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2nd Industry Advisory Committee Workshop

Beijing, China

2nd Industry Advisory Committee Workshop

Beijing, China

The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) Dr Sun Xiansheng and the President of the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development (RIPED) Dr Zhao Wenzhi welcomed senior representatives from the international energy industry, and high-ranking government representatives of IEF member countries at the 2nd Industry Advisory Committee that IEF and RIPED co-hosted at the Institute’s Science and Technology Centre in Beijing China on 31 July 2018.

Gathered under the theme “Energy Transformations and Oil and Gas Strategies” participants explored how new technology, innovation and policy evolve and what promise oil and gas strategies and market fundamentals hold for energy market stability and orderly transitions in China and the world.

The role of technology is pivotal to global energy security and network stability. Technology enhances rational development of natural resources, efficiency gains in energy supply chains and enables synergies among flows in industrial clusters to enhance productivity. This enables viable transformations for inclusive growth towards healthy and sustainable futures that rely on both hydrocarbon and renewable sources to work in concert with industry and government stakeholders in ever more interconnected energy markets.

Discussions at the 2nd Industry Advisory Committee Workshop took place in two panel sessions moderated by Amos Hochstein, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Tellurian and Dr Kamel Ben Naceur, Chief Economist, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, inviting perspectives from a wide selection of senior government and industry panelists to deepen understanding and strengthen confidence in global energy market functioning.

Discussions were governed by the Chatham House rule, presentations are retrievable below.

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Photo: Workshop attendees group photo.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Special Guests

Panel Session I - Energy Transformations and Global Oil & Gas Strategies

Moderated by Amos Hochstein, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Tellurian

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Photo: Frank Fannon, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), U.S. Department of State addresses Panel Session I.

    Panel Session II - China's Oil and Gas Upstream Strategy in a Changing Market

    Moderated by Dr Kamel Ben Naceur, Chief Economist, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

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    Photo: Panel Session II speakers.

      Concluding Remarks

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      Prospects for US Oil and Gas Exports

      IEF Lecture: Prospects for US Oil and Gas Exports

      Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      IEF Lecture: Prospects for US Oil and Gas Exports

      Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Dr Sun Xiansheng and the President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, Mr Adam Sieminski jointly hosted Dr Kenneth B Medlock III, Senior Director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute to present on the prospects for US oil and gas exports at the IEF on 18 July 2018.

      US oil and gas exports have grown substantially and are making landfall in a growing number of countries. This is influencing current market dynamics and will continue to reshape global oil and gas trade. Following the oil market downturn in late 2014, unconventional US oil and gas production has become more resilient due to cost reductions and operator innovation. By 2017, US crude oil and petroleum products exports reached 6.3 million barrels per day while natural gas exports reached 8.7 billion cubic feet per day. Infrastructure and environmental considerations, however, present a potential, albeit temporary, drag on US exports’ stellar rise. Infrastructure constraints are limiting evacuation options and natural gas flaring exemptions for crude oil-directed developments are likely to lapse. The combined effect will be that some production may be shut in or take longer to materialise. 

      US oil production increased by over 5.5 mb/d over the past decade, covering for production declines that resulted from above-ground constraints elsewhere. Although shale production dipped in 2015, it has recovered since due to productivity improvements and higher prices. Nevertheless, both near-term global market balance and US exports will depend largely on global demand.  US exports will be driven by profitability because development is driven by commercial considerations; US oil and gas are not an overt policy vector. Hence, international trade opportunities and the ability to overcome hurdles related to cost and market access through innovation and new infrastructure will drive exports in the long term. This will contribute to an ongoing transformation of global oil and gas trade, along with frontier supplies in the Western Hemisphere – including in several countries ranging from Canada to Argentina. 

      US shale has made global supply more price responsive. But, while shale can temper long term price movement it remains governed by market fundamentals. So, US shale will lend to greater long term price stability, but the role of inventory and spare capacity as a stabilizing force for short term disturbances in the global market is not diminished. Moreover, given that oil and gas demand will be largely driven by non-OECD markets for the next couple of decades, the importance of traditional sources of supply remains significant.

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        JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - July 2018

        Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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        JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - July 2018

        Luxembourg, Luxembourg

        The Second JODI Inter Secretariat Meeting of 2018, chaired by the International Energy Forum, was hosted by Eurostat on 4-5 July at the Eurostat Headquarters in Luxembourg. Representatives of the JODI Partner Organisations, including APEC, Eurostat, IEA, IEF, OLADE, OPEC & UNSD, met to discuss the progress of JODI initiatives and the way forward in light of the guidance and feedback received from the JODI Heads and IEF Ministers during the 16th IEF Ministerial Meeting and Heads of JODI Meeting held in India on 10-12 April, 2018.

        The partners also reviewed progress and action plans regarding the following:

        • Participation Assessment of the JODI Oil and JODI Gas World Databases and steps taken by the JODI Partners to improve the quality of data being collected and submitted to the JODI Databases; 
        • Outcomes of the 16th IEF Ministerial Meeting and Heads of JODI Meeting held in India on 10-12 April 2018; 
        • Feedback from the latest JODI Information Seminar held in India on 10 April 2018; 
        • Progress and feedback on the dissemination of JODI data through Data Redistribution Agencies since agreements were signed with Argus, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters at the 13th International JODI Conference held in London in October 2017; 
        • G20 Ministers feedback on JODI and data transparency;
        • Steps on harmonisation of coal data provided by JODI Partner Organisations and the creation of a JODI Coal portal on the JODI Website, aimed at improving global coal data transparency;
        • Strategy and innovation of future JODI Capacity Building Workshops and Data User Seminars for the remainder of 2018 and 2019; 
        • The need for more granular LNG trade data and how this can be accomplished under the collaborative JODI framework.  

