As many of the Arab Gulf states work to move away from economic reliance on hydrocarbons exports, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have emerged as regional leaders of the energy transition. Both countries have taken steps to decarbonize their respective energy sectors, and both are also rethinking the ways in which they participate in the global energy system. However, Saudi Arabia and the UAE each face challenges in their efforts to participate in and lead the global energy transition.
In the new Atlantic Council report, The energy transition in the Arab Gulf: From vision to reality, by Dr. Jean-François Seznec and Samer Mosis, the authors explore the steps that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have taken to further their decarbonization efforts while also offering a clear-eyed view of the challenges that each country faces.
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Global Energy Forum Jan 9, 2020
The Saudi Aramco-SABIC merger: How acquiring SABIC fits into Aramco’s long-term diversification strategy
By Private: Jean-François Seznec
Throughout 2019, financial markets have watched the planned Saudi Aramco initial public offering (IPO), which was finally launched in December. A quieter, but no less significant, story was the Saudi oil company’s acquisition of SABIC. Saudi Aramco strove to have a successful IPO, especially through increased transparency and diversification, and the SABIC acquisition was a key element of Saudi oil company’s diversification strategy. Going forward, what does the merger mean for both companies, what is the new relationship between Saudi Aramco and SABIC, and what are the merger’s implications for the intricate relationship between the various bureaucracies and leadership in Saudi Arabia?
Report Jul 18, 2018
Decarbonization and peak oil demand: The role of policy in the transportation sector
By Robert J. Johnston and Hilary Novik Sandberg
What is the role of government policy in the transportation sector amidst international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and peak oil demand concerns, specifically in regard to the numerous policies and technological developments that have already been adopted or could be developed to aid the decarbonization of the transportation sector, as well as the reforms necessary to their widespread adoption?
Issue Brief Jan 8, 2018
Asian energy transition: Moving the oil market one step closer to peak demand
By Robert J. Johnston and Lily Ghebrai
While the United States and Europe are considered the pioneers of renewable energy, Asia is emerging as a major player in the renewable energy transition.