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IEF Lecture: ExxonMobil's 2018 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

IEF Lecture: ExxonMobil's 2018 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The IEF welcomed Mr Rob Gardner, Manager for the Economics & Energy Division of the ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Planning Department at its Riyadh headquarters on 18 February 2018. Mr Gardner presented the 2018 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 which provides ExxonMobil’s perspective on energy demand and supply through 2040. The report informed a distinguished audience of diplomats, industry representatives and academic researchers on the company’s long-term global view of factors that will shape the world’s energy future. Findings from the outlook support ExxonMobil’s business strategies and investment plans to navigate through the changing energy market environment. The re-conceptualised report includes various alternative scenarios adding important insights to help inform an open and transparent energy dialogue from the perspective of a key energy sector stakeholder.

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4th IEF-KAPSARC Thought-Leaders' Roundtable

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4th IEF-KAPSARC Thought-Leaders' Roundtable

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), Dr Sun Xiansheng and the Head of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), David Hobbs moderated dialogue on energy security in transition at the 4th IEF-KAPSARC Thought Leaders’ Roundtable meeting on 15 February 2018. Discussions, governed by Chatham House Rule, explored whether fossil fuels will share common or differentiated energy futures, and how energy transition policies influence oil and gas investment assessing realities and visions.

The roundtable examined the future of oil, gas, and coal in a low demand growth environment. Panelists highlighted how subsidies on both fossil-, and non-fossil fuels, from coal to renewables, affect supply and demand patterns in producer and consumer countries differently according to varying needs. Panelists from consumer countries emphasised the importance of infrastructure investment to ensure networks are sufficiently resilient and robust to accommodate new technologies and changing demand and supply patterns. Though technology breakthroughs in unconventional oil and gas production and decentralised electricity generation are difficult to foresee, producers and consumers who swiftly adapt to these developments will succeed in the new market environment. Producer country representatives underlined the importance of improving energy efficiency in energy supply chains and economic sectors that rely on fossil fuels. They also highlighted the importance of diversifying energy technologies by unlocking investment from the private sector.  

The roundtable follows up on a year-long engagement to explore scenarios for producers and consumers navigating the transition to a lower carbon energy future. The initiative was launched at the Third IEF-KAPSARC Thought Leaders’ Roundtable in 2017. Outcomes of these discussions will help to inform the global energy dialogue at the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting under the theme "The Future of Global Energy Security, Transition, Technology, Trade, and Investment" hosted by India in New Delhi on 10-12 April 2018.

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Opening Remarks

  • Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, IEF

Session I: Common, or differentiated energy futures?

Moderated by David Hobbs Head of Research KAPSARC

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Photo: Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)

Session II: Energy security in transition; realities and visions

Moderated by Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, IEF

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The Eighth IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Eighth IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Energy ministers and world-renowned experts gathered in Riyadh for the 8th IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks that the International Energy Forum (IEF) convenes yearly in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to discuss energy outlooks, review historical baseline data, and advance the comparability of different scenarios in a collective effort to enhance producer-consumer dialogue on energy security and market transparency.

The Symposium was opened by Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries; and Keisuke Sadamori, Director, Energy Markets and Security, representing the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. The representatives of the three organisations welcomed more than 150 senior government and industry representatives from energy producing and consuming countries to the open platform the IEF provides.

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In his welcoming remarks, Dr Sun Xiansheng noted that this year’s high-level attendance, which included the energy ministers of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Sudan highlights the importance of inclusive dialogue on global energy security and energy data transparency for our shared energy future.  

"Global energy dialogue is more important now than ever. We currently find ourselves at an energy crossroads, and it is imperative we talk to each other, engage one another and achieve goals together. This Symposium is essential to that end," Dr Sun Xiansheng said.

HE Khalid al-Falih Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia; HE Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy, Russia made introductory remarks on behalf of the host country, and participating ministers.

HE Khalid Al-Falih, said that "Realism and resolve are the only ways to achieve an orderly transition to a more secure, more sustainable energy future" and highlighted that "there is a tremendous opportunity here for the IEA, the IEF and OPEC to collaborate in promoting a rational view of future energy policy that will promote energy security, encourage environmental protection, meet and mitigate the challenges of climate change, and help to fuel economic prosperity not just in the developed world, but the developing world as well.

The Minister of Energy of Russia, HE Alexander Novak stated that "For any country to successfully implement its energy policy an adequate understanding of the main trends, and factors influencing markets is necessary.  To create a predictable environment for policy and investment decisions we strongly believe that the process of modelling of the future, through an inclusive comparative analysis of Energy Outlooks, must become universal and global. In this regard, we yield due praise to the IEF, which for more than 20 years has been successful in its role as the main platform and coordinator of this process."

"Today’s event is a further bridge to enhancing a common understanding between IEF, the IEA and OPEC," the OPEC Secretary General stated. "These efforts are a priority for OPEC because in today’s increasingly complex and interlinked global oil market, no one player can go it alone - cooperation and dialogue are crucial."

Mr Keisuke Sadamori stated that the IEA was committed to working together with IEF, OPEC, and other stakeholders in order to make a significant contribution to the process of transition to more sustainable and secure energy systems.