        The JODI Partners agreed to host the next JODI Capacity Building Workshop in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) for the Middle East/North Africa region in December 2018. The Partners also encouraged ongoing work with The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Africa Energy Commission (AFREC) to follow up on efforts to increase the quality of JODI Data submission from Africa. The partners agreed to host JODI Capacity Building Workshops in Africa and Latin America during the first half of 2019, followed by a Workshop in Asia in late 2019.  

        The Partners agreed to continue the JODI User Information Seminars with plans to host the next Seminar alongside the UNECE 9th International Forum in Ukraine in November 2018, taking advantage of the large number of energy experts who will be in attendance.

        Finally, the JODI Partners deliberated on how to continue to improve cooperation and inclusiveness of collaboration with other regional energy organisations such as AFREC, OAPEC, OFID and others, who are keen to share benefits of association with JODI and strive towards greater global data transparency.  

         

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        Global Forum on Energy Security

        Beijing, China

        Global Forum on Energy Security

        Beijing, China

        IEF Energy Analyst, Mr. Aurangzeb Qureshi, represented Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum, at the Global Forum on Energy Security which was co-hosted by the Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics (IQTE) at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), and the United States Energy Security Council (USESC) in Beijing on 18-19 June 2018.  The Global Forum on Energy Security has become China’s premier international platform for deliberations on the changing global energy landscape and China’s role in global energy security that aims to promote research and information exchanges on energy security among think tanks, government officials, diplomats and industry leaders,

        The 2018 conference was focussed on how energy governance and innovation play a role in China’s “New Belt Road Initiative” (BRI) given the importance and scale of the BRI as it relates to global energy security. Presentations focussed on the future of China’s energy demand followed by projects dedicated to the promotion of development and connectivity. Sustainability was also an important topic throughout the conference. The future of energy as it pertains to “smart society” was discussed at length through presentations by think tanks and companies specialising in renewable energy solutions.

        The forum also addressed energy geopolitics featuring speakers from Chinese and American think tanks with special emphasis on energy governance and President Xi Jinping’s geopolitical and geo-economic vision in Eurasia. Detailed analysis of developments in Asia Pacific oil and gas markets including Asian refining and trade and LNG upstream, downstream, transportation and infrastructure dynamics were also discussed. The forum contributed to sharpening collective focus on the development of the LNG industry in China, the future of LNG imports in light of increasing coal to gas switching, and related new investments in gas storage.

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        2nd G20 Energy Transitions Working Group and G20 Energy Ministers Meeting

        San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

        2nd G20 Energy Transitions Working Group and G20 Energy Ministers Meeting

        San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

        Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF) participated in the 2nd G20 Energy Transitions Working Group, and G20 Energy Ministers Meeting hosted by the Presidency of Argentina under the theme “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development” on 13-15 June 2018 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

        To advise the G20 Delegations, the Presidency of Argentina circulated the Concluding Statement of the IEF16 Ministerial Meeting that HE Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India, issued on behalf of the IEF16 host country, India, on 12 April 2018, in advance of the G20 Energy Transitions Working Group and Energy Ministers Meetings.

        The IEF Secretary General was given the floor in Session III and IV on Energy Access and Data Transparency of the Energy Transitions Working Group to briefly highlight interrelations and  IEF engagement in these areas that it carries out in close collaboration with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and as the coordinator of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) with JODI Partner Organisations: The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Eurostat,  the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), Organización Latino Americana de Energia (OLADE) , the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD).

        The Secretary General took part in the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting proceedings and held several bilateral meetings with participating heads of delegations.

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        Natural Gas Day

        San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

        Natural Gas Day

        San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

        Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum took part in the Natural Gas Day hosted by the International Gas Union and the Argentinian Institute of Oil & Gas (Instituto Argentino del Petróleo y del Gas, IAPG) under the theme “Natural Gas: Facilitating Growth and Cleaner Energy Systems” in San Carlos de Bariloche on 12 June 2018.

        Benefitting from the institutional support of the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Argentina, the meeting took place on the eve of Argentina’s G20 Energy Transitions Working Group and Energy Ministers Meetings on 13-15 June. David Carroll, IGU President and HE Juan José Aranguren, Minister of Energy and Mining of Argentina welcomed delegates and provided opening statements.

        Dr Sun Xiansheng moderated panel session discussions on the role of gas as part of the pathway to achieving a sustainable energy future. Other panel sessions focused on gas as an abundant, accessible and flexible energy source, and contributor to climate change mitigation and clean air. Discussions demonstrated that gas is both a catalyst for orderly energy transitions and sustainable development.

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        IEF lecture JBC energy market watch

        IEF Lecture: JBC Energy Market Watch

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        IEF Lecture: JBC Energy Market Watch

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Dr Sun Xiansheng hosted Mr Alexander Pögl, Head of Business Development of JBC Energy to present on recent oil market dynamics and JBC demand and supply projections at the IEF Headquarters in Riyadh on 10 May 2018. The presentation provided perspectives on OPEC supply strategies, US tight oil production and the repercussions of crude quality changes, including the impact of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) bunker fuel regulation on oil markets.

        On the demand side, Mr Pögl highlighted that after almost six years of sustained demand growth, increases in consumption may slow due to rising prices for transport fuels that, out of all refined products, are forecast to remain the strongest force to shape the dynamics of demand. Pointing at a recent upswing in European oil demand, gasoline and diesel demand are projected to come under pressure in the 2020s.

        On the supply side, Mr Pögl touched on the interaction between OPEC and US tight oil supplies driven by the Permian Basin. Though the first phase of US tight oil production was largely absorbed by US refineries, new production will be directed to international markets after infrastructure constraints are overcome to draw US stockpiles to international markets. He also noted that technology advances allow the industry to operate with greater efficiency. This has not only enabled more resilient unconventional production but is also likely to decrease conventional decline rates. The presentation concluded by discussing the IMO Bunker Fuels Regulation that limits sulphur emissions to 0.5 percent globally by 2020 and what this entails for LNG and oil product demand and how industry can best meet this challenge.

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        IEF Lecture: Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Gas in China's Energy Transition

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        IEF Lecture: Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Gas in China's Energy Transition

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Dr Sun Xiansheng was pleased to host Dr Zhang Hualin, Director General, Policy Research Office, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) as the Head of the CNPC Delegation presenting on the China “One Belt One Road” Initiative (OBOR) and the Role of Natural Gas in China’s Energy Transition at the IEF Headquarters in Riyadh on 8 May 2018.

        CNPC’s presentation on “The Belt and Road”: Oil and Gas Cooperation Basics”, provided an overview of OBOR including CNPC’s role in the project ‘s scale and breadth that involves 68+ countries with a combined population of 4.4 billion. The OBOR initiative revolves around 3 Principles and 5 Priorities: The Principle of Joint Discussion, Co-construction and Sharing with Priorities focussed on Policy Coordination, Facilities Connectivity, Unimpeded Trade, Financial Integration, and People-to-People Bonds. The substance of the presentation focused on CNPC’s role in managing risks and opportunities in the energy sector dimension of the 5 overseas oil and gas cooperation areas of the OBOR initiative by implementing these principles and priorities.

        CNPC’s presentation on “The Role of Gas in China’s Energy Transition” and focussed on natural gas demand-supply dynamics including China’s growing natural gas consumption and domestic production. CNPC baseline projection for natural gas demand to grow by 8.6% between 2016-2020 and 4.3% between 2020-2030 reaching 290 billion cubic meters (bcm) and 440 bcm in 2020 and 2040 respectively. Excellence in natural gas supply chain management must be achieved by the 5As of Availability, Accessibility, Assurance, Affordability and Accountability as accelerated urbanisation and clean air requirements demand. 

        For China’s gas industry to enter a period of strategic opportunity and rapid development price and infrastructure hurdles need to be overcome according to CNPC. Alongside China’s increasing reliance on international energy markets for oil, gas and coal imports – for which foreign dependencies reached 68%, 39% and 9.5% respectively in 2017 – the energy transition challenges China faces relate to a coal dominated and carbon intensive industry. To overcome these challenges, China’s 13th Five Year Energy Plan promotes expansion of the natural gas market, scaling up renewables as well as deploying clean and ultra-efficient technologies, while reducing excess coal capacity. 

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        IEF Lecture: Global Energy Markets: Today and Tomorrow

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        IEF Lecture: Global Energy Markets: Today and Tomorrow

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) Dr Sun Xiansheng welcomed Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to present an IEF Lecture on Global Energy Market trends at IEF Headquarters in Riyadh on 2 May 2018.

        In his presentation and roundtable discussion, moderated by the Ambassador of Germany to Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Dieter Walter Haller, Dr Birol complimented the IEF Secretary General on the successful conclusion of the IEF16 Ministerial Meeting hosted by India on 10-12 April in New Delhi. He noted that Asian economies such as India have moved closer towards the centre stage of world energy affairs and highlighted that global oil demand growth had rebounded in 2017 at twice the rate of the past decade. The need for investment in oil has therefore not diminished, given continued growth in demand and 3 mb/d of declines from mature fields each year.

        Asian energy demand growth in which India has taken over the lead from China will influence global energy markets trends. Natural gas, electrification and digitalisation will be new driving forces alongside growing demand for oil in transport and petrochemicals sectors and for clean technologies in coal fired power generation. Dr Birol pointed towards a moderate decoupling between global economic growth and carbon emissions over recent years accompanied by large-scale deployment of wind and solar technologies. Although, after three years of remaining flat, global energy-related CO2 emissions grew in 2017 partly due to less emphasis being placed on energy efficiency.

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        IEF Lecture: Oil Supply Risks and Opportunities: The Big Moving Parts

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        IEF Lecture: Oil Supply Risks and Opportunities: The Big Moving Parts

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        The Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Dr Sun Xiansheng was pleased to host Bill Farren-Price, CEO of Petroleum Policy Intelligence (PPI), and Derek Brower, Managing Director of Research to present on oil supply risks and opportunities at the IEF Headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday May 2, 2018.

        The first of the two-part presentation focused on geopolitical risks to oil supply that may create volatility in a tightening market. Discussion revolved around the political volatility in Venezuela and the Middle East including what a potential withdrawal by the United States from the 2015 Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action may imply for an oil market moving towards equilibrium. PPI concludes that OPEC spare capacity is limited, and security of supply is now more exposed to geopolitical risks.

        Part two of the presentation discussed whether tightening supply-demand balances risk a new oil cycle by eroding demand or will stimulate more investment. Participants discussed how geopolitical risks, new policies, and technology advances will work together to assess their impact on oil market stability.

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        IEF16 Ministerial

        New Delhi, India

        IEF16 Ministerial

        New Delhi, India

        The Government of India hosted 90+ delegations including 50 energy ministers, 30 CEOs, 12 heads of international organisations and 500+ guests at the 16th biennial International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting (IEF16) in New Delhi on 10-12 April 2018 with the support of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea as co-hosts. The meeting was held under the theme: "The Future of Global Energy Security - Transition, Technology, Trade and Investment". Providing the opportunity for attendees to discuss relevant issues that currently affect global energy markets, the IEF Ministerial is the largest gathering of energy ministers in the world.

        Meeting on the neutral global platform that the IEF provides to strengthen international cooperation on energy through dialogue, the IEF16 focused on how global shifts, transition policies and new technologies influence market stability and future investment and trade patterns in the energy sector. Dialogue among Ministers and industry leaders on how global shifts, new policies and technologies change investment and trade patterns and influence energy market security, facilitate orderly transitions, and accelerate the achievement of shared goals.

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        On behalf of the IEF16 host country, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India inaugurated the IEF16 Ministerial Meeting. Prime Minister Modi shared his energy vision as comprising four pillars – energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security. He called for a mutually supportive relationship between producers and consumers. He also called for optimal use of the neutral platform of the IEF to build a global consensus on ‘responsible pricing’, that serves the mutual interests of both producers and consumers. H.E. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India, HE Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and H.E. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum also addressed delegates at the Inaugural Session, setting the scene for the Forum’s discussions. 

        Ministerial dialogue was structured in four thematic plenary sessions, and four parallel roundtables focussed on:

        • Global shifts: The Future of Global Energy Security – Finding New Balances
        • Sustainable and Inclusive Growth – Energy Access and Affordability
        • Oil and Gas Market Stability and Change – Investment in a New Era
        • Uptake of Clean Technologies: Disruption and Coexistence of New and Existing Technologies – The Way Ahead

        Meeting at a time of uncertainty, dynamism and change, IEF16 ministers acknowledged that global energy security is taking on new meanings that have just as much to do with adaptability as energy access, affordability, and inclusive and sustainable growth. IEF16 ministers noted that their presence in New Delhi manifests that, through open dialogue, energy market stakeholders can move forward faster and farther when embracing shared value propositions that benefit all. Noting from contributions by both the International Energy Agency and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that the fossil fuel sector shall continue to provide around three-quarters of energy demand in 2040, as projected in their main scenarios, IEF16 delegates focused dialogue on the mutual reinforcing role of fossil fuels and clean energy technologies, including renewables calling for reliable, and realistic transformations that all can afford, and rational responses to the global energy challenges we face together.

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        Photo: Heads of Delegation at the IEF16.

        Delegates took note of the contributions by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), acknowledging that global agreements on shared goals, and energy access concluded under the aegis of the United Nations in 2015, are in the early phases of implementation and that despite progress, collective efforts must be stepped up to achieve universal energy access and alleviate energy poverty by 2030.

        IEF16 delegates focussed on the limited volume of upstream oil and gas sector investments as a consequence of the downward price cycle, and the risks and opportunities that new unconventional production resilience brings to the stability of oil and gas markets globally. Ministers and industry leaders welcomed enhanced dialogue on the role of new and existing energy producers and innovative cooperative arrangements to collectively shoulder the responsibility of maintaining oil and gas market stability and ensure investment moves forward in a timely and cost-effective manner in both short and longer cycle oil and gas projects.

        Delegates welcomed the rapid development of new energy technologies and the competitive disciplines a more diverse and vibrant market environment creates for the industry at large. To ensure successful energy sector transformations, IEF16 delegates acknowledged that more dialogue is needed on new policy and technology deployment to facilitate cost-effective transitions between new and existing technologies. Delegates recognised that failure to protect investments of existing assets in favour of new technologies will deter the effective mobilisation of capital in new projects as well. 

        IEF16 delegates noted that global shifts in energy demand and supply patterns, as well as rapid technology advances alter world energy market dynamics and compel corresponding governance structures including the institutional set up of the IEF energy dialogue to respond to evolving producer-consumer relations. IEF16 delegates also acknowledged that as energy markets are governed by complexity, enhanced dialogue on probable energy pathways will improve market transparency and work to achieve shared goals together. They noted that institutional cooperation has gone from strength to strength to make different outlook projections more comparable, raise the energy dialogue to a higher level and welcomed sharpened focus on reducing differences in historical baseline data, improving fuel type classifications and the modernisation of country classifications.

        IEF16 ministers, industry leaders, and heads of international organisations applauded the leadership of the government of India in taking the IEF energy dialogue forward as host of the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial. Thanking the government of India for its generous hospitality, and the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea for their support as co-hosts, IEF16 delegates took note of the productive outcomes of their dialogue reflected in the concluding statement (available for download) that H.E. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship presented on behalf of the government of India

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        Photo: The Honourable Shri Narendra Modi opens the IEF16

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        IEF16 Ministerial 2018

        Inauguration Session

        Welcoming and Scene Setting Remarks

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        Photo: H.E. Sun Xiansheng, H.E. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, The Honourable Shri Narendra Modi and H.E. Khalid Al Falih inaugurate the IEF16.

        Plenary Session 1: Global Shifts: The Future of Global Energy Security - Finding New Balances

        Opening Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Sean Evers, Founder and Managing Partner, Gulf Intelligence

        Scene Setting Remarks

        Moderated Interactive Panel Discussion, Q&A

        Panel Speakers (Ministers)

        • H.E. Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, Minister of Petroleum, Iran
        • H.E. Kosaburo Nishime, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
        • H.E. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada , Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar
        • H.E. Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy, Russian Federation

        Panel Speakers (CEOs)

        • Wang Yilin, Chairman, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)
        • B.C. Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director, Gail India
        • Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation
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        Photo: The Honourable Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, welcomes the heads of delegation.

        Plenary Session 2: Sustainable and Inclusive Growth - Energy Access and Affordability

        Opening Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Fereidun Fesharaki, Founder and Chairman, FACTS Global Energy (FGE)

        Scene Setting Remarks

        Moderated Interactive Panel Discussion, Q&A

        Panel Speakers (Ministers)

        • H.E. Mustapha Guitouni, Minister for Energy, Algeria
        • H.E. Bir Bikram Tawfiq e Elahi Chowdhury, Adviser (Minister) to Hon'ble Prime Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs, Bangladesh
        • H.E. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt
        • H.E. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, India
        • H.E. Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
        • Phillip Jennings, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
        • Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates

        Panel Speakers (CEOs)

        • Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baker Hughes GE
        • D. Rajkumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
        • Nizar Al Adsani, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Petroleum Company
        • Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Total
        • Emma Cochrane, Vice President, LNG, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Company
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        Parallel Roundtable 1: Refining, and Petrochemical Sector - New Growth Potentials and Rationalisation

        Opening Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Ambassador Arne Walther, former IEF Secretary General, former Norwegian Ambassador to India, Austria and Japan

        Scene Setting Remarks

        Moderated Presentations by Panelists

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        Photo: Kate Dourian, Programme Officer, Middle East and North Africa, Directorate of Global Energy Relations, IEA

        Parallel Roundtable 2: Fiscal Regimes and Legal Reforms to Attract Investment in the Energy Sector

        Opening Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • H.E. Aldo Flores Quiroga, Deputy Secretary of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy, Mexico

        Scene Setting Remarks

        Moderated Presentations by Panelists

        • H.E. Saleh A. Al Kharabsheh, Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources, Jordan
        • H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, President of the OPEC Conference, United Arab Emirates
        • Phillip Jennings, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
        • Asma Muttawa, General Legal Counsel, OPEC
        • Narendra Kumar Verma, ONGC Videsh
        • Utpal Bora, Chairman and Managing Director, Oil India Limited
        • Carole Nakhle, Director, Crystol Energy, Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center
        • Qiang Liu, Director of Energy Division, Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
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        Photo: H.E. Aldo Flores Quiroga, Deputy Secretary of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy, Mexico

        Parallel Roundtable 3: Energy Sector Digitalisation - Benefits and Challenges

        Opening Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Ashok Belani, Executive Vice President Technology, Schlumberger

        Scene Setting Remarks

        Moderated Presentations by Panelists

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        Photo: Adedapo Odulaja, Head, Data Services Department, OPEC

        Parallel Roundtable 4: Human Resources: Attracting Talent to a Vibrant Industry - Integrating New Generations and Technologies

        Opening Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Amos Hochstein, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Tellurian

        Scene Setting Remarks

        • Pierce Riemer, Director General, World Petroleum Council

        Moderated Presentations by Panelists

        Plenary Session 3: Oil & Gas Market Stability and Change - Investment in a New Era

        Scene Setting Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Christof Rühl, Global Head of Research, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

        Moderated Interactive Panel Discussion, Q&A

        Panel Speakers (Ministers)

        • H.E. Saadeldin Hussein Elbushra Abd Elmagid, State Minister, Sudan
        • H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates, President of the OPEC Conference
        • H.E. Angel Gonzalez, Vice Minister for Hydrocarbons, Venezuela
        • H.E. Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

        Panel Speakers (CEOs)

        • Prabhat Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Petronet LNG Limited (PLL)
        • Eelco Hoekstra, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Vopak
        • DK Sarraf, Chairman, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board
        • PMS Prasad, Director, Reliance Industries
        • Amos Hochstein, Senior Vice President, Tellurian

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        Plenary Session 4: Uptake of Clean Technologies: Disruption and Coexistence of New and Existing Technologies - The Way Ahead

        Scene Setting Remarks and Introductions by Moderator

        • Kamel Ben Naceur, Chief Economist, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), former Minister of Energy, Tunisia

        Moderated Interactive Panel Discussion, Q&A

        Panel Speakers (Ministers)

        • H.E. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Morocco
        • H.E. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy, Thailand
        • H.E. Inho Lee, Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Korea
        • H.E. Aldo Flores Quiroga, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Mexico

        Panel Speakers (CEOs)

        • Ashish Bhandari, President, India, Baker Hughes GE
        • J.C. Nakra, Chairman & Managing Director, Engineers India Limited
        • Ashok Belani, Executive Vice President, Technology, Schlumberger
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        Concluding Session

        Opening Remarks

        Special Address: Argentinian - G20 Presidency

        • Marcos Pourteau, Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Argentina

        Concluding Statement

        Valedictory Speech

        Announcement of the host and co-host countries of IEF17 Message by/on behalf of the host and co-host, respectively, of the IEF17 in 2020

        • H.E. Li Fanrong, Deputy Administrator, National Energy Administration, China

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        6th Meeting of Heads of JODI Partner Organisations

        New Delhi, India

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        6th Meeting of Heads of JODI Partner Organisations

        New Delhi, India

        The heads and representatives of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) Partners who were present for the 16th IEF Ministerial Meeting in New Delhi, India - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Energy Forum, (IEF), Organización Latino americana de Energia (OLADE) , and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) - met on 10 April 2018 for the 6th Meeting of the Heads of JODI Partner Organisations to take account of progress made since their last high-level meeting in Algiers in 2016.

        The meeting of the Heads of the JODI Partners is held every 2 years in association with the IEF Ministerial Meeting. The main objective of the Head of JODI  meeting is to help determine and set forth an agreed path forward for JODI based on the outcome of consultations with the JODI data-user community and the aspirations of the Partners to deliver ongoing improvements to the Initiative.

        JODI Information Seminar highlights

        The JODI Heads discussed how they can best collaborate with different stakeholders at various stages of the JODI Data supply chain focusing on improving the quality and completeness of the released information. They also reviewed progress made on the 5-Year JODI Action-Plan and commend future JODI activities in line with the Plan.

