The energy industry is an integral part of the solution to addressing the twin challenges of securing energy supply and tackling climate change. Statoil is investing in research and the development of new technologies that will help to make the shift from carbon intensive energy sources such as coal to gas and renewables. But good ideas can come from anywhere and this competition is to encourage people to share their ideas and to create awareness and debate around these challenges.

Launched in October 2013, this competition looks to stimulate discussion and generate ideas, focused on three core categories:

1. Skills for innovation – taking a closer look at innovation skills and how critical they are to the energy sector;

2. Diversifying our energy mix – tackling the joint challenges of a booming population and depleting energy resources;

3. Ensuring access to energy in developing countries – focusing on how we can ensure access to energy for the 1.5 billion people that have no access to electricity today.

Students, graduates, business executives and energy experts were invited to contribute their ideas and views on these issues in the form of a written essay, video or infographic by 17:00 GMT on 23rd December 2013.

The judging process
Entries are currently under review by our high-level panel of judges who specialise in each category, including Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency; Dr Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group; Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council; and Jose Goldemberg, Brazil’s former Secretary of State for Science and Technology.

The shortlist
The Economist Intelligence Unit is pleased to announce the shortlist. Please find the full shortlist here >>.

The competition culminates in a 90 minute live webcast on 25th March 2014, facilitated by The Economist Intelligence Unit. This webcast will bring together four energy experts and the competition winner to debate how these challenges should be approached.

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