The Forum Seeks to:
- improve understanding of an important energy/environment problem by harnessing the collective capabilities of participating experts
- explain the strengths, limitations and caveats of alternative analytical approaches, and
- identify high priority directions for future research.
The value of our approach has been widely recognized by business and government leaders in the energy and climate change areas. The United States Association for Energy Economics recognized the Forum with the prestigious Adelman-Frankel Award for its “unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics.” You may also be interested in reading what a former member of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors said about the Forum’s work on global climate change.
The heart of each EMF study is an ad hoc working group, organized to examine a single topic to which many existing models can be applied. The working group chairman and the issues to be studied are determined before the working group is formed, with the chairman helping to recruit the working group members. Individual invited to participate in a study are considered to have expertise in the topic under investigation. A working group consists of 50-100 members, comprised of equal numbers of model builders and users. These individuals represent a mix of corporate, academic and government perspectives. The goal is to form a diverse working group, composed of members familiar with models and modeling, policy issues, and with a desire to improve the application of models to policy and planning processes. (more about EMF working groups)
EMF is an international forum for sharing and facilitating discussions on energy policy and global climate issues among experts.
Participating leading institutions from around the world include: