THE ABDULLAH BIN HAMAD AL-ATTIYAH INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
FOR ENERGY & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

CEO Roundtable Programme


December - 2019

Exploring the 2019 forces shaping our 2020 Outlook

The Al-Attiyah Foundation will host its 4th CEO Roundtable of 2019, to reflect upon the highs and lows of the past year and how these might unfold in 2020.   Sharing their unique perspectives and predictions, the international guest speakers, will explore the key issues and opportunities they believe will keep CEOs busy in 2020 – and beyond!


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September - 2019

Reducing CO2 Emissions from Energy-Intensive Industries

When 196 countries - Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - adopted the Paris Agreement in December 2015, it represented a major breakthrough. After more than 20 years of negotiations, the world agreed on a blueprint on how to keep global climate change well below 2 degrees Celsius and aiming for 1.5 degrees Celsius. The agreement is seen by many world leaders that gathered in Paris in December 2015, as the last hope for humanity to preserve the foundations for a healthy planet. It was hailed in 2015 as a major milestone in global efforts to tackle climate change and now provides a framework for all sectors, particularly the private sector to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change.


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June - 2019

Petrochemicals: Changing Trends in Refineries

Refineries and petrochemical plants and refineries both process hydrocarbon derived materials. Refineries focus on fuels production and products including LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), naphtha, gasoline (petrol), kerosene, jet fuels, diesel, gas oils, fuel oils, and petroleum coke. The main refinery processes involved are distillation, cracking heavier distillate production into lighter products and changing molecule structures (reforming).  It is the naphtha that refineries produce that primarily goes into petrochemicals but its main use currently is to produce gasoline.

 


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March - 2019

Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Industry

Burning natural gas produces less greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than burning coal and crude oil. For this reason, natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel. However, the principal component of natural gas, methane, is a potent greenhouse gas. Although short-lived in the atmosphere, methane contributes more than ten per cent to the overall anthropogenic emissions thus reducing methane emissions is considered one of the low-hanging fruits of climate change mitigation.


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