The Energy, Environment and Resources department (EER) seeks to advance the international debate on energy, environment and development policy and to influence and enable decision-makers - governments, NGOs and business - to take well-informed decisions that contribute to achieving sustainable development. Independent of any actor or ideology, we do this by carrying out innovative research on major policy challenges, bringing together diverse perspectives and constituencies, and injecting new ideas into the international arena.

Research Focus

Our research is focused on three main areas:

1. Promoting Climate Security

Research in this area aims to provide innovative analysis and promote practical policy options that will help facilitate the transition to a low carbon future. Creative dialogues and publications are designed to engage major actors (including Japan, US, EU, China and India), strengthen bilateral engagement (such as EU-China and US-China) and build strategic alliances around technical solutions to address fault-line issues.

2. Enabling Energy Security

Research in this area informs and facilitates debate on energy issues including:

Changing oil and gas supply and demand dynamics: drivers, global economic and geopolitical impacts and policy responses

Strategic (economic, development, security) implications of energy extraction, delivery and use for producing and consuming countries

Energy policy-making in a changing world: appropriate responses at national, regional and global level

3. Strengthening Sustainable Development Solutions

Research in this area analyses new developments, designs global solutions (from technical assistance to regulatory measures) and convenes global stakeholder forums on resource management including timber and fisheries. The relationship between business and sustainable development is also considered.

Research Activity

The department regularly hosts workshops and meetings which provide a neutral and non-confrontational forum where experts from different perspectives are able to network and meet to freely exchange views and experiences. 

The activities of the department build on an unique combination of strengths:

The intellectual credibility of our research, recognised throughout the world

Independence from any vested interest, whether national, corporate or pressure group

The convening power of Chatham House, internationally known as a neutral forum for meeting and debate

The integration of energy, environmental and business issues with international implications