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IEA Energy Climate Change and Environment 2016 Report
The IEA Energy Climate Change and Environment 2016 report examines the key sectors, technologies, and policy measures that will be vital in the transformation of the global economy in the years ahead.
The UN Climate Change Newsroom captures news of climate change and stories about the groundswell of climate action by governments, companies, cities, the UN and civil society around the globe.
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. The 23 participating CEM countries and the European Commission together account for about 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90 percent of global clean energy investment. They are the world’s leaders in clean energy research, development, and implementation.
Clean Energy Business Council - UAE
Registered as a Not for Profit Company in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the Clean Energy Business Council is the pre-eminent organisation representing the private sector involved in the clean energy sector across the MENA region. Its goal is to establish a dialogue between the public and private sectors to drive the development of appropriate and much needed regulation and policy to support the development of this vital sector.
The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) states that Climate change is happening and is due to human activity, this includes global warming and greater risk of flooding, droughts and heat waves. This site offers explanations of cause, effect and potential remedies.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyses, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
Global Green Growth Institute
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. Established in 2012, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, GGGI is accelerating the transition toward a new model of economic growth – green growth – founded on principles of social inclusivity and environmental sustainability.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. The IEA has four main areas of focus: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide. This is Climate Change resource page.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in March 1998 under an initiative of the Japanese government and with the support of Kanagawa Prefecture based on the “Charter for the Establishment of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies”. The aim of the Institute is to achieve a new paradigm for civilisation and conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, reflecting the results of research into political decisions for realising sustainable development both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. IGES made the transition to a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation in April 2012.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.
This site contains the materials composed of the full scientific and technical assessment of climate change, generally in three volumes, one for each of the Working Groups of the IPCC, plus a Synthesis Report. Each of the Working Group volumes is composed of individual chapters, an optional Technical Summary and a Summary for Policymakers. The Synthesis Report synthesises and integrates materials contained within the Assessment Reports and Special Reports and is written in a non-technical style suitable for policymakers and address a broad-range of policy-relevant but policy-neutral questions. It is composed of a longer report and a Summary for Policymakers.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
IRENA RESOURCE is an extensive renewable energy portal offering access to data and statistics, country profiles, and material relating to a broad range of renewable energy sources.
Just Climate Action (India)
Just Climate Action is an initiative of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change in which it lays out India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) as submitted to the UNFCCC.
KACARE – Saudi Arabia
KACARE was established by Royal order A/35 of H.M. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on 17 April 2010 with the fundamental aim of building a sustainable future for Saudi Arabia by developing a substantial alternative energy capacity fully supported by world-class local industries. Saudi Arabia has a rapidly growing population that places an ever-increasing pressure on the country’s non-renewable hydrocarbon resources. Therefore, it was concluded that alternative, sustainable and reliable sources of energy for generating power and producing desalinated water should be introduced that will reduce consumption of the nation’s fossil fuel reserves. It was also determined that a balanced energy mix of alternative and conventional energy is strategically important to Saudi Arabia’s long-term prosperity, energy security, and its leading position in the global energy market.
MASDAR - UAE
Masdar's mission to advance the clean energy industry in Abu Dhabi and around the world, and it is a catalyst for the economic diversification of the emirate.The Mubadala Development Company, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, established Masdar as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2006. Masdar is guided by The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, a programme that drives new sources of income for the emirate and strengthens its knowledge-based economic sectors. Masdar takes a holistic approach to its organisation, with four business units that are interconnected and a research arm that complements their work. The business units are Masdar Capital, Masdar Clean Energy, Masdar Special Projects and Masdar City. Masdar Institute, an independent, research-driven graduate university, rounds out the organisation. With each unit focused on a key component of the value chain, Masdar operates with the broad scope needed to meet the most pressing sustainability challenges of tomorrow.
NASA’s program of breakthrough research on climate science using space-based observations is presented in this beautiful and graphic-intensive site: Global Climate Change, Vital Signs of the Planet.
National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan)
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) was established in 1974 as the sole research institute for integrated, interdisciplinary research in the broad fields of environmental research to provide the scientific and technical basis for the environmental policy-making administration. The NIES is a research institute that plays a central role in Japan in addressing environmental issues, by covering a wide range of research fields in an integrated way, and from local to global levels. Researchers from diverse fields of expertise carry out interdisciplinary work, ranging from basic research to research aimed at addressing complex environmental issues.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle climate change. It is an international environmental treaty that came into force in 1994 with the ultimate objective of stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.
The World Bank
The World Bank Group (also known as the “Bank Group”) is the largest anti-poverty institution in the world, offering loans, advice, knowledge and an array of customised resources to more than 100 developing countries and countries in transition. Established in 1944 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the Bank Group is a specialised United Nations agency that is made up of 188 member countries.
The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) stated mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.