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

Special Reports


March - 2022

Impact on Energy Markets from the Russia – Ukraine Crisis

Russia is a critical global energy exporter: it accounts for 25 percent of world gas exports, nearly all to Europe, 18 percent of coal sales, and 11 percent of oil exports, as well as being an important supplier of metals, fertilisers and food. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought global energy supply chains to the forefront once again. Regardless of how this war will unfold, it will have a deep and long-lasting impact on the world energy markets, choices of suppliers and technologies, and paradigms of energy security. What is the impact of the crisis on oil & gas markets? What are the implications of the sanctions on Russia’s energy role?


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July - 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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May - 2021

Peak Oil? Forget Demand Peak, Peak Investment Deciding 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

The Cyberattack: Colonial Pipeline

The Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined oil products system in the US, supplying 45% of east coast fuel, was shut down between 7-12th May by a cyberattack for ransom.


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August - 2020

Can the market limit climate change?

The whole idea of carbon pricing revolves around the shifting of the social costs of climate change to the source of the pollution, encouraging polluters to reduce emissions and invest in clean energy and low-carbon growth. It encompasses a scenario where the cost of carbon emissions is paid at the source, in which choices about fuel use are made and not in the form of developmental, economic, and health costs. Such a scenario, which is the bedrock of the “polluter pays” principle, would lead to a complete revamp of the incentive structures and policy framework, underpinning global mitigation of carbon emissions.


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