Energy Crossroads was born as a local conference in the spring of 2007 at University of Stanford, USA. The conference was initiated, planned, and hosted by students who felt the need to put focus on the global energy challenges in their community. The theme of the conference was to address the energy challenges from a viewpoint of a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.
The conference being a huge success – key speakers including Thomas Friedman, among other highly acclaimed personalities – decided to test the concept and see if this could be turned into a truly global coalition of young people collaborating towards common goals. So, in the late summer 2007 the Stanford group traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, and later Copenhagen, Denmark where they together with Swedish and Danish students formed the initial outline of what is today Energy Folks and Energy Crossroads Denmark (ECDK).
Today, ECDK consists of students and young professionals, with multiple academic backgrounds and affiliations to a large variety of academic institutions, consultancies, and industry, including Danish Institute for study abroad (DIS), University of Copenhagen (KU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Copenhagen Business School (CBS), as well as Dong Energy.