The UQ Energy Initiative was established to provide a strategic framework for energy research at The University of Queensland (UQ). Under the directorship of Professor Chris Greig, we aim to bring together multidisciplinary research capability to address the significant energy challenges facing today's world, and connect that capability with industry and government partners. Facilitating engagement between the university's best researchers and leaders in industry and government, UQ is uniquely placed to understand and address the challenges ahead. Our energy research focuses on transforming traditional energy technologies and systems, while supporting renewable energy technologies and the development of new concepts and emerging solutions. Complementing this technology research, we are developing significant programs mapping social change and the economic and environmental impacts of the new energy era.