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The Geopolitics of
the Energy Transformation

The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum is the go-to conference on the geopolitics of the energy transformation, where energy and foreign policy leaders come together to set the energy agenda for the year and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy system.

The 2020 iteration of the forum focuses on three key themes: the role of the oil and gas industry in the energy transition, financing the future of energy, and interconnections in a new era of geopolitics. The forum’s regional footprint has expanded to emphasize increasing energy demand in South and Southeast Asia.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, the forum is held in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, ADNOC, and Mubadala, and is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

2020 Global Energy Forum partners

By partnering with the Global Energy Forum, companies play a crucial role in addressing the energy, political, and economic security challenges of a world in transition.

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Mubadala
ADNOC
Masdar

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Crescent Petroleum
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

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Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Delivering energy access and meeting demand in South and Southeast Asia

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Delivering Energy Access and Meeting Demand in South and Southeast Asia Speaker: Mohamed Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar The Hon. Dr. Tawfiq-e Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh Alisa Newman-Hood, Senior Vice President, Excelerate Energy Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA […]

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Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Gas imports remain key to Asia’s development plans

Despite rising renewable energy generation, South and South East Asia will continue to look at major investments in new gas import infrastructure to displace more carbon-intensive fuels, as the region races to meet its development ambitions.

New Atlanticist by Adal Mirza

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

The role of the oil and gas industry in the energy transition

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum The Role of the Oil and Gas Industry in the Energy Transition Conversation With: Musabbeh Al-Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company Panel Discussion: Dr. Barbara Burger, President, Technology Ventures, Chevron Corporation Anatol Feygin, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Cheniere Energy Inc. Dr. Robert […]

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Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

How can oil and gas companies contribute to the energy transition?

“There is no thing that is a magic solution” to climate change, according to Musabbeh Al-Kaabi, chief executive officer for petroleum and petrochemicals at the Mubadala Investment Company, but oil and gas companies are increasingly realizing that “the future outlook for energy consumption will require different sources of energy.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Climate commitments needed to head off threats of volatility and instability

A widening gap between perceptions and reality of the global energy markets could increase volatility as governments, policy makers, and industries struggle to tackle climate change, according to Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency.

New Atlanticist by Adal Mirza

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Setting the 2020 energy agenda

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Setting the 2020 Energy Agenda Speakers: H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates The Hon. Dr. Tawfiq-e Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum Michael Sen, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Energy […]

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Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Energy security, energy access, and clean air: Meeting the challenges

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Setting the Scene: Energy Security, Energy Access, and Clean Air: Meeting the Challenges Speaker: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Location:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Time:  10:15 a.m. Local Date:  Saturday, January 11, 2020 FATIH BIROL:  Excellencies, dear colleagues, a very good morning to all of you.  […]

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Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Official opening of the Fourth Global Energy Forum

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Official Opening of the Fourth Global Energy Forum Speakers: Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.), Executive Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates; Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company H.E. Suhail […]

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Energy & Environment The Gulf

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

International grid integration: Efficiencies, vulnerabilities, and strategic implications in Asia

In order to meet growing global demand for electricity, and in response to an increase in renewables, power networks and markets are evolving and becoming increasingly interconnected. South and Southeast Asia have already had some success with interconnections, and China’s vision and Belt and Road Initiative loom large in the region, but there are geopolitical concerns to contend with. Could a US model manage these concerns? What is the state of regional power markets in Asia and investment in regional grid infrastructure, and what responses are we already seeing to emerging trends?

Report by Phillip Cornell

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

Energy sector diversification: Meeting demographic challenges in the MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is projected to experience significant demographic growth by 2050, growth which will have to be met with commensurate economic expansion and job opportunities, or the region will risk an increase in political instability. To meet this challenge, countries in the region must diversify their economies beyond the energy sector and expand their energy sector beyond hydrocarbons. What are the key trends that MENA countries will have to contend with, what is already being done, and what further steps should be taken?

Report by Bina Hussein

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions