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The Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum annually convenes the world’s top energy and foreign policy decisionmakers to set the global energy agenda for the year ahead and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of the changing energy system. The Forum is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, ADNOC, and Mubadala.

Now in its fifth year, the Forum has emerged as the go-to energy conference to discuss the geopolitical and market issues confronting the energy industry in the coming year, develop new partnerships, and demonstrate thought leadership on global energy trends. The 2021 Forum will have a special focus on the post-pandemic energy system, emerging net-zero carbon goals, the role of the Middle East in the energy transition, and the US’s energy and foreign policy priorities in the Biden administration. Offered in a new virtual setting, the 2021 Forum will feature our Atlantic Council conference app that allows participants to network directly with one another, ask questions during live events, post on virtual boards, and connect with featured sponsors.

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Prince Charles and Brian Moynihan discuss the private sector’s transition to a sustainable future and the evolution of corporate climate pledges into impactful actions with Fred Kempe in a special edition of #ACFrontPage presented by the Global Energy Forum. This event will take place at 7 a.m. EST / 1 p.m. CET / 4 p.m. GST / 9 p.m. KST/JST.

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Ticket levels

Basic ticket ($199 corporate; $99 non-profit; $39 student)

  • Access to conference app, which allows participants to ask questions during the live program, use networking functions, and attend networking events

Full-access ticket ($999 corporate; $499 non-profit)

  • Access to conference app, which allows participants to ask questions during the live program, use networking functions, and attend networking events
  • Access to invite-only private events
  • Early access to The Global Energy Agenda expert essays and survey results, as well as an invitation to a private briefing on the report with its editors and select authors
  • Briefing opportunities with senior Atlantic Council experts during the forum


New Atlanticist


Abu Dhabi Skyline

Mon, Jan 18, 2021

The Global Energy Agenda

The inaugural edition of the Global Energy Agenda provides context for the unprecedented year that has passed. It features a survey of thought leaders in the energy sector, as well as a series of essays by the leading figures in energy, to set the energy agenda for 2021.

Global Energy Agenda by Randolph Bell, Jennifer T. Gordon, Paul Kielstra, and Andrew Marshall (Editors)

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security


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Thu, Jan 21, 2021

The many new ways energy and national security are intersecting

Oil and gas will still play a crucial role in the world’s economy even as clean-energy “electrostates” rise in prominence, and Biden will prioritize the threat of climate change like no president has before him.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Choosing wisely: How the Biden administration can build a better coalition on international energy and climate policy in a post-COVID world

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have inherited a country deep in crisis. After the tumult of 2020, the new administration takes the helm amid high unemployment, a sluggish economic recovery, soaring national debt, and a staggering 360,000 Americans dead from a pandemic that shows few signs of slowing before new vaccines can be distributed. At the same time, President Biden has asserted that the United States will regain its mantle of leadership of the liberal order, reset its international partnerships, and, perhaps most importantly, rebuild as a clean, green superpower putting the global community back on track to meet its climate commitments and securing a sustainable trajectory for future economic growth.

Report by David L. Goldwyn, Andrea Clabough

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Why Iran could top Biden’s Middle East agenda

Each crisis represents a major US foreign-policy challenge, but all may receive less attention from the new American administration than another pressing issue in the region: Iran’s recent nuclear advances.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Transcript: A global view of Joe Biden’s inauguration

Many in the global community sat and watched the US presidential inauguration. Here's what these experts think of the important moment and what it means for the rest of the world.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

FAST THINKING: Five big takeaways from Joe Biden’s inaugural address

Joe Biden’s inaugural address was a call for unity—and also resilience. What did the speech signal about where his presidency is headed? Here's key takeaways from five leading experts on international affairs.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Transcript: Fatih Birol on what’s next for the energy system post-pandemic

Fatih Birol tells the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Forum about how the energy sector will fare post-pandemic and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

What China’s march to net-zero emissions means for the world

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a pledge to reach peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. Can China live up to the promises?

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

China Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

The world is about to embark on a big energy transition. Here’s what it could look like.

“Real friends say the bitter truth,” said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Forum. And “the bitter truth is that real energy transitions are coming, and they are coming fast.”

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Top UAE officials assess renewables, peak oil, and the post-COVID energy market

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE’s minister of industry and advanced technology, joined Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE minister of energy and infrastructure, and Musabbeh Al Kaabi, the CEO of UAE investments at the Mubadala Investment Company.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Transcript: Global Energy Forum conversations with Sultan Al Jaber, Suhail Al Mazrouei, and Musabbeh Al Kaabi

The 2021 Global Energy Forum kicked off with conversations with top thought leaders on the future of energy.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance


Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Common Ground on Climate Bipartisan Summit

Online Event As part of the the Global Energy Forum, Congressional leaders from across the aisle sit down to discuss common sense clean energy solutions that address COVID-19, job less, and climate change.

9:00am Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Renewables & Advanced Energy

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