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India’s Balancing Act to Address Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement
Climate Change Policies and Governance Models, Data and Tools

India’s Balancing Act to Address Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement

As an emerging economy, a major part of India’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris  Agreement is an emissions intensity target. With its current policies, India is on track to achieve its climate targets under the Agreement. However, the…

Yagyavalk Bhatt, AlJawhara Al Quayid, Nourah Al Hosain, Paul Mollet

December 12, 2018
China’s Policy Drivers of Future Energy Demand
Regional Energy Markets

China’s Policy Drivers of Future Energy Demand

The recent slowdown in China’s energy demand, primarily driven by decelerating economic growth and structural changes to its economy, has opened a window of opportunity for reforms aiming to establish a more sustainable energy sector and to increase the role…

December 10, 2018
Reorganizing Power Markets: A Reliability Insurance Business Model for Utilities
Electricity Sector Transitions

Reorganizing Power Markets: A Reliability Insurance Business Model for Utilities

A market in which individuals pursue their own self-interest normally maximizes aggregate economic well-being. But households that install Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in order to obtain savings in their electricity bill, impose an external cost on other customers. At scale,…

Rolando Fuentes, Jorge Blazquez, