Recent Events

On the evening of July 10, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted a  conversation on green banks, where climate finance leaders openly discussed the role of green financial institutions as tools that work to unlock investment for clean energy initiatives. Following brief welcoming remarks by David Livingston, deputy director for climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, Reed Hundt, chief executive officer of the Coalition for Green Capital, introduced the discussion. Hundt affirmed that vast amounts of global capital are poured into finding, shipping, and storing fossil fuels, and stressed that extreme existential consequences will result from continued carbon pollution.

On July 10th, The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and South Asia Center welcomed Sumant Sinha, chairman and managing director of Renew Power, India's largest solar and wind energy company, for a discussion on the future of Indian renewables. Sinha started his career in investment banking in the United States and United Kingdom, before returning to India to hold senior leadership positions at a multitude of renewable energy companies. David Livingston, deputy director of climate and advanced energy for the Global Energy Center, introduced and moderated the roundtable.

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On July 8 and 9, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted the 13th Meeting of the International Energy Agency’s Gas & Oil Technology Collaboration Program Executive Committee, bringing together energy policy experts from across the world. The first day of the event consisted of two panels: “Addressing Energy System Choices and Responses: The Case of India,” and “Next Generation Energy Investment—the Case of the Oil and Gas Sector.” Jostein Dahl Karlsen, president and chief executive officer of the International Energy Agency Gas and Oil Technology Collaboration Program, offered introductory remarks stressing assistance to nations for their energy choices, drivers of the energy transition, and the importance of resolving energy affordability and accessibility issues.

On June 26, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted the Fifth Annual Central and Eastern European Energy Security Conference, bringing together leaders and energy policy makers from across the region. The event consisted of three panels: “A Platform for US-Europe Cooperation on Energy Security,” “Strengthening Transatlantic Energy Security Through Innovation,” and “A Path to Energy Independence in Central and Eastern Europe.” Amb. Richard Morningstar, founding chairman of the Global Energy Center, offered introductory remarks stressing the interplay between energy, political, and economic security, as well as the importance of European energy security to the United States and transatlantic cooperation going forward.

On June 13, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted Spencer Dale, group chief economist of BP, for the launch of BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Amb. Richard Morningstar, founding chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council, introduced Dale and remarked upon the importance of the Statistical Review as the industry “gold standard,” as well as the general interpretation of this year’s report as gloomy due to rising global energy demand and emissions.

Energy storage is set to become a dynamic disrupting force in the energy market as innovative battery technologies provide opportunities for increased green energy utilization and electric vehicle growth. On May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center hosted a lively discussion with Akshat Rathi, Mitalee Gupta, and Venkat Viswanathan on the future of energy storage, with panelists tackling the role of batteries within the low-carbon energy transition, bottlenecks in the critical mineral supply chain, and the possibility of battery-powered vehicular flight. The event began with an introduction by David Livingston, deputy director of climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, who provided context regarding the potential for US leadership in the advanced battery and electric vehicle markets.

On May 16, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center welcomed Patrick Pouyanné, chief executive officer and chairman of Total, for a public discussion on global energy market trends and Total’s new low-carbon energy strategy. Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council, delivered introductory remarks, underscoring Total’s interest in becoming a responsible and transparent hydrocarbon giant. This event marked Pouyanné’s first official visit to Atlantic Council headquarters.

On May 2, The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center held a private roundtable discussion on rising global critical mineral demand and security concerns arising from a lack of US mineral independence. The event highlighted a growing concern for resource-based national security, with evolving risks and opportunities providing a dynamic geopolitical discussion.

On April 17, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Global Business & Economics Program hosted an event on the implications of Russia sanctions legislation on the energy sector. Moderated by Amb. Richard Morningstar, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s founding chairman, the event featured a timely and informative discussion on the status and substance of the latest US Russia sanctions legislation, how companies mitigate risks incurred by present and future US Russia sanctions legislation, and the effect of sanctions on US-European Union (EU) relations, and transatlantic cooperation more broadly. The conversation focused on two newly reintroduced bills in the US Congress: The Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKAA) and the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act (DETER Act.).

On March 27th, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, K&L Gates, and the Embassy of Denmark hosted a discussion on the future of renewable energy and the role of the free market in efficiently and effectively advancing the energy transition. Julia Pyper, senior editor of Greentech Media, moderated a panel consisting of David Livingston, deputy director for climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Morten Bæk, permanent secretary of state for the Danish Ministry of Energy; Nicolas Loris, deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and fellow in energy and environmental policy for the Heritage Foundation; and William Keyser, partner and practice group coordinator for K&L Gates. The conversation explored a number of financial, infrastructure, and policy issues related to the energy transition, and looked to Denmark as a potential success story for their efficient transition to offshore wind.



    

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