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Energy touches every person on the planet, and it is vital to our daily lives. Meeting the energy needs of a growing world population, heading towards 9 billion by mid-century, requires collaboration and partnership. Only together can we build a sustainable energy future. That is why Shell, in partnership with National Geographic, launched The Great Energy Challenge in 2010.

The Great Energy Challenge convenes and engages both energy experts and members of the public in solutions-based thinking and dialogue about our shared energy future.

The global initiative includes greatenergychallenge.com, a digital site featuring one of the most comprehensive sources of energy news in the world; a series of grants that support innovative energy projects around the world; and a live event series, The Big Energy Question.

The Great Energy Challenge is guided by a distinguished panel of advisors led by Thomas Lovejoy, a National Geographic Conservation Fellow and renowned biologist, and comprises some of the world’s foremost researchers and scientists. The panel also identifies and provides support for Great Energy Challenge Grants, which to date have provided funding for 29 local pilot projects around the world producing innovative energy solutions.

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The Big Energy Question in São Paulo, in November 2014, asked what the future holds for Brazil’s energy picture. Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars takes to the podium

The Big Energy Question – a live event platform – aims to move the discussion of key energy issues from the theoretical to the practical. The event series brings together senior level experts from science and academia, government and policy, NGOs, and business and industry, to discuss and debate a critical question related to the future of energy.

See all upcoming Big Energy Question events or read about past events.