        The JODI Heads welcomed that JODI is now seen as reference in the oil and gas industry, and that JODI Data now appear on commercial data redistribution platforms. 

        The JODI Heads took note of efforts to improve energy data transparency beyond the current data collection framework by increasing the visibility and accessibility of currently available data, such as coal, on the JODI Website, and to assess thefeasibility of extending JODI coverage to other energy flows.

        Upon concluding the meeting, the Heads of JODI Partner Organisations called on all JODI stakeholders in government and industry to continue their support for improving JODI Data quality. The Partners also called on IEF Ministers to ensure that the necessary regulatory and institutional framework, as well as adequate human and financial resources are available to provide comprehensive, reliable, and timely energy data.

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        JODI Information Seminar - Held on the Sideline of IEF16

        New Delhi, India

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        JODI Information Seminar - Held on the Sideline of IEF16

        New Delhi, India

        The JODI Information Seminar was held on 10 April 2018 on the sidelines of the 16 International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting (IEF16) held in New Delhi, India.

        The event was inaugurated by H.E. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the IEF and Sunjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India. H.E. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General, GECF, H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, OPEC as well as representative of APEC, IEA, and OLADE inaugurated the Seminar. 

        The Seminar gathered government officials, industry experts, and media to revisit the history of JODI, characterised by strong political support since its inception in 2000. Acting as the mechanism for cooperation among national administrations, the JODI Partners were highlighted for their role in the JODI Data supply chain, maintaining a key feature of the initiative.

        JODI Information Seminar highlights

        IEF Secretary General, H.E. Sun Xiansheng highlighted that leaders need reliable data to make foresighted decisions on policies and investments. He reaffirmed the IEFs commitment to enhance global energy data transparency under the JODI framework and saluted collaborations by the JODI Partners amongst international organisations and representatives of national administrations to achieve the shared goals of JODI. Sunjay Sudhir reinforced the significance of reliable data to support short-, and long-term gas market research and forecasts.

        Fuad AlZayer, the Coordinator of JODI at the IEF highlighted strong political support and joint efforts of the JODI Partners as well as their member countries, to build the JODI Database since its inception in 2000. Erica Robin, Oil and Gas Section Head, IEA highlighted the key features that differentiate JODI from other data sources while Aziz Yahyai of OPEC demonstrated how OPEC use JODI data for their market research to achieve “Better Data - Better Decisions”. Atreyee Das, Director General, Petroleum Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India, underlined the benefits of energy data transparency for national administrations and India’s journey to enhance their energy data transparency.              

        Delegates from the JODI Partners Organisations and Seminar attendees deliberated views on the way forward, and avenues for overcoming challenges faced in the processes involved in compiling the JODI World Databases.

        Attendees viewed data transparency as paramount to a smooth energy transition and stronger collective efforts towards achieving sustainable development goals, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG7 - “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.

        The JODI Information Seminar hosted in India held on the sideline of the IEF16 Ministerial 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, and Identifying and engaging champions for JODI.

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

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

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        Opening Remarks

        • Sunjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India

        Scene Setting and Welcome Remark

        Introduction of JODI Partner Organisations in presence of heads of JODI Partner Organisations

        • APEC, GECF, IEA, OPEC, OLADE

        JODI History to Present: Importance of Energy Data Transparency

        How JODI data are collected and processed: key features that differentiate JODI from other data sources

        Benefits of energy data transparency for national administration

        • Atreyee Das, Director General, Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India

        How JODI Data Is Used for Market Research: Better Data - Better Decisions

        JODI Participation Assessments and Key Features of JODI World Databases

        • Yuichiro Torikata, Energy Analyst, IEF

        Roundtable discussion: "How to Further Enhance Engagement of National Administrations Responsible for JODI Data Collection & Dissemination?"


        Concluding Remarks

        • Dr Sun Xiansheng
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        6th Joint IEA-IEF-OPEC Workshop on the Interactions between Physical and Financial Energy Markets

        Vienna, Austria

        6th Joint IEA-IEF-OPEC Workshop on the Interactions between Physical and Financial Energy Markets

        Vienna, Austria

        The International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Energy Forum (IEF) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) hosted the 6th Joint IEA-IEF-OPEC Workshop on the Interactions between Physical and Financial Energy Markets at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria on 15 March 2018.

        The high-level meeting was chaired by OPEC Secretary General, HE Mr Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, together with HE Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the IEF, and Mr Neil Atkinson, Head of the Oil Industry and Markets Division at the IEA. Discussions were structured into five sessions focusing on the following key topics:

        • Recent oil market volatility
        • Developments in oil market financing
        • Emergence of blockchain technology
        • Price formation and small crude streams
        • Evolving crude trade flows

        The Workshop is part of the trilateral work programme established by the IEA, IEF and OPEC, and endorsed by energy ministers at the 12th International Energy Forum in Cancún, Mexico, held in March 2010 and subsequent G20 meetings. The Joint Workshop represents the 8th event in this particular ongoing dialogue of the trilateral work programme that considers the evolving inter-linkages between physical and financial energy markets, and issues of common concern not typically addressed in other high-level fora.

        To encourage open and informative discussions, the Workshop was held under the Chatham House Rule, with participation of key market participants on the financial and physical sides of the market. The next Joint Workshop is scheduled to take place on 19 March 2019.

        Welcome and Opening Remarks

        Session I: Recent Oil Market Volatility

        Moderated by Harry Tchilinguirian, BNP Paribas
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        Session II Developments in Oil Market Financing

        Moderated by David Chang, Wellington Management
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        Session III: Financial Oil Market Technology

        Moderated by Bill Farren-Price, Petroleum Policy Intelligence
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        Session IV: Price Formation for Small Crude Streams

        Moderated by Antoine Halff, Columbia University
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        Session V: Evolving Crude Trade Flows

        Moderated by Giovanni Serio, Vitol
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        IEF Lecture: BP Energy Outlook 2018

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        IEF Lecture: BP Energy Outlook 2018

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        Dr Sun Xiansheng, IEF Secretary General took great pleasure in hosting Mr Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics, BP, to present the BP Energy Outlook 2018 at IEF Headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday, 13 March 2018.

        Informed by BP’s Statistical Review of Global Energy, the BP Energy Outlook 2018 provides high-quality data and well-informed assessments on world energy market developments. As the global energy landscape is changing, the outlook outlines BP's views of future global energy markets through 2040 and explores key uncertainties. This year’s presentation informed a distinguished audience of diplomats, industry representatives and academic researchers on the growing role of developing economies in energy consumption, continued energy efficiency gains, and the increasing share of unconventional production, as well as non-fossil fuels in global energy supply. Providing perspectives from one of the key players in the energy industry on global energy transformations, the presentation Mr Mark Finley gave upon the invitation of Dr Sun Xiansheng on the IEF platform advanced open, transparent and informed energy dialogue among IEF stakeholders.

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        16th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Europe

        Odessa, Ukraine

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        16th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Europe

        Odessa, Ukraine

        The 16th Regional JODI Training Workshop targeting Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Europe was held in Odessa, Ukraine  from 12-16 March 2018. The event was held as a part of IEA for EU4Energy Training Week on Monthly Statistics hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the European Union under the EU4Energy Project initiative.

        The Workshop was organised by the IEF with the support of the JODI Partners: APEC, Eurostat, GECF, IEA, OPEC, OLADE and UNSD. Trainers from Eurostat, GECF and UNSD were present to benefit the energy data professionals in charge of hydrocarbon data collection and dissemination at national administrations in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Europe.

        More than 50 delegates from 10 countries took part in the Workshop designed to raise awareness of JODI and improve the national capacity to achieve better JODI data submission from each represented country within the region. The Workshop was opened by Mr Ihor Verner, Chair of State Statics Services of Ukraine, and was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.

        Hands-on exercises provided a unique opportunity to explore methodologies for condensing data from complex energy supply chains into simple JODI questionnaire formats. Throughout these intensive training activities, attendees actively exchanged in dialogue on data with the JODI Partner organisations and amongst themselves, to share knowledge on the best practices related to data reporting mechanisms.

        Workshop attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a parallel forum on transportation policies held under EU4Energy framework, with a special emphasis on the need for reliable data to make effective policy decisions. The theme of this forum highlighted the JODI mission for Better Data, Better Decisions.

        JODI Regional Training Workshops fall directly in line with Objective 3 of the JODI 5-Year Action Plan to continue to strengthen capacity building efforts to improve JODI Data quality, timeliness and availability.

        The JODI Partners will continue to follow-up on outstanding issues identified during the workshop and commitments made by participating countries to ensure greater data transparency within the region.

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        1st IEF-USEA Industry Advisory Committee Workshop

        Washington DC, USA

        1st IEF-USEA Industry Advisory Committee Workshop

        Washington DC, USA

        Oil and gas markets witnessed profound changes on both the supply and demand side over the past three years. Market stability, however, appears more than before, to rest on agreements and technologies yet to be fully tested in the new market setting. Though new unconventional volumes have shortened investment cycles, and policy shifts on the demand side may slow demand growth rates, increasing oil and gas consumption must ultimately be balanced by a return of investment in conventional production and infrastructure.

        To discuss energy security in the new market setting, Dr Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), and Mr Barry K. Worthington, Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA) co-hosted a First IEF Industry Advisory Committee Workshop in Washington DC on 27 February 2018.

        The Workshop explored developments that are reshaping energy markets to help inform dialogue at the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial that India will host in New Delhi on 10-12 April 2018 under the theme “The Future of Global Energy Security”.

        Mrs Andrea Lockwood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Middle East, Europe & Eurasia of the U.S. Department of Energy, and member of the IEF Executive Board welcomed participants. To set the stage for two panel sessions with representatives from industry, Dr Linda Capuano, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Administration and Mr Biswajist Roy, Director of Oil India Limited gave key note addresses. Joseph McMonigle, President & Cofounder of the Abraham Group, and Vicky Bailey, Founder of Anderson Stratton International, Director Cheniere Energy, Former Assistant Secretary of International Affairs at DOE, and Chairman of the USAE, moderated discussions on continuity and change in energy markets, and transparency respectively assessing strengths and weaknesses of the new oil and gas market setting and requirements for investment to move forward in future.

        Discussions were governed by Chatham House rule, opening remarks and presentations are retrievable below.

        Welcome and Opening Remarks

        • Barry K. Worthington, Executive Director, USEA
        • Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, IEF
        • Andrea Lockwood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Middle East, Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Department of Energy

        Keynote Addresses

        Panel Session I New Volumes, Same Cycles? Continuity and Change in Energy Markets; What does a SWOT analysis of the new environment give?

        Moderated by Joseph McMonigle, President and Cofounder, The Abraham Group

        Panel Session II Dialogue and Market Transparency; How is energy security served, what does investment require to move forward?

