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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New Atlanticist

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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

Transcripts

Day 4 – January 22, 2021

Day 3 – January 21, 2021

Day 2 – January 20, 2021

Day 1 – January 19, 2021

Global Energy Forum presents

An #ACFrontPage special event

Prince Charles, Bernard Looney 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.

Media mentions

Yahoo News: Prince Charles says ‘the dam has burst’ as companies join his environmental campaigning
Daily Mail: Prince Charles calls for new Marshall Plan-style strategy to tackle climate change in bid to save the planet
Express UK: Prince Charles issues crisis warning and demands post-war style plan – ‘Clock is ticking’

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Experts

Content

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
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

Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum to be hosted January 19-22, 2021

One of the most anticipated annual energy convenings will bring together global leaders in an innovative virtual format to set the energy agenda for a world reshaped by COVID

Press Release

Energy & Environment

Wed, Dec 16, 2020

The China opportunity

Despite serious conflicts of interest, there are several areas in which cooperation with China is necessary to advance likeminded allies and partners’ interests.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Jeffrey Cimmino, Matthew Kroenig

Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Which Trump Administration-era policies should the incoming Biden-Harris Administration continue?

Amidst the Trump Administration’s empty talk of “energy dominance,” “freedom gas,” and “the cleanest air, the cleanest water,” the Administration developed a number of good policies that align with President-elect Biden’s climate, energy security, and foreign policy objectives. If the Senate remains in Republican hands, these areas might be some of the best opportunities President-elect Biden has to advance his climate and energy goals.

EnergySource by Global Energy Center

Energy & Environment United States and Canada