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Discussions in three sessions governed by the Chatham House Rule focused on the latest IEA and OPEC projections, key findings from the comparative analysis, projections by the US Energy Information Administration, invited as a special guest, and industry views on energy outlooks, as well as investment in unconventional and conventional oil and gas production. Reflecting on the outcomes of this year’s Symposium, the heads of the three organisations found that:

  • Comparing outlooks has become easier over successive meetings; dialogue on varied producer and consumer perspectives has become better informed and more collegial. This year’s comparative analysis of the IEA’s and OPEC’s short-, medium-, and long-term projections has led to better data outcomes and a sharper focus on differences in respect of
    1. The shifts in global energy demand and supply patterns,
    2. The role and resilience of unconventional production in OECD countries,
    3. The extent energy matrices compared change over time.
  • A continued commitment to global dialogue to strengthen energy security world-wide – In a shifting energy landscape with more variable energy needs across regions, dialogue between IEF government and industry stakeholders on globally shared policy goals, investment requirements, and market solutions is vital to global energy security.
  • IEA-IEF-OPEC remain committed to achieving greater data consistency and improving the comparability of energy outlooks - Continued collaboration and agreement on baselines and projection periods, as well as definitions and classifications has helped to make IEA and OPEC forecasts more comparable. Senior experts meeting on 13 February in advance of the Symposium agreed to:
    1. Share baseline and projection time frames for Outlooks published in 2018
    2. Joint specialist workshops to further explore:
      • underlying assumptions in base case scenarios
      • global evolution of energy policies
      • energy technology pathways and breakthroughs
    3. Consider options to bridge differences in the
      • classifications of countries and regions across both OECD, non-OECD and OPEC Member Countries, rendering them easier to compare
      • fuel types categorisation in regional and global balances
      • historical baseline data sets and revisions thereto
    4. Enhance communication at an analyst level where appropriate, e.g. to flag significant data revisions and methodological issues, and benefiting from state-of-the-art IT technology, e.g. webinars, where possible.
    5. And discuss these at their next joint meeting that OPEC will host on 16 March, following the 6th IEA-IEF-OPEC Workshop on the Interactions between Physical and Financial Energy Markets taking place in Vienna on 15 March 2018.
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Dr Sun Xiansheng noted that "while considerable progress has been made in improving the comparability of IEA and OPEC outlooks, there remains room for improvement" urging further breakthroughs. "Other outlooks such as those provided by the US Energy Information Administration, or by companies and academia could well be included in future comparative analysis."

He echoed remarks by HE Khalid Al-Falih that "this gathering has become a true meeting of some of the greatest minds in the world of energy, and we look forward to a candid and constructive exchange of viewpoints, ideas and insights."

"Looking ahead, I believe there is great potential in expanding our existing dialogue and collaboration efforts and instituting them on a long-term basis," the OPEC Secretary General concluded. "Through open and transparent communication such as we have witnessed here today, we will foster a more sustainable stability in the global oil market, and all industry stakeholders will stand to benefit."

Mr Sadamori reaffirmed the ever-increasing importance of ensuring market transparency on the basis of accurate data at a time when the oil market is undergoing drastic changes.

Speeches and presentations made available with the consent of panellists are available below:

Welcome and opening statements

Session I: Key findings from the Comparative Analysis on Energy Outlooks, and presentation of the latest IEA and OPEC projections

Session II: Industry views on short-, medium-, and long-term energy outlooks

Moderated by Vladimir Feygin, President, Institute for Energy and Finance, Russian Federation

Session III: Investment in unconventional and conventional, oil and gas production

Moderated by Christof Ruhl, Head of Global Research, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

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2nd IEF-EU Energy Day

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2nd IEF-EU Energy Day

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dr Sun Xiansheng opened the 2nd IEF-EU Energy Day on Efficient and Sustainable Resource Management in the Circular Economy that the IEF co-hosted with the European Union on 13 February 2018. Ms Véronique Hyeulle, Senior Adviser Global Sustainable Development of the European Commission Directorate General Environment, presented on the European Union Circular Economy Strategy.

Dr Mustapha Taoumi, Clean Energy Technology Expert of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, and Mr Amer Alrajiba, Deputy Sector Head, Energy, Industry & Minerals Sectoral Development Affairs of the Ministry of Economy and Planning moderated two panel discussions. One panel explored energy efficiency and waste management and the other discussed circular economy challenges and opportunities for the private sector. Both sessions invited interventions from high-level European Union and Saudi Arabian government and industry representatives.

Discussants focussed attention on how waste can be used as a resource in policy, industry practices, and product design in Europe and the Middle East. Debate also ensued on the outcomes of the discussion on energy efficiency and renewable energy at the 1st IEF-EU Energy Day. Topics included power to gas conversion, carbon capture use and storage options in the redesign of energy, and other supply chains in a circular economy.  Delegates also noted that energy efficiency, resource productivity, and waste management gains go hand in hand when adequate investment conditions, including generating greater public acceptance, are provided in the policy and business environment. Waste heat recovery and cement industry intake of secondary fuels are first wins in economies that seek to place their resource management on a more productive and sustainable footing. 

Outcomes of this collaborative effort will help to consolidate cooperation with institutional and industry stakeholders and further inform the IEF Energy Dialogue at the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial hosted by India in New Delhi on 10-12 April 2018, as well as other upcoming ministerial events and dialogue meetings.

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Welcome and Opening Remarks

Introduction to the EU circular economy strategy and its benefits (EU)

Panel Session 1: Energy efficiency, and waste management in Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Middle East: Policy, industry practices, and product design

Moderated by Mustapha Taoumi, Clean Energy Technology Expert, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

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Photo: From left to right: Lucie Berger, Head of Trade Section, European Union Delegation Saudi Arabia, Amer Alrajiba, Deputy Sector Head, Energy, Industry and Minerals Sectoral Development Affairs Ministry of Economy and Planning, Hamid Al-Harthi, Sustainability Senior Manager, SABIC, Talaat Dafer, Vice President, SABIC, Luis Bertrán Rafecas, Secretary General, International Gas Union IGU, and Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary-General, European Recycling Industries' Confederation

Panel Session 2: Circular economy challenges and opportunities for the private sector and SMEs

Moderated by Amer Alrajiba, Deputy Sector Head, Energy, Industry & Minerals Sectoral Development Affairs Ministry of Economy and Planning

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IEF Lecture - OFID's Nexus: Food, Water and Energy

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

IEF Lecture - OFID's Nexus: Food, Water and Energy

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The IEF Secretary General was honoured to welcome Mr Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to the IEF Secretariat to present an IEF Lecture on OFID’s perspective of the Food, Water and Energy Nexus. Mr Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, a Saudi national, has been the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of OFID since November 2003. He has been especially vocal on the issue of energy poverty alleviation, a cause he has championed tirelessly at the highest level and one that forms the central pillar of OFID’s strategic plan.

Mr Al-Herbish’s presentation (available for download below) shared OFID’s views on the relationship between the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on the food, water and energy nexus. Mr Al-Herbish discussed the intricate relationship between the nexus and how OFIDs efforts aim to enhance progress towards reaching these goals and eradicating energy poverty worldwide.

Mr Al-Herbish holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Cairo and an MA in Economics from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his appointment at OFID, he served for 13 years as the Governor of Saudi Arabia at OPEC. He is currently in his third term of office at OFID, having been re-elected unanimously by the institution’s highest authority, the Ministerial Council, in June 2013.

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centred, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.

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GECF Gas Summit and International Gas Seminar

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

GECF Gas Summit and International Gas Seminar

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The IEF Secretary General, Dr Sun Xiansheng headed the IEF delegation at the 4th GECF Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on 22-24 November, convened under the invitation of His Excellency Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia. The Summit was attended by Heads of State, Ministers from the twelve GECF member countries and seven observer countries who gathered to exchange views on developments in the international gas market, including trends and policies which influence gas markets and its overall role in the global energy mix.

The GECF also hosted the 1st GECF International Seminar held under the umbrella of the 4th GECF Summit with the theme of Natural Gas: The Fuel of Choice for Sustainable Development. Ministers, CEOs of national and international oil and gas companies, heads of international organisations, academia and gas industry analysts engaged in a constructive dialogue on the future of natural gas. Dr Sun Xiansheng delivered remarks addressing key challenges in the natural gas market and participated in discussions on short- and long-term prospects for the gas market outlook, the security of supply and demand with a focus on Latin America, and the role of gas in reaching sustainable development goals. Discussants noted the increasingly important role of gas as the fuel of choice for the future and mitigating carbon content as the demand for energy and economic development is expected to grow over the next decade.

The 4th GECF Gas Summit resulted in the adoption of the “Declaration of Santa Cruz de la Sierra” in agreement with the GECF and its member countries. The Declaration highlights the importance of gas in energy markets, the commitment of GECF member countries to sustainable natural gas resource development and enhancing the policies and regulations of global natural gas markets. For more information, please visit the GECF website.

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JODI Information Seminar

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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JODI Information Seminar

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The IEF participated in the ‘JODI Information Seminar’ which was held on 21 November 2017 on the sidelines of the GECF Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

This event was inaugurated by the HE President Evo Morales of Plurinational State of Bolivia. Also by HE Luis Alberto Sánchez, Minister of Hydrocarbons of Bolivia. Also, by HE Dr Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). 

JODI partner organisations (IEAOLADE, and OPEC) also attended the seminar demonstrating strong support to GECF and cooperation amongst the JODI Partners in advancing global energy data transparency.

The JODI Seminar gathered government officials, industry experts, and media to discuss the history of JODI since its inception in 2000 and the way forward. Speakers debated the challenges faced in data collection and shared solutions on improving the JODI Database to be more reliable, timely, and complete. It was highlighted that data transparency is paramount if we are to achieve energy transition and sustainable development goals, including the challenge of living up to SDG7, "ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all". During the seminar, HE Dr Adeli emphasised the need for reliable data to support short- and long-term gas market research and forecasts. 

The President of Bolivia, HE Evo Morales, highlighted that leaders need reliable data to make informed decisions on policies and investments that affect their citizens. He reinforced his strong support to JODI and saluted the collaborations between the JODI Partners and their member countries to improve global energy data transparency, as it relates to oil and gas. 

The JODI Information Seminar hosted by the GECF in Bolivia was in line with key actions stated in the JODI 5-Year Action Plan which calls for: 

  • Raising awareness of the JODI platform and database
  • Identifying and engaging champions for JODI

By putting the JODI 5-Year Action Plan into practice, JODI partners spare no efforts to meet with key stakeholders around the world to deliver JODI aspirations for: 

  • Stronger commitment
  • Well-trained professionals
  • Stronger public engagement

The JODI Information Seminar presided over by a Head of State, HE President Evo Morales, was broadcasted on live news media outlets Bolivia and contributed to building public engagement with JODI to the highest levels.

JODI Information Session Live Broadcast on Bolivia TV

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1st Conference on the water-energy-food nexus in the GCC between Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1st Conference on the water-energy-food nexus in the GCC between Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Secretary General of the IEF, Dr Sun Xiansheng, was honoured to host HE Guido Landheer, Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Economic Relations of the Netherlands, and Dutch delegation leader at the 1st Conference on the "Water, Energy, and Food Nexus" in the GCC, between Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands on 16 November 2017. Senior representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia welcomed delegates and took part in the conference to enhance dialogue on sustainable synergies between water, energy, and food sectors with senior representatives from the public and private sector, as well as technology and research centres from the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and other GCC countries.  

The conference is part of a wider initiative of the Netherlands to structure collaboration with Saudi Arabia, as well as with other GCC countries, through a comprehensive dialogue on these sectors, turning challenges into opportunities and enhancing options for synergies and sustainable development. After Australia organised a similar initiative on the IEF platform in Riyadh on 16 April 2014, the outcomes of this second initiative by the Netherlands, serves to inform the IEF energy dialogue on key developments in this area and help advance a healthy functioning of codependent water, energy, and food sectors, in line with sustainable development, greenhouse gas emission, energy security, and transition goals. 

The full agenda, including backgrounds is available for download under key documents, along with speeches and presentations given below.

