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

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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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May - 2021

Cyberattack: The Colonial Pipeline

In this special report, the Al-Attiyah Foundation investigates the events, effects, and implications of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack in the United States.


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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

Signs of Economic Recovery in China

In this time of “Demand Destruction” the world’s economists are looking for signs of an upturn. They need look no further than China, where there are signs of “Green Shoots” already developing. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is an index summarised and compiled through the results of a monthly survey of enterprises purchasing managers and is usually provided by Moody Analytics on a country by country basis. It covers every aspect of enterprises, including purchasing, production, and logistics.


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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

Can More Stability Be Expected Following the OPEC+ Deal?

Oil is always viewed as the world’s most precious resource; nations have often battled over access to oil to maintain their security of supply and financial stability, however, the current global pandemic and subsequent slump in the price of oil is causing potential oil investors to question the profitability. Oil prices have dropped to an eighteen-year low, as oil cartels continue to share little revenue with ever-increasing oil stocks at their disposal.


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April - 2020

U.S. Oil Futures - The Only Way Is Up

Traders desperate to avoid owning oil, fled the markets yesterday, sending crude futures into negative territory for the first time ever. With the unprecedented drop in global oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is not enough storage for the massive glut of oil present on U.S. soil.

Investors sold the May futures contract, due to expire today, in a series of waves. At one point the contract hit -$40 a barrel. When the trading stopped, crude oil ended the day at a -$37.63 a barrel, a decline of a massive 305%, or $55.90 a barrel.


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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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March - 2020

Europe May Close Down & China May Start Up

By end of March 24th2020, the major economies and energy consumers in Europe had locked down their populations in an attempt to slow down the spread of the COVID-19, corona virus.  Whilst European energy consumption has plateaued or declined for several years; Europe is still a significant energy consumer.


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March - 2020

How Low Can Oil Go?

As prices plummet toward the lowest levels since the commodity’s inception, could a $5 a barrel oil prices really become a reality?  U.S. oil futures just hit an 18-year low as an oil-price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia rolls on, and that has a few traders and analysts wondering how low can prices go?

History tells us that the cure for low prices is low prices. Typically, cheap fuel means increased purchases, and higher demand would cause prices to rise again. But the spread of the Covid-19 virus makes that demand response impossible today.


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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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December - 2019

CEO Roundtable: Which forces will shape the energy industry in 2020?

The Al-Attiyah Foundation hosted four global experts for its quarterly CEO Roundtable and Senior Managers Energy Dialogue at the St Regis Hotel, Doha, on 4th and 5th December 2019.  The highly interactive and content driven events allowed leaders from industry and academia to engage with international experts on the chosen theme: ‘’Exploring the 2019 forces shaping our 2020 outlook.”


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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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September - 2019

The Al-Attiyah Foundation and GORD Celebrate Partnership Agreement

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development (Al-Attiyah Foundation) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) on 12 September 2019, at the St Regis Hotel, Doha.


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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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April - 2019

National Survey on the Public Perception on the Reuse of Treated Industrial Water

The Al-Attiyah Foundation, in partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has launched a national survey on the public perception on the reuse of treated industrial water.

Oil and gas industries generate by-product water (wastewater) and bio-solids in their production processes. The wastewater is purified to the highest level using the best available technology in what is defined as Treated Industrial Wastewater (TIW).


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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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February - 2019

CEO Roundtable I - Reducing Methane Emissions from Energy Related Extractive Activities

The Al-Attiyah Foundation, the leading energy and sustainable development think tank in Qatar, will host global experts for its quarterly CEO Roundtable and Senior Energy Managers Dialogue on 19 and 20 March 2019.  Both events will explore the significant challenges, emerging trends, and potential solutions for reducing methane emissions across the oil and gas industry.


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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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September - 2018

What is the True Cost of Water?

In its latest research report, the Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development explored how nations are responding to the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aim to ‘ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.’    Notwithstanding the progress made in the last fifteen years, and based on the current trajectory, the UN estimates that by the year 2050, 1 in 4 people will be impacted by recurring water shortages; close to 2.5 billion will face acute water shortages with little access to hygienic sanitation.  


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August - 2018

Follow us on Twitter

The Al-Attiyah Foundation is pleased to announce that we have recently launched our Twitter account. Please follow us on @AlAttiyahFndn for our latest updates and insights. We also retweet partner and member content so if there is a particular news story or article you would like us to share.


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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

Whether you are a football fan or not, the FIFA World Cup™ cannot pass you by. The sporting event which attracts over three billion viewers worldwide and around three million attendees is a spectacle which brings people together, young and old, as they passionately support their home nation. This year’s FIFA World Cup™ did not disappoint.  From Brazil leaving the tournament in the Quarter finals, to four-time winner Italy, not even making it to the tournament, the event had the world captivated. And with the excessive growth of social media; the commentary, the jokes and statistics travelled instantly across the globe, adding to the football fever.


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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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June - 2018

Cape Town: Lessons Learned

On April 26, 1990, a Cape Times article predicted Cape Town's water to run out in seventeen years. High-school geography students were being taught about the changing weather pattern and the limitations of the Dam systems. At higher educational levels, civil and environmental engineers were expressing concerns about water shortages and the lack of waste-water treatment facilities.


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June - 2018

Sustainable Development Goals and Energy Nexus

Sustainable development is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges the world continues to face today. 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 without access to clean water; and 1.3 billion people have no access to modern electricity.

As the world continues to grapple with ways to provide enough dependable, affordable and sustainable energy to meet rising global demand the ongoing environmental challenges facing the oil and gas sector are expected to continue.


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February - 2018

Follow us on LinkedIn

Earlier in the year we launched LinkedIn. Please follow the Foundation LinkedIn page for our latest updates and insights.  We also share partner and member content so if there is particular news story or article relevant for us.


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