Calendar of Events

Thu 25
Apr 07

Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am MDT

Our launch event was a Jan. 21 webinar featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Daniel Yergin of The Quest and The Prize discussing his book

Themes Include

Oil and Gas

Designing an interdisciplinary and shared research agenda to understand the role of oil and gas in the energy future

Critical Minerals

Impacts of the future energy system on demand for minerals and the implications on markets, trade, geopolitics and technology


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


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


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

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


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

Earth Observation

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

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 for our global energy future.

Why Mines?

Initiative Member will Benefit From

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.

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

   – Education: 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

   – Meetings: 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

Year-long 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.


John Bradford
Vice President
for Global Initiatives

Morgan D. Bazilian
Payne Institute for Public Policy

For more information about the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative at the Colorado School of Mines, please contact our Strategy and Operations Manager, Gregory Clough, at gclough@mines.edu.