Welcome and opening statements:

Setting the scene "Small planet, big issues – water, energy and food" - Alexander Verbeek, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Stockholm International Water Institute, (SEI/SIWI) Sweden

Objective of this conference - Dr Hans van der Beek, Agricultural Counsellor for the GCC, Embassy of the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia

Presentation "Sabic’s sustainability highlights" - Pieter Smeets, SABIC, Saudi Arabia

Presentation "Preliminary results of energy, water and food in traditional and high-tech greenhouses" - Jouke Campen, Wageningen University & Research, on behalf of “Estidamah”, the Netherlands & Saudi Arabia

Panel session 1: Fostering sustainable synergies between water, energy and food

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Discussants

  • Geoff Toms, Deltares, the Netherlands
  • Jack Castelein, Almarai, Saudi Arabia
  • Ahmed Al-Khowaiter, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia 
  • Omar Ouda, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
  • Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Saudi Arabia

Panel session 2: Perspectives from government, industry and knowledge centers on fostering sustainable synergies between water, energy and food

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IEF Lecture - World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2017 and World Oil Outlook (WOO) 2017

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

IEF Lecture - World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2017 and World Oil Outlook (WOO) 2017

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The IEF was delighted to welcome Mr Tim Gould, Head of the Energy Supply Outlook Division (WEO) at the IEA and Ayed Al-Qahtani, Director of the Research Division at OPEC, who presented the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2017 and the World Oil Outlook (WOO) 2017 at IEF headquarters on 15 November 2017. The presentations can be downloaded below.

Tim Gould, Head of the Energy Supply Outlook Division (WEO) at the IEA, Paris, presented the 2017 edition of the Agency’s flagship publication the World Energy Outlook (official launch - 14 November). The WEO provides strategic insight on what today’s policy and investment decisions mean for long-term trends. Based on rigorous modelling across different scenarios, the WEO projections are used by public and private sector stakeholders as a framework for policy-making, planning and investment decisions, and to identify pathways to a sustainable energy future.

Ayed Al-Qahtani, Director of the Research Division at OPEC, Vienna, presented the 2017 World Oil Outlook (official launch - 7 November). The WOO provides an in-depth review and analysis of the global oil industry, and offers a thorough assessment of various sensitivity cases related to the economy, and supply and demand trends in the medium- and long-term. The WOO provides expert analysis of the many challenges and opportunities facing the global oil industry. It serves as an important reference tool, providing insights into the upstream and downstream, as well as issues related to costs, investments, and the potential impact of policies and new technologies.

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7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable

Bangkok, Thailand

7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable

Bangkok, Thailand

The 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 November 2017.

The Government of Thailand hosted this prestigious biennial event, which is a key feature of the global energy dialogue promoted under the neutral banner of the International Energy Forum. The Ministerial was co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates and was attended by Ministers, Vice Ministers, heads of International Organisations, and Thought Leaders of the industry.

In previous AMER events, IEF Ministers have recognised their interdependence and placed an emphasis on the need for trust and dialogue in building and sustaining partnerships. AMER6 was convened between the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda (UNSDA) 2030 and the Paris Agreement in 2015 to discuss Asian energy market dynamics. This culminated in the endorsement of a proposal by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish an Asian Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing Framework under the IEF that has since been adopted by the 2nd G20 Energy Ministers Meeting (Beijing, June 2016) and the IEF15 Ministerial (Algiers, September 2016).

AMER7 built upon these outcomes to strengthen established partnerships and forge new bonds accordingly. This event ultimately underpins the development of the increasingly complex and dynamic relationships between energy producers and consumers in Asia and beyond.

The full agenda for the Ministerial is available for download below along with articles, speeches and presentations from the AMER7.

Welcoming remarks

Inauguration Session

Welcoming and opening statement

Introductions and scene setting remarks

Keynote Speech

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Photo: HE General Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Energy of Thailand, HE Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the IEF, and Dr Nasser Al Dossary, Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia (left to right)

Plenary Session 1: Oil markets: Investment and security challenges in a world in transition

Chair's opening and scene setting remarks

Ministerial Panel

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Photo: HE Wonjoo Park, Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea.

Plenary Session 2: Natural Gas: Overcoming market and policy hurdles to the golden age of gas

Chair's opening and scene setting remarks

Ministerial Panel

Special Keynote address

Plenary Session 3: Disruptive Technologies and Energy Future: Impacts, Challenges and Preparation

Chair's opening and scene setting remarks

  • HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates

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7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable

Photo: HE Dr Sun Xiansheng, HE Abdullah Mohsen Al-Akwa, HE Dharmendra Pradhan and HE Anantaporn Kanjanarat participate in traditional Thai lantern festival.

Plenary Session 4: From Vision to Action: Concluding statement, final remarks, and closing of the Ministerial

Concluding Statement delivered by AMER7 Chairman

Announcement of the Host and Co-Host, respectively, of the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable

  • Message from HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei on behalf of the Host of the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable
  • Message from HE Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General IEF on behalf of the International Energy Forum

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IEF Lecture - IEEJ Energy Outlook 2018 - Prospects and Challenges Toward 2050

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

IEF Lecture - IEEJ Energy Outlook 2018 - Prospects and Challenges Toward 2050

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The IEF Secretary General was honoured to welcome Professor Masakazu Toyoda, CEO and the Chairman of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) to the IEF headquarters today to present an IEF Lecture based on the recently released "IEEJ Energy Outlook 2018 - Prospects and Challenges Toward 2050". 

Professor Toyoda’s presentation (available for download below) shared views on topics ranging from current market trends, to scenarios for energy demand and potential future energy market pathways. The potential for peak oil demand, and long-term (toward 2050) climate change issues were also addressed during the lecture.

