The Global Energy Security Forum is a multi-disciplinary effort supported by the College of Engineering's Applied Research Center (ARC), the College of Business Administration (CBA) and the School of International and Public Affairs. The objective of the Forum is to advance energy security through efficiency, diversification, and sustainability.
Advancing Energy Security Through Efficiency, Diversification and Sustainability
The focus of the Global Energy Security Forum is two-fold. First, it is to inform and educate diverse audiences about the economic, political, business, environmental and security realities of energy. Second, through conferences, research and publications, the Forum hopes to act as a catalyst for the public and private sectors to develop a diverse portfolio of commercially sustainable alternative fuels, many of which will be renewable and based on new technologies.
Cheap and abundant fossil fuels turned the 20th Century into the Age of Hydrocarbons and gasoline into the world’s dominant transportation fuel. However, rising prices, concerns about the environment and security of supply are forcing governments and businesses to find ways to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, particularly in the area of transportation. This is an enormous challenge.
Energy is critical to life and fossil fuels supply 80% of that energy for the world in general and 85% for the U.S. in particular. Oil provides over 40% of the energy Americans consume and more than 90% of its transportation fuels. In fact, in the U.S. no price is more controversial or ubiquitous than the price of gasoline.
Petroleum has been used by civilizations for millennia. Modern civilization would not be possible without petroleum and the thousands of products derived from it. Oil plays a central role in global economics, politics, business and national security, not to mention the daily lives of billions of people. Every day things made from oil touch everyone in countless ways through products used in medicine, agriculture, personal hygiene, computers and transportation, to mention but a few.