        Moderated by Vicky Bailey, Founder Anderson Stratton International, Director Cheniere Energy, former Assistant Secretary of International Affairs at DOE

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        1st G20 Energy Efficiency and Renewables Forum and Energy Transitions Working Group

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        1st G20 Energy Efficiency and Renewables Forum and Energy Transitions Working Group

        Buenos Aires, Argentina

        The International Energy Forum (IEF) participated in the 1st Energy Efficiency & Renewables Forum and Energy Transitions Working Group, held under the G20 Presidency of Argentina with the motto "Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development" on 21-23 February 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

        In the 1st Session of the G20 Energy Transitions Working Group the G20 Presidency requested the IEF to contribute to G20 session discussions on energy data transparency and markets digitalisation by presenting on JODI-Oil and Gas. Delegates observed that market transparency has always been at the heart of the IEF Energy Dialogue on energy security, and the mission of the G20. Enhancing collaboration on data transparency will become more important to strengthen energy security, sustainable development, and orderly transitions in the interests of all stakeholders. The greater ease of access to more granular data that digitisation offers will allow energy policy makers and investors to make better decisions faster in a more dynamically evolving world energy market.

        The IEF also participated in the Energy Efficiency & Renewables Forum following the 2nd G20 Energy Ministers’ call on the International Energy Forum in 2016 under the Chinese Presidency to establish a Knowledge Sharing Framework on Energy Efficiency in support of the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme. This extends work on an Asian Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing Framework under the IEF that Energy Ministers gathered at the 6th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Doha, Qatar in 2015 endorsed upon a proposal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the support of Japan, and welcomed at the IEF15 Ministerial Meeting in Algiers in 2016.

        At the 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2017, Ministers encouraged stakeholders to pool efforts in globally integrated frameworks to accelerate energy efficiency gains across the full energy sector spectrum and leverage the IEF Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing Framework, in close collaboration with relevant organisations, and governance platforms in Asia, as well as with other international organisations such as the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, the IEA, the International Energy Charter, OPEC, SEforAll, the United Nations, working together in the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme adopted under the Chinese G20 Presidency in 2016 and other relevant arrangements to further enhance energy productivity in Asia and the wider world economy.

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        ExxonMobil 2018 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

        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

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        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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        • 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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        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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        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.

        2nd IEF-EU Energy Day

        Photo: Véronique Hyeulle, Senior Adviser Global Sustainable Development, European Commission, Directorate General, Environment

        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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        JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - February 2018

        Vienna, Austria

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        JODI Inter-Secretariat Meeting - February 2018

        Vienna, Austria

        The IEF chaired an Inter Secretariat Meeting of JODI partner organisations including APEC, Eurostat, GECF, IEA, IEF, OLADE, OPEC, & UNSD in Vienna on 7-8 February 2018.

        The meeting, hosted by OPEC at their Headquarters in Vienna, focused on preparation for the upcoming 16th IEF Ministerial Meeting (IEF16) in New Delhi, India, including the JODI Information Seminar/Energy Data Transparency Exhibit and the Heads of JODI Partners Meeting scheduled on 10 April 2018.

        The meeting also reviewed progress on:

        • Participation Assessment of the JODI-Oil and JODI-Gas World Databases.
        • Outcomes from the 13th International JODI Conference held in London in October 2017.
        • Feedback from the JODI-Gas Information Seminar held in Bolivia on 21 November 2017.
        • Feedback since permission was granted to Data Redistribution Agencies (Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Platts) in October 2017 to republish JODI Data and increase the visibility of JODI Data.
        • Feedback on JODI and data transparency from G20 Ministers.
        • Steps on improving the availability of coal data and collection by JODI Partners. The planning of an Energy Data Transparency Portal to consolidate available coal data and resources via the JODI Website, contributing to improved global coal data transparency.
        • Plans for JODI Capacity Building Workshops in 2018 for Eastern European countries in Ukraine, and for Latin American countries in Ecuador.
        • Brainstormed ideas for future JODI Capacity Building Workshops and JODI Data User Seminars.
        • Update on planned improvements of the JODI Website and JODI Database.

        Partners supported the plan to host the next JODI Capacity Building Workshop for Eastern European countries in Ukraine in March 2018, and a future workshop for Latin American countries during the second half of 2018.

        Partners also agreed to host the JODI Data Users Seminar in New Delhi, India alongside the JODI Information Seminar associated with 16th IEF Ministerial Meeting.

        JODI Partners also discussed a way forward to improve cooperation with other energy organisations who have shown interest in associating with JODI.

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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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        Saudi Green Building Forum - Green Building Outlook 2018 and Annual Meeting

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        Saudi Green Building Forum - Green Building Outlook 2018 and Annual Meeting

        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        In the presence of HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, Chairman of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the IEF welcomed the SGBF Secretary General, Faisal Alfadl and delegation to present the Green Building Outlook 2018 and Annual Meeting at the IEF Secretariat on Thursday, 28 December 2017. The Saudi Green Building Forum is a professional civil society establishment and a non-government organisation in a special consultative status with the United Nations.

        Delegates of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) presented a vision of market transformation for building codes and their environmental impact over time explaining the strategic imperatives necessary to build a more sustainable community. The SGBF, as a member of the LEED International Roundtable, presented LEED Technical Developments aimed at transforming new and existing buildings, expanding beyond commercial office space to become a full-scale performance based rating system providing a common global framework for green buildings. SGBF updated participants on the progress and areas for improvement of their member countries and the various programs relevant to the sustainable development of each nation. The Forum also discussed the technical issues and market barriers of different regions hindering the uptake of green building and LEED developments.

        In line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the Saudi Green Building Forum proposed that the IEF and lecture participants of both the public and private sectors consider joining the saaf® Green Building program, performance and certification aimed at measuring the use of energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience to build more efficient and sustainable structures and habits.

        The IEF, in coordination with the Saudi Green Building Forum, agreed to host the pioneer Project of the saaf® program, performance and certification at the IEF headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The saaf® program is a pilot project to SGBF leading the efforts in measuring the use of energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience with the goal of increasing energy efficiency and building more sustainable consumption habits over the long-term.