The IEEJ outlook foresees that based on current energy market trends, energy demand will increase and its centre of gravity will shift towards Southern Asia, with two thirds of the growth expected to come from non-OECD Asian countries. The IEEJ expects that three quarters of the demand will be accounted for by electricity generation and transportation fuels. The high dependence on fossil fuels is expected to continue with natural gas projected to account for 60% of fossil fuel growth. Carbon emissions are projected to increase 34% by 2050.

Professor Toyoda noted that one IEEJ study indicates the potential for new technologies to bring about a 13% reduction in energy consumption by 2050. Although this scenario implies that the share of fossil fuels in the mix would drop to 68% compared with 78% in the reference scenario, it still indicates an expectation of on-going high-level dependence on fossil fuels.

In the quest to deliver a low-carbon future, Professor Toyoda noted that the key to successful cost reduction, development and deployment of innovative technologies is international cooperation.

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JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - October 2017

London, UK

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JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - October 2017

London, UK

The IEF chaired an Inter Secretariat Meeting of JODI partner organisations including APECEurostat, GECF, IEA, IEF, OPEC, and UNSD in London on 12 October 2017. 

The meeting, held following the 13th International JODI Conference held on 10-11 October and focused on reviewing progress and action plans regarding the following:

  • Technical discussion to introduce new data consolidation platform and mechanism for a more efficient operation of data collections.
  • Feedback from the 13th International JODI Conference held few days earlier on 10-11 October 2017;
  • Feedback from having JODI data starting to appear on the electronic platforms of data re-distribution agencies that was announced during the JODI Conference held few days earlier;
  • Plans for future JODI Seminars and Capacity Building Workshops during 2018;
  • Update on new JODI website and database functionality;
  • Deliberate ways how to take advantage of improving cooperation data from regions (AFREC, OAPEC, GCC Stat, etc.)

The JODI partners deliberated at length the feedback from the JODI conference just held in London ahead of this meeting and was attended by more than 100 experts, and how the JODI partners can take this insights and recommendations forward to strengthen the JODI initiative.

The JODI partners discussed feedback from having JODI data starting to appear on (Argus, Bloomberg & Thomson Reuters) data re-distribution platforms that was announced during the JODI Conference held few days earlier. JODI partners agree that this was a major milestone for JODI that should be alluded. Bloomberg was invited to the meeting so they explain further how JODI data appear on their platform.

The Partners discussed option and plans to hold future JODI Seminars and Capacity Building Workshops during 2018, while the IEF gave an update on recently updated JODI website and database functionality.

JODI partners deliberated ways how to take advantage of improving cooperation with other energy regional (AFREC, OAPEC, GCC Stat, etc.)

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13th International JODI Conference (IJC 13) and Exhibition

London, United Kingdom

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13th International JODI Conference (IJC 13) and Exhibition

London, United Kingdom

The 13th International JODI conference was held in London, UK on 10 & 11 October 2017. The conference was generously hosted by the British Government and organised by the International Energy Forum in corporation with other JODI partners (APEC, Eurostat, GECF, IEA, OLADE, OPEC, and UNSD).

The Conference was opened by HE Richard Harrington, UK Minister for Energy and Industry for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who emphasised the importance of JODI and for need for reliable, complete, and timely energy data to support decision making.

The conference convened more than 100 actors and stakeholders at various stages of the JODI data supply chain ranging from:

  • the energy companies that collect the source data
  • the national administrations responsible for JODI data reporting
  • the JODI Partners responsible for data collation
  • academia
  • data re-distribution agencies
  • the data users that monitor market trends and disseminate JODI data through their analyses and forecasts to a wider audience.
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Participants took note on the progress made on JODI since the last JODI conference (IJC 12) held in India in 2015, and gave insights and suggestions regarding data quality, data reporting mechanism, capacity building efforts, data-user engagement, JODI brand awareness, and enhanced engagement with other entities. 

Participants highlighted the need to continue to solidify knowledge sharing of good practices among the different stakeholders, and to strengthen interaction between data providers, JODI Partners, data users, academia, and analytical community. 

Participants stressed the need to continue improving the data availability and coverage in new regions, but without comprising the quality of JODI data while addressing challenges to provide sustainable, timely and complete monthly energy data. 

Participants saluted JODI Partners’ efforts to hold Capacity Business Workshops in key regions around the world as part of this effort, and the fact that JODI data can now be viewed from different major Data Re-Distribution Agencies (Argus, Bloomberg, and Thomson Reuters) in line with directions received from industry and leaders. They also appreciated that JODI visibility and accessibility will be greatly improved and extended per the recommendation from the IJC 12.

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26th session of UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

Geneva, Switzerland

26th session of UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

Geneva, Switzerland

IEF Secretary General, Dr Sun Xiansheng, participated in the UNECE 26th Session of Committee on Sustainable Energy at its headquarter in Geneva on 26-28 September 2017, and delivered a keynote speech during the opening. This high-level UNECE event opened by UNECE Executive Secretary, attracted experts from government and energy industry.

In the keynote address, Dr Sun elaborated on IEF role and efforts on fostering greater mutual understanding and awareness of common energy interests in line with UN Sustainable Development SDG. He also addressed the achievements by the IEF and its Member Countries on fulfilling key functions to strengthen energy security along energy transition pathways.

Dr Sun also had a bilateral meeting with HE Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary, and discussed the future potential cooperation between the UNECE and the IEF.

Dr Sun's speech and presentation entitled "Energy transition and the role of international and regional cooperation" is available for download below.

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IEA's 2nd Global Conference on Energy Efficiency

Paris, France

IEA's 2nd Global Conference on Energy Efficiency

Paris, France

IEF Secretary General, Dr Sun Xiansheng participated in the International Energy Agency’s 2nd Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Paris on 29 June 2017. This high-level event brought together top-level government officials and energy-industry executives at a forum for global engagement and exchange on energy efficiency.

The conference was opened by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, HE Peter Thomson. HE Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development (Morocco), HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, (UAE) HE Juan Jose Aranguren, Minister of Energy and Mines (Argentina), and HE Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Ireland), also participated in this well attended event where participants from around the world gathered to discuss practical policy and programme implementation measures.

Dr Sun's presentation entitled "Global perspectives on energy efficiency" is available for download below.

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JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - June 2017

New York, USA

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New York, USA

The IEF chaired an Inter Secretariat Meeting of JODI partner organisations including APEC, IEA, IEF, OLADE, OPEC, and UNSD in the UNSD Headquarters in New York on 29-30 June 2017. 

The meeting, hosted by UNSD at their Headquarters in New York focused on reviewing progress and action plans in regard to the following:

  • Participation Assessment of the JODI-Oil and JODI-Gas World Databases;
  • Plan to enhance the visibility of JODI through the publication of JODI data on the electronic platforms of data re-distribution agencies during the next JODI Conference in October 2017
  • G20 Ministers feedback on JODI and data transparency;
  • Feedback from the last JODI Workshop for Africa held in Tunisia on April 2017
  • Feedback from attending the EIA Energy Conference in Washington DC on 27-28 June 2017.
  • Ideas for future capacity-building workshops and user seminars
  • Discussion on the plans to hold the 13th International JODI Conference in London on 10-11 October 2017;
  • Update on new JODI website and database functionality

The IEF shared the results of the last JODI Workshop for Africa region held in Tunisia on 11-13 April 2017 back-to-back with the 3rd IEF-OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty, which demonstrated a clear link between energy data transparency and efforts to alleviate energy poverty in Africa.  It was highlighted that this Workshop that was held in cooperation with the African Energy Commission (AFREC), and with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) had more than 60 attendees form more than 30 African countries was the largest JODI Workshop ever held. The IEF thanked the JODI partners for their support to hold this milestone Workshop in this key region.

The IEF, the IEA, and OPEC gave Feedback from attending recently the EIA Energy Conference in Washington DC on 27-28 June 2017 where JODI was featured in the Conference and how this was a great opportunity to engage with users and experts etc. in line with the JODI Action plan.

The IEF briefed the Partners on progress being made to have JODI data to appear at Data Redistribution Agencies such as (Argus, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, etc.) soon. It was agreed to launch this during the upcoming JODI Conference in London on October 2017.

The Partners discussed the plans to hold the JODI Conference in London on 10-11 October 2017, theme, sessions, speakers, invitations, etc. It was agreed that holding the 13th JODI international conference in London will be a great opportunity to deepen engagement with stakeholder (users / analysts / providers of data / industry) in support of the ongoing development of the JODI.

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Energy Security, Transition, and Dialogue - CSIS

Washington DC, USA

Energy Security, Transition, and Dialogue - CSIS

Washington DC, USA

Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), delivered a presentation to an audience gathered by the CSIS Energy & National Security Program at their headquarters in Washington DC. Dr Sun’s presentation "Energy Security, Transition and Dialogue" and the subsequent roundtable discussion focused on the forces impacting the security of global oil and gas supplies, and the challenges posed by the volatile nature of energy markets, and the policy implications of tightening greenhouse gas emission thresholds around the world.

The session was moderated by Adam Sieminksi, former EIA Administrator and current holder of the James R Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics.

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EIA Energy Conference

Washington DC, USA

EIA Energy Conference

Washington DC, USA

IEF Secretary General Dr Sun Xiansheng delivered a keynote speech on 27 June 2017 to an audience of more than 900 leaders from industry, government, and academia participating in the US EIA's 2017 Energy Conference in Washington DC. Participants also heard from US Secretary of Energy, Mr Rick Perry, and Ms Colette Honorable, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission among other distinguished speakers.

Dr Sun’s keynote on Energy Data Transparency underlined the importance placed by IEF Ministers on the need for improved data transparency. Dr Sun also noted the unique cooperative nature of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) co-ordinated by the IEF, which involves a partnership among eight International Organisations (APEC, Eurostat, GECF, IEA, IEF, OLADE, OPEC and UNSD), and cited the EIA as a model for other energy statistics agencies to aspire to.

Dr Sun also participated in a Q&A session led by Howard Gruenspecht, Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator, US Energy Information Administration.

Dr Sun’s speaking notes are available for download below.

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4th Russian Energy Forum

London, UK

4th Russian Energy Forum

London, UK

IEF SG Dr Sun Xiansheng delivered the opening keynote address "Global Energy Transition: Risks and Opportunities" when he participated in the 4th Russian Energy Forum in London on Thursday 22 June 2017. The Forum was held under the umbrella theme "Russia on the Global Energy Map: Emerging Partnerships, Risks & Opportunities."

Following his keynote presentation the IEF Secretary General joined Dr Boris Abramov, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the UK, Jiro Kida, Special Advisor, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and Dr Hyo-Sun Kim, Head of the Department of Polar Policy, Korea Polar Research for a panel discussion moderated by Trevor Barton, Executive Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. The subjects covered by the panel included Russia’s role as a major partner in the global energy dialogue, Russia-UK trade and energy relations, Russia’s place in East Asian oil and gas markets, and policies and prospects with focus on the Arctic.

The Rt Hon the Lord Barker of Battle, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change (2010-2014) also delivered a keynote address later the same day.

Dr Sun’s presentation is available for download below. Further detail on the Russian Energy Forum can be found at the event website.

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The 2nd International IEF Symposium on Human Resource Management in the Energy Industry

Manama, Bahrain

The 2nd International IEF Symposium on Human Resource Management in the Energy Industry

Manama, Bahrain

Under the Patronage of the Minister of Oil of the State of Bahrain HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the International Energy Forum convened the 2nd Symposium on Human Resource Management in the Energy Industry in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, and the National Oil and Gas Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain, with the support of the Institute for Energy and Finance, Tamkeen, and the Boston Consulting Group as IEF Knowledge Partner, in Manama, The Kingdom of Bahrain on 17-18 May 2017.

