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


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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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November - 2021

Solving the Energy Crisis: Industry Experts Discuss the Year Ahead at the Al-Attiyah Foundation CEO Round Table

CEOs, scientists and experts came together to reflect on the events of 2021 and discuss the challenges the energy industry faces in the year ahead at the quarterly CEO Roundtable hosted by the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development.


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November - 2021

Flagship ICSEWEN21 Conference In Doha Qatar

The second edition of the International Conference on Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Desert Climates (ICSEWEN21) opened with a high-level plenary session on November 22. The biennial conference is the flagship event of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).


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November - 2021

Qatar Climate Change Conference 2021 Whitepaper

Extreme heatwaves and rising wet-bulb temperatures would damage the human habitability of vital urban centers in the Middle East by the end of the 21st century, according to a number of published research, particularly in some regions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. This may result in widespread social and economic disruptions and challenges driven by climatic change impacts in the rapidly growing urban areas of the Middle East.


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October - 2021

Air Travel Set for a Green Revolution

Green flying taxis look set to revolutionise the way we travel in the coming decades with a number of aviation firms investing heavily into the development of battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft.


Virgin Atlantic got the ball rolling this summer after agreeing to purchase between 50 and 150 electric jets that can take off and land vertically (eVTOL) from Vertical Aerospace.


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October - 2021

Science Points the Finger at Global Warming for Deadly Heatwave

World-renowned scientists are convinced that the extreme weather that ravaged the Northern Hemisphere this summer can be attributed to global warming thanks to incredible advances in technology, reports the Al-Attiyah Foundation in its latest Sustainable Development Industry Report.


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September - 2021

Russia Zooms in on its Arctic Reserves and Trade Routes to Become LNG Giant

Russia’s Arctic LNG projects have among the lowest production costs in the world. Several new plants are planned, to add to Yamal LNG, which was completed in 2017, and Arctic LNG 2, which should begin production in 2023. The low costs may provide an advantage for Arctic projects as they compete for funds with other liquefaction projects, as will Russia’s target of a 20% share of the global LNG market by 2030.


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September - 2021

Expectations for COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow High

Al-Attiyah, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Al-Attiyah Foundation highlighted the importance of hosting the Roundtable in the build up to COP26 (in Glasgow in November) and expressed his happiness about the return of the Roundtable event series after the coronavirus pandemic.

Expectations for the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow are high and many are eager to see the progress “we’ve made towards the objectives” of the Paris Agreement, said HE the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah.


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September - 2021

Qatar Foundation to Host First Qatar Climate Change Conference

Qatar’s climate challenges and how they can be tackled as the nation pursues a future built on sustainable development will be the focus of the first Qatar Climate Change Conference 2021 hosted by Qatar Foundation (QF) on September 13. The conference – sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar – will see experts from across Qatar and the world discuss and debate actions that can be taken to mitigate the effects of climate change on the country, and support its leadership, businesses, industries, and people in facing up to the risks that rising global temperatures pose.


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August - 2021

USQBC Hosts Event on LNG’s Role in Energy Sustainability

The US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC) on the 30th of August 2021, hosted a webinar titled “How Will LNG Drive a Sustainable Energy World?” The discussion featured His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar. On the panel, His Excellency was joined by esteemed industry experts including Marianne Kah, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Advisory Board Member of the Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University; Mohammed Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC, and Dominic Genetti, President of ExxonMobil Qatar Limited.


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August - 2021

Carbon Pricing Gains Traction

Around the world, climate change policies are tightening, and carbon pricing is playing a big part of that. Once carbon pricing systems are in place, countries can apply pressure to emitters at will – representing the stick part of any energy transition policy, alongside the carrot of possible subsidies and guarantees for cleaner options. New carbon markets have recently been introduced in China, the UK and elsewhere, while prices on the well-established European market have surged as credits are reduced and countries toughen climate change commitments. As prices rise, lower carbon options become more commercially attractive as high emitters incur additional costs.


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August - 2021

Can COP26 Live Up to the World's Expectations?

The world’s watchful gaze will be fixed on Glasgow at the beginning of November 2021, as global leaders and important industry figures convene for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Expectations are running high, with hopes that the two-week climate conference will call on all nations to end the use of polluting vehicles, decarbonise the energy system, abandon coal power, and stop deforestation – all in the pursuit of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.global energy industry expect from this summit? Are we going to see clear targets for the decarbonisation of the energy sector? What new policies and commitments can the energy industry expect from COP26, that will accelerate the transition to renewables? With an estimated $3.5 trillion in energy-sector investments needed every year until 2050 to make the required transition, can we expect fresh climate pledges from financial institutions and governments?


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August - 2021

Forced Changes In The Energy Industry

Tom Ellacott, an SVP at Wood Mackenzie's Corporate Research Team, provides his insights into recent 'upsets' with major IOCs, US shale oil and gas, the future role of NOCs, and the potential for blue hydrogen.


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July - 2021

Towards Net-Zero

This interview was conducted in July of 2021 with Ms Marzia Zafar, Director of Sustainability & Policy at Kaluza. Within this 20 min session, Ms Zafar provides a behind the scenes look at Kaluza and its industry-leading work on the digital integration of Net-zero efforts, as well as smart grid technology.


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July - 2021

Follow Us on Twitter

If you want to stay up to date with all of the Foundation's daily, weekly, and monthly news and events, follow us on Twitter @AlAttiyahFndn. Throughout the month the Foundation shares a large variety of content on Twitter, from our Weekly Energy Market Reviews to Energy and Sustainable Development Research Series, invitations to our webinars, and recordings of our podcast interviews.


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July - 2021

Follow Us on LinkedIn

Every month the Al-Attiyah Foundation posts a variety of content on its LinkedIn page, from Weekly Energy Market Reviews to Energy and Sustainable Development Research Series, invitations to our webinars, and recordings of our podcast interviews.


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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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July - 2021

YouTube Podcast Interview Series

As part of the Al-Attiyah Foundation’s efforts to continue to promote and facilitate education on important energy and sustainable development topics, a series of Podcast style interviews were started in 2020. Continued throughout 2021, in part due to the prevention of face-to-face events with the global Covid-19 Pandemic, the Foundation has to date hosted more than 30 high-end interviews with special industry-leading guests from around the world.


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June - 2021

Methane - Tackling GHG Emissions

Tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is at the top of the agenda in the global effort to address the escalating climate change crisis. While efforts so far have mostly focused on carbon dioxide (CO2), concerns for methane (CH4) emissions and their effects on the climate are growing.


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May - 2021

Oil Investments Declining Future

Since 2020’s COVID-19 global lockdown, an unexpected massive demand destruction of oil and gas, growing emphasis on a full global economic reset of global economies, as shown in EU’s Green Deal, China’s Net-Zero by 2060 or the current Biden energy transition approach, the term Peak Oil has re-emerged in discussions again.


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September - 2020

US Shale Oil & The Speed Bumps Ahead

During the past decade, US oil and gas production has risen dramatically, swinging the US’s position from energy import dependence to energy dominance. Driven by production from shale deposits that have been unlocked by technological breakthroughs in hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, and advanced seismic technology, the US has increased production from five million barrels per day (bpd) in 2005, to a record high of 13 million bpd in early 2020, surpassing world leaders Russia and Saudi Arabia.


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June - 2020

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Energy Sector

As the concept and range of CSR continuously expand, new trends emerge to meet such concerns. These trends are reflected in the energy sector through attention to green energy investment and reduced contribution to climate change; community engagement on major new projects; bridging the talent gap to produce highly skilled new employment; and working with governments to introduce social responsibility policy reforms. Nevertheless, there are several challenges for CSR programmes in the energy sector which, in turn, are likely to be exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated recession.


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June - 2020

UN SDGs & Global Recovery from COVID-19

Long before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by world leaders in 2015, sustainable development has been recognised as one of the biggest challenges facing mankind. We live in a world where more than 800 million people still live in extreme poverty; one out of nine people are starving; 2.5 billion do not have access to clean water; and 1.3 billion people have no access to modern electricity.


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June - 2020

eBook Launch - The Growing World of Renewable Energy

The Al-Attiyah Foundation is releasing an eBook on the Growing World of Renewable Energy.  The eBook is an educational learning tool on the various types of renewable energy and explores the factors that are largely responsible for spurring the growth of renewables, including case studies showing their real-life applications from Al-Attiyah Foundation members and partners.


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June - 2020

Podcast Interview Series

The Al-Attiyah Foundation has proudly launched a set of Energy and Sustainable Development podcast series for the benefit of our members and the wider community. The podcasts provide an open platform to cater for insightful discourse, sharing analysis from various experts, and bridging the gap between urgent energy topics, sustainable development, and academic expertise with public awareness. Each session gives leading and pioneering industry experts from a global network of professionals, in niche sectors, the opportunity to discuss urgent topics with astute and studious interviewers.


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April - 2020

The Planet Comes Up For Air

The impacts of the current global pandemic on the health sector, as well as, all major sectors of the economy have been devastating. Understandably, much of the world’s attention is rightly focused on the human toll of the virus, provision of required health facilities, and stimulating the recovery process for the battered economy. As the pandemic continues to take a toll on almost all sectors of the economy – manufacturing, financial, energy, travel, hospitality, retail, and service industry, etc; there are emerging signs that the measures been taking to curtail the spread of the virus are having some positive short-term impacts on the environment.


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April - 2020

The Vital Role of LPG in Developing Nations

Liquified Petroleum Gases (LPG), a mixture of propane and butane gases, is produced during natural gas processing and oil refining. In the aftermath of a recent oil price war, and the widespread COVID-19 pandemic, both crude oil and natural gas production will be cut back under the current bout of low demand, and as such substantially less LPG will be produced.


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March - 2020

Can Renewables Clean Up Oil’s Price Spill?

The oil and gas markets are currently experiencing a double shock. The unexpected price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia has unleashed a flood of supply, while the COVID 19 pandemic is resulting in a cut on global fuel demand. As a result, oil prices have crashed below the $30 mark. The resulting economic crisis could have profound consequences to the current global efforts to move to cleaner energy.


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March - 2020

COVID-19 Crushes Oil & Gas Markets

The current global pandemic caused by the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus, has created havoc in global stock markets, in particular oil and gas markets. The impact is severe and alarming due to the travel restrictions imposed in more and more countries each day.  Goods are not moving and people are not travelling, resulting in a heavy blow to demand for transport fuels. With Covid-19 now infecting residents in almost every country in the world, the global oil market will continue to suffer losses for an unknown period, as the world comes to grasps with the global pandemic. The projection of future oil demand is tumbling, bringing global oil prices down with it.


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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.


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November - 2019

Global Energy Experts at the 10th Bosphorus Summit

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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October - 2019

Qatar Carbon Capture & Storage Facility to Sequester 5 Million Tons of CO2 Per Annum by 2025

His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, highlighted Qatar’s commitment to the world’s security of energy supplies and the sustainability of economic growth, while at the same time tackling global environmental challenges.


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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

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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