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

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June - 2022

Webinar Series: ESG Transformation

Since 2020, the Foundation has hosted a webinar series, in partnership with Refinitiv, to explore key trends and insights as the coronavirus pandemic impacts the energy industry and hastens the switch to renewables. The latest webinar, titled “ESG Transformation: Seizing the Opportunity,” was held on the 14th of June 2022 and saw four global experts examine the business case for ESG and the impact of the pandemic and other geopolitical crises on the implementation of ESG practices.


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June - 2022

CEO Roundtable: Carbon Capture, Storage & Utilisation

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), or carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS), is a suite of technologies to capture CO2 from carbon-emitting processes and to store it safely for the long-term in underground rock formations, convert it into useful products or into stable minerals. CCUS involves three steps aimed at reducing the release of anthropogenic CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide is captured from anthropogenic sources, then it is transported to the injection site and permanently stored in geological storage or it is utilised.

The Paris Agreement on climate action, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C.


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March - 2022

CEO Roundtable: Hydrogen Opportunities for Qatar

The race towards carbon neutrality by mid-century has certainly gathered momentum in the past few years. Netzero carbon aspirations are now increasingly common for countries, subnational regions, and companies, with about 70% of the global economy now covered by firm or indicative net-zero targets.

Despite the excitement, widescale change to the entire economy is required if the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement are to be met and temperature rise kept “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century (2100). It has become apparent that many different routes to net-zero will be necessary. These routes will be dictated not just by technology or overall economics but also by local needs and local assets.


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March - 2022

Webinar Series: Stepping up the Pace of Hydrogen Development

The latest Al-Attiyah Foundation webinar, titled Stepping up the Pace of Hydrogen Development, was held on 7 March and brought together worldrenowned experts to discuss the role environmentally friendly hydrogen can play in the ongoing energy transition and how using the gas in more urban activities can help nations achieve their net-zero carbon emissions targets.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) forecasts hydrogen will account for nearly 12% of global energy use by 2050, providing a $2.5 trillion investment opportunity through to 2050 for utilities, equipment makers and others seeking to reduce their emissions.


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December - 2021

CEO Roundtable: 2022 Global Energy Landscape: Will the crisis continue?


As 2021 drew to a close, the Foundation held two events to take stock of an eventful year.

At the CEO Roundtable and Webinar, both titled “2022 Global Energy Landscape: Will the crisis continue?”, key figures from the oil and gas industry convened to provide their analysis of the past year, forecasts for 2022
and expertise on key trends as the coronavirus pandemic impacts the energy industry and hastens the transition to renewables.

The quarterly CEO Roundtable has been the flagship event of the Foundation since its formation in 2015. The latest, held on December 1, 2021 was the second instalment of its new “hybrid form,” with CEOs, other invited guests and expert speakers joining either virtually through video link or physically at the venue.


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October - 2021

Webinar Series: Can COP26 Live Up To The World’s Expectations?

The race towards carbon neutrality by mid-century has certainly gathered momentum in the years since the Paris Agreement, with about 70% of the global economy now covered by firm or indicative net-zero targets.

However, widescale changes are required if the terms of the agreement are to be met and temperatures kept “well below” 2°C above preindustrial levels by 2100.


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September - 2021

CEO Roundtable: The Race To Net Zero

The race towards carbon neutrality by mid-century has certainly gathered momentum in the past few years. Net-zero carbon aspirations are now increasingly common for countries, sub-national regions and companies, with about 70% of the global economy now covered by firm or indicative net-zero targets.

Despite the excitement, widescale change to the entire economy is required if the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement are to be met and the temperature rise kept “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century (2100).


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July - 2021

Webinar Series: Achieving Net Zero With Hydrogen

To continue delivering interactive content during the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation started a webinar series in partnership with Refinitiv.

In the series, internationally renowned experts offer their unrivalled knowledge and opinions as we discuss key trends in the energy industry, and debate the need to transition to cleaner resources.


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February - 2021

Webinar Series: Opportunities And Challenges In The Energy Industry

In 2020 and continuing into 2021, the Al-Attiyah Foundation hosted a webinar series, in partnership with Refinitiv, to explore key trends and insights, in the wake of the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy industry, and the increasing debate on the need to transition to renewable energy. Three distinguished Fellows of the Al-Attiyah Foundation who are internationally renowned as energy trend analysts, were hosted to the most recent webinar in the series, that explored what the future might hold.


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December - 2020

Webinar Series: The Global Energy Outlook: From Crisis to Growth

The Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Financial Times, held a webinar on “The Global Energy Outlook: From Crisis to Growth”, on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. The purpose of the webinar was to reflect upon the highs and lows of 2020, and what might unfold in 2021. The Al-Attiyah Foundation is a leading not-for-profit international think tank in the region, with the mission to provide robust and practical knowledge and insights on global energy and sustainable development topics and communicate these for the benefit of the Foundation’s members and
community.


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November - 2020

Webinar Series: LNG Market Road To Recovery

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development provides robust and practical knowledge and insights on global energy and sustainable development topics, communicating these for the benefit of the Foundation’s members and community.

In 2020, the Foundation hosted a webinar series, in partnership with Refinitiv, to explore key trends and insights as the coronavirus pandemic impacts the energy industry and hastens the transition to renewables. The most recent webinar in the series explored the road to recovery for the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.


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October - 2020

Webinar Series: Achieving Water Security In A Changing World

The Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development provides robust and practical knowledge and insights on
global energy and sustainable development topics and communicates these for the benefit of the Foundation’s members and community.

In 2020, the Foundation hosted a webinar series, in partnership with Refinitiv, to explore key trends and insights as the coronavirus pandemic impacts the energy industry and hastens the transition to renewable energy. The most recent webinar in the series explored the potential of treated wastewater to ease worsening water stresses in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and increase access to safe, clean water for sanitation, and human consumption.


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September - 2020

Webinar Series: Opportunities and Challenges in The Energy Industry:Hydrogen

The Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development provides robust and practical knowledge and insights on global energy
and sustainable development topics and communicates these for the benefit of the Foundation’s members and community.

In 2020, the Foundation hosted a webinar series, in partnership with Refinitiv, to explore key trends and insights as the coronavirus pandemic continues to
impact the energy industry and highlight the need to transition to renewable energy. The most recent webinar in the series explored the prospects for hydrogen to become a key component of the global energy mix.


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August - 2020

Webinar Series: The Role of Sustainable Energy in Economic Recovery Packages

The Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development provides robust and practical knowledge and insights on global energy and sustainable development topics and communicates these for the benefit of the Foundation’s members and community.

In 2020, the Foundation hosted a webinar series, in partnership with Refinitiv, to explore key trends and insights into how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the energy industry and how it can recover from the unprecedented turmoil caused by Covid-19.
The most recent webinar in the series examined the role that sustainable energy will play in national and regional economic stimulus plans.


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December - 2019

CEO Roundtable: Exploring The 2019 Forces Shaping Our 2020 Outlook

On the 4th December in Doha the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted its 4th CEO Roundtable of 2019, with the aim to reflect upon the highs and lows of the past year and how these might unfold in 2020. Four expert guest speakers shared their unique perspectives on what they believe should be the focus for 2020 and beyond. The speakers’ presentations, as well as the rich roundtable discussion that followed, explored the key geopolitical, energy and sustainability trends that influenced the world in 2019, as well as the key game-changing forces that might disrupt the status quo in the future.


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September - 2019

CEO Roundtable: Reducing CO2 Emissions from Energy-intensive Industries (Iron & Steel, Aluminium and Cement)

One of the biggest challenges that governments and industry are currently facing is reducing CO2 emitted by heavy industry whilst also meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The environmental impact of heavy industry, which is integral for inclusive economic growth, needs to be minimised. The transition to more climate friendly sources of electricity generation such, as wind farms and solar panels, also requires significant amounts of steel, cement and rarer metals. Within this context, the Al-Attiyah Foundation, the leading energy and sustainable development think tank, based in Qatar, hosted four international experts to share their opinions about the strategies and technologies required for decarbonising heavy industries.


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June - 2019

CEO Roundtable: Petrochemicals: changing world of refineries. What are the key trends for 2020 and beyond?

On 27 June 2019, the Al-Attiyah Foundation hosted the 2nd CEO Roundtable of 2019, flying in expert speakers to share their insights and experience with Qatari based CEOs who are members of the Foundation.  All guests had the opportunity to share their opinions and understanding in what was a thought-provoking and lively discussion on the future of the refining industry.


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March - 2019

CEO Roundtable: Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Industry.

In March 2019, the Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted the CEO Roundtable Series on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Tackling the issue is crucial for natural gas to play a major role in a successful transition to a low carbon economy. The regular quarterly roundtable in Qatar's capital of Doha brought together international and local experts to discuss challenges and opportunities for the industry on the road to what is seen as the golden age for natural gas. There is an enormous opportunity for the natural gas industry to enhance its sustainability credentials and its market potential by addressing the challenge of methane, which is responsible for 25% of global warming. If not tackled, methane emissions can become an existential threat for the whole sector.


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