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

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September - 2022

The Al-Attiyah Foundation is a proud partner of the Qatar National Dialogue on Climate Change (QNDCC)

The Al-Attiyah Foundation is a proud partner of the Qatar National Dialogue on Climate Change (QNDCC), held on September 19 and 20, 2022 at Multaqa, Education City.


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September - 2022

Winter is coming! Internationally acclaimed experts offer unique insights on gas prices at the latest Al-Attiyah Foundation CEO Roundtable

Top decision makers and internationally renowned experts came together to share their insights and perspectives on current and future gas prices at the latest CEO Roundtable held by the Al-Attiyah Foundation. At the event, held on the 12th of September in Doha and moderated by the acclaimed broadcaster, Eithne Treanor, captains of industry discussed the reasons behind the jump in gas prices and the events that could see them come crashing down in the future.  


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June - 2022

The most authoritative account to date. The Al-Attiyah Foundation delves deep into the world of ESG with new guidebook

The most authoritative account to date. The Al-Attiyah Foundation delves deep into the world of ESG with new guidebook

In our latest academic contribution, the Al-Attiyah Foundation has developed a guidebook on environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) and how it has changed the inner workings of some of the world’s most important institutions.


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June - 2022

Global experts come together to discuss CCUS at the latest Al-Attiyah Foundation CEO Roundtable

Internationally renowned experts and top decision-makers came together to share their insights and perspectives on the current and future role of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) in the fight against climate change at the latest CEO Roundtable held by the Al-Attiyah Foundation.


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May - 2022

A wake-up call? The Russia-Ukraine conflict could accelerate the adoption of renewable energy

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26), held in Glasgow in late 2021, was hotly anticipated. The summit was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and expectations for substantive results, such as ‘consigning coal to history’ and increasing climate finance to support climate action in the least developed countries, were high.

After frenetic last-minute negotiations, diplomats from nearly 200 countries struck a major agreement aimed at intensifying efforts to fight climate change. Pledges which drew the most attention were the phase-down of coal and fossil fuel subsidies, end of international financing for fossil fuels, accord on zero-emissions vehicles, global methane reductions, and the financial alliance for net zero


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April - 2022

The catalyst for change? The EU’s climate strategy sends ripple effects across the world

The catalyst for change? The EU’s climate strategy sends ripple effects across the world

Large corporations are set to pump huge sums of money into the fight against climate change as the European Union’s green taxonomy of sustainable investments comes into effect. The EU’s Taxonomy is a technical rulebook that identifies sustainable activities that contribute to the bloc’s green transition and comply with the Paris Agreement under the EU Green Deal.


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March - 2022

H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah QTV Interview - Launch of the Barzan Gas Project

In this one-hour special feature interview, H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Energy and Industry, and Chairman of The Al-Attiyah Foundation discusses, discusses the challenges faced as well as the extensive opportunities created in the launch of the Barzan Gas project.


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March - 2022

Industry leaders discuss how hydrogen is changing the energy mix at the Al-Attiyah Foundation CEO Roundtable

Internationally renowned experts and top decision makers came together to share their insights and perspectives on the current and future role of hydrogen in the world’s energy mix at the quarterly CEO Roundtable hosted by the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development.


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February - 2022

A Game Changer? Sovereign Wealth Funds to Shake up the Race to Net-Zero with Their Billions

The investment decisions of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are of vital importance in determining the pace of the ongoing energy transition and mitigating climate change, reports the Al-Attiyah Foundation in its latest Energy Report titled The Role of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Energy.


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January - 2022

Turning promises into policies! Europe Raises the Bar in the Fight Against Climate Change

The European Union is attempting to turn promises into policies with its ‘Fit for 55’ climate bill, the Al-Attiyah Foundation reports in its latest Sustainability Paper titled ‘The Progress of Green New Deals in Europe and the US’

In July 2021, the European Commission presented a dozen legislative proposals to ensure its climate and energy laws fit the ambition of a 55% cut in carbon emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. From phasing out the internal combustion engine to forest protection, no sector of the EU economy will go untouched.


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December - 2021

The Time to Act Is Now! Drastic and Immediate Change Needed to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

Many countries and companies have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 or soon after, however the path to such a scenario is littered with obstacles. Scientists have devised plans that outline how net-zero emissions can be reached by 2050. Some rely solely on renewable energy, as many environmentalists prefer, others lean on other technologies such as nuclear power or carbon capture. Each approach carries different social and economic trade-offs. However, most researchers agree that drastic changes in society and technological advancements are needed over the next decade to stay on pace for net-zero by the mid-century.


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December - 2021

COP26: Pressure Mounts on Oil and Gas Producers

COP26 means a lot more scrutiny for oil and gas producers, adding momentum to their growing focus on measuring and preventing greenhouse gas emissions from production and transportation.
 
While there was no global agreement to control the use or production of oil and gas, the UN Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in early November increased the pressure on producers to address greenhouse gas emissions. For a start, there was no trace of the climate scepticism that went with previous conferences, and there was little disagreement about the end goal of full decarbonisation, or at least carbon neutrality.


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July - 2021

Listen to Our Special European Interview Series

With an ever-growing base of international experts, Al-Attiyah Awards Alumni, and personal friends of H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Foundation has started a special set of high-level European Energy Industry interviews in 2020, which have continued into 2021.


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December - 2019

Spotlight Conversation with H.E. Al-Attiyah at Doha Forum

Qatar is on track to become the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the country’s former energy minister stressed on Saturday during a discussion at the Doha Forum, which concludes on December 15.
 
H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the chairman of the Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, made the statement during the forum’s special session titled ‘Spotlight Conversation with H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah.” Al-Attiyah recalled Qatar’s journey in the oil and gas industry and how it emerged as a leading producer of LNG through its partnerships with major oil and gas companies in the US and Europe. “Since discovering liquid gas, Qatar emerged as among the biggest producers of LNG worldwide,” Al-Attiyah noted, adding that the country’s success in the hydrocarbon sector enabled it to create a wide range of downstream industries in the succeeding years.


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November - 2019

Global Energy Experts at the 10th Bosphorus Summit

Al-Attiyah Foundation think tank hosts global energy experts at the 10th Bosphorus Summit to explore the re-ordering of energy sources
 
The Al-Attiyah Foundation, the leading energy and sustainable development think tank based in Qatar, hosted world energy experts for two engaging panel sessions focused on the ‘Geo-politics of Energy and Transitions to a New World Order’, at the 10th Bosphorus Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, on 28th November 2019.


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August - 2019

Climate Change: How risky to Qatar and the world

Climate Change.  The two words that are hitting global headlines daily; causing huge concern for some and potentially ignored by many.   The World Economic Forum (WEF) suggest we are sleep walking into a catastrophe, whilst others believe innovation, collaboration and swift action now, could reverse the trend.  In the recent Sustainability Digest, the Al-Attiyah Foundation explored the current situation and asks: how risky is climate change to Qatar and the world?


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August - 2019

Countries must triple their efforts to meet the 2-degree target outlined in the Paris Agreement

The end of 2018 marked two years since the ratification of the Paris Agreement, and two years from the first call for more ambitious pledges.  The international community is cautiously observing collective efforts to reduce emissions.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, concludes that staying well below two degrees is still within reach, but time is running out and deep emission reductions are a necessity in the coming decades.


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July - 2019

The Al-Attiyah Foundation hosts global experts to explore: “Petrochemicals and the changing trends in refineries”

We live in a time of economic uncertainty.  Energy is buffeted by potential responses to climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions on the one hand, whilst responding to a growing world population and progressing towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable (SDGs) on the other.


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March - 2019

2018 Al-Attiyah Foundation Annual Report

The Abdullah Bin Hammad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development  2018 Annual Report

The Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report is published to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and accountability in the way we work. The document is an integral publication, not only listing the Foundations activity for the preceding year, but also demonstrating the organisations drive to continue to be an internationally respected independent think tank that is a thought leader focussed on global energy and sustainable development topics.


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January - 2019

How Will Gas, Coal and Nuclear Power compete for Global Electricity Generation

For large-scale dispatchable electricity generation, coal and nuclear are the main global contenders with gas (due to constraints on hydropower).  So, which energy source will triumph? asked the Al-Attiyah Foundation in their latest energy research report.   

Each of these energy sources has strengths and weaknesses regarding costs, safety, public acceptability, greenhouse gas emissions and other important criteria.


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October - 2018

Corporate Social Responsibility: Best Practice Guidelines Handbook

The latest book from the Al-Attiyah Foundation – Best Practice Guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility – is based on the premise that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a good blueprint for framing corporate social responsibility (CSR) of companies and organisations, as well as how progress in approaches to sustainable development is influencing CSR practices.


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August - 2018

Can electric vehicles really threaten future energy demand?

The subject of peak oil and gas demand has recently risen to prominence.  From concerns over ‘peak supply’ in the early 2000s, there is now debate over whether the demand for oil and gas is set to decline and, if so, when and how quickly.    In its latest research report, the Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development looked at a number of major forecasts that assumed there will be a slowing of demand growth, and a shift away from coal and oil towards gas and renewables, driven by demographic change, economic maturity, and environmental concerns.


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July - 2018

2022 FIFA World Cup™ - A Showcase of Sustainability in Qatar


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July - 2018

The Cost of Climate Change - $535tn

Future generations will be handed a massive bill, that could amount to $535tn, resulting from the cost of climate change due to delays in implementing significant changes to reduce greenhouse gases. These were the findings from a new research to calculate the cost of the Negative CO2 Emissions technology needed to remove carbon dioxide from air in order to avoid the risks of climate change. The study was conducted by an international team of experts led by the American climatologist scientist James Hansen; previously the director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and published at Earth Systems Dynamics.


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