The Minister of Oil of the State of Bahrain HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the Secretary General of the International Energy Forum HE Dr Sun Xiansheng and the Special Representative of the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation HE Alexander Novak, the Director of the Department of Public Service Management (HR) and mobilization preparation of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Smirnov, presided over the Symposium proceedings.

Mindful of the many changes that have taken place since the State of Qatar hosted the 1st IEF Symposium on Human Resource Management in Doha on the implications of the petroleum crunch of 2009, the cyclical nature of the energy industry, and the long-term transformations taking place in respect of energy transition, digitisation and labour market dynamics, participants discussed the implications of a new market environment and energy transition for human resource management in the energy industry.

Delegates acknowledged that global energy security and industry performance will continue to depend on how human resource management navigates both cyclical and irreversible transformational trends occurring in the energy industry and wider global economic system. Sessions focused on:

  • Historical trends, key challenges and their interrelations moving forward.
  • Implications of the new physical energy market environment.
  • Impact of energy transition on human resource management, and
  • Identification of options and solutions

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Opening Session   |   Welcome and Opening Statements

  • HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Bahrain
  • HE Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum
  • Mr Vladimir Smirnov, Special Representative of the Minister, Director of Department of Public Service Management (HR) and mobilization preparation, Ministry of Energy, Russian Federation.

Keynote Speech: Mr Abdullah Otaibi, Director of Human Resources Policy and Planning Department, Saudi Aramco

Session 1   |   Setting the Scene - revisiting history, identifying key challenges and their interrelations looking forward

What has changed since the IEF Symposium in Doha discussed tackling the human resources crunch in the petroleum sector in 2009?

  • The impact of industry cycles on human resources
  • How will the energy transition impact future talent acquisition?
  • What is the role of human resource management in shaping corporate strategy?
  • How are human resources managed as an investment for a sustainable future?
  • How can gender equality be improved in the energy industry?

Session moderator: Mr Ivan Marten, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

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Session 2   |   Implications of the new physical energy market environment

In response to a lower price environment, challenges from new entrants, and greater consensus on the need for an energy transition, the industry has been forced to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and explore new business models. Uncertainties in this new environment go beyond the traditional boom-bust cycle creating new challenges and opportunities in human resource management. As the industry adjusts to this new reality, how does human resource management contribute to shaping our energy future?

  • How does human resource management contribute to improving the efficiency of the industry and overall energy sector performance?
  • What are the best practices in managing human resources in a naturally cyclical industry?
  • How adequate is the engagement of the oil and gas sector in capacity building and the reskilling of human resources?
  • How is talent replenished in an increasingly fluid human resource market?

Keynote Speech: Mr Simon Ashley, VP HR IST, BP Oil International Limited

Session moderator: Mr Jassim Isa Al Shirawi, General Manager, Oil and Gas Affairs, National Oil and Gas Authority, Bahrain

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Session 3   |   Impact of Energy Transition on Human Resource Management

The world’s leaders have determined the need to transition towards a lower carbon future. This transition impacts the regulatory environment, industry image and public perceptions. How can the industry attract, retain and nurture talent in highly competitive markets faced with increasingly complex and fluid policy environments and manage the risk and opportunities of new technologies to its advantage?

  • How can the oil and gas sector best tackle competition for talent within and beyond the energy industry?
  • How does the public perception of the energy sector impact talent acquisition?

Keynote Speech: Mr Ren Yicun, Deputy Director General Human Resources, CNPC

Session moderator: Ms Svetlana Epikhina, Member of the Council for Professional Qualifications in the field of personnel management, Russia

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Session 4   |   Concluding Session: Options and Solutions

Considering the challenges and opportunities discussed in foregoing sessions, what options can be pursued to attract and retain the needed human resources skills in view of the cyclic industry developments addressed in Session 2, and energy in transition policies addressed in Session 3.

  • How can the industry meet millennial’s expectations for career development?
  • What are the best practices in engaging academia to attract young talent for the energy sector?
  • How can industry, government, and academia work together to provide innovative training programmes for the energy sector of the future?
  • What lessons can be drawn from country experiences with in country value/ local content requirements?

Session moderator: Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum

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Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks   |   Session moderators

  • Mr Jassim Isa Al Shirawi, General Manager, Oil and Gas Affairs, National Oil and Gas Authority, Bahrain
  • Mr Ivan Marten, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Ms Svetlana Epikhina, Member of the Council for Professional Qualifications in the field of personnel management, Russia
  • Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum

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The 3rd GCC Petroleum Media Forum

Abu Dhabi, UAE

The 3rd GCC Petroleum Media Forum

Abu Dhabi, UAE

IEF Secretary General, Dr Sun Xiansheng was invited to deliver a keynote speech and to participate in specialist sessions at the 3rd GCC Petroleum Media Forum, held on 19-20 April 2017 in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy (UAE) hosted the meeting in which HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State UAE & CEO, ADNOC Group (UAE), HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Oil (Bahrain), HE Essam Abdul Mohsen Al-Marzouq, Minister of Oil (Kuwait), HE Dr Mohammed Al Rumhi, Minister of Oil & Gas (Oman), HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry (Qatar), HE Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources (Saudi Arabia), and HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General also took part along with a number of global media personalities, who gave their views on the relationship between the media and the energy industry at large. 

The UAE announced that the 3rd Gulf Cooperation Council Petroleum Media Forum was convened with the intent to accelerate the GCC petroleum media strategy and elevate the perception of the oil industry as well as to highlight the major contribution of the GCC countries in the global economy. The forum also aimed to enhance the capacity of the local media and build a roadmap to develop specialised petroleum media capabilities in the region. 

Dr Sun’s keynote speech entitled “The Role of Data in Accurate Energy News” is available for download below.

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3rd IEF - OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty

Tunis, Tunisia

3rd IEF - OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty

Tunis, Tunisia

To advance the dialogue on the eradication of energy poverty in Africa, the International Energy Forum (IEF) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) convened the 3rd IEF - OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty with the support of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies of Tunisia on 11-12 April 2017 in Tunis.

The Symposium was opened by HE Hela Cheikhrouhou, Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies of Tunisia represented by Mr Hamdi Harrouch, Director General of the National Energy Conservation Agency on behalf of the host country, Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General IEF, and Mr Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director General and the Chief Executive Officer, represented by Dr Fuad Siala, Senior Advisor of OFID.

The Symposium participants comprised a wide range of representatives from African countries, the African Energy Commission (AFREC), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and  representatives of the partner organisations of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI), including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the United Nations Statistics Division, the Gas Exporting Country Form (GECF), as well as international energy sector practitioners from the private sector and the International Gas Union (IGU).

Participants focused on accelerating collective efforts to provide access to modern energy services in African nations by 2030 in accordance with globally agreed goals. The symposium addressed the extent and the consequences of energy poverty, the roles that various energy sources and technology play, and the policy and regulatory options available to African countries to accelerate investment in alleviating energy poverty.

The Symposium noted that efforts to eradicate energy poverty must be technology neutral. Renewable energy technologies offer new opportunities to overcome energy poverty and achieve a secure and sustainable provision of modern energy services in Africa where economics permit. Fossil fuels and related technologies aimed at reducing emissions and air pollution in major cities continue to be important to meet growing energy demand and ensure equitable development on the African continent. Poor countries cannot be deprived of energy to grow their economies and keep up with demographic trends during the transition to a more diversified and sustainable energy mix.

Symposium participants exchanged views on enhancing international cooperation and applauded the progress made by African countries in this regard in collaboration with international organisations. Delegates noted that the challenge to eradicate energy poverty in Africa is much bigger than any stakeholder can overcome individually. There is a clear need to broaden partnership and strengthen international cooperation for efforts to be well targeted and successful. IEF and OFID propose to continue their collaboration on the eradication of energy poverty and step up their efforts to build capacity on related energy data collection together with JODI Partners and other relevant international organisations.

Presentations, speeches and the concluding statement will be available to download below as they become available.

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15th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Africa and MENA countries

Tunis, Tunisia

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15th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Africa and MENA countries

Tunis, Tunisia

The 15th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Africa and MENA countries was held in Tunis from 11-13 April 2017. The event, hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Renewable Energy of Tunisia, was organised by the IEF in collaboration with the African Energy Commission (AFREC), and the support of other JODI Partners (GECF, IEA, OPEC, and UNSD).

More than sixty statistical officers in charge of hydrocarbon data collection at national administrations of African and MENA countries took part in the workshop which was designed to raise awareness and build better understanding of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) and improved data submissions from this key region. Tunisian participants from the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Renewable Energy, the National Institute of Statistics ETAP, and other government agencies, were also joined by a delegation from the United Arab Emirates.

Hands-on training sessions were a key feature of the workshop, and participants took full advantage of the opportunity of the interactive nature of the programme to exchange views on their experience in dealing with energy statistics in general and JODI in particular.

Participants in the JODI workshop also attended the opening session of the 3rd IEF-OFID Symposium on Energy Poverty that was held in parallel with the JODI event. Discussions in the joint session touched upon the value of accurate statistical data to the alleviation of energy poverty, by facilitating improved decision-making, and removing some of the elements of uncertainty that may be hampering investment.   

JODI Partners agreed that they would follow-up on action items and commitments made by countries participating in the workshop to underpin the excellent progress already made, and to ensure that data transparency in this key region continues to improve.

For more information about this and other Joint Organisations Data Initiative events please visit the JODI website.

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22nd GECF Monthly Lecture

Doha, Qatar

22nd GECF Monthly Lecture

Doha, Qatar

IEF Secretary General Dr Sun Xiansheng was honoured to be invited to deliver the 22nd GECF Monthly Gas Lecture at the headquarters of the GECF in Doha, Qatar on 5 April, 2017.

Dr Sun delivered a presentation on "Perspectives on Gas Market Developments for Sustainable Growth and Energy Transitions" to the gathered audience of Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, academic, international oil and gas companies’ executives, businesses as well as senior experts and analysts from the gas sector.

Dr Sun shared IEF perspectives on gas market developments for sustainable growth and energy transitions. Recognising the scope for gas to contribute to growth and transition, the IEF Secretary General also looked forward to further exploring the potential for the IEF and GECF to work together to help overcome gas market challenges, secure an orderly energy transition, and a sustainable, healthy and affordable energy future for all.

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2nd G20 Energy and Sustainability Working Group, German G20 Presidency

Berlin, Germany

2nd G20 Energy and Sustainability Working Group, German G20 Presidency

Berlin, Germany

At the 2nd G20 Energy and Sustainability Working Group meeting in Berlin the IEF updated delegates on the 1st IEF-EU Energy Day (Riyadh, 14 February) which provided a platform focused on cooperation with the EU on energy efficiency and renewable energies in the context of the G20 IEF Knowledge Sharing Framework on Energy Efficiency as agreed under the G20 Presidency of China in 2016.

The IEF also referred to the upcoming Asian Energy Efficiency Conference and Exhibition as the next major event under this work stream, and notified ESWG Delegates that all G20 Ministers would be invited to strengthen international cooperation on energy efficiency and new technologies in the framework of the producer-consumer dialogue in accordance with the outcomes of the IEF15 International Ministerial Energy Forum hosted by Algiers in 2016.

The IEF Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing Framework update was delivered by Senior Energy Analyst Christof van Agt, and is available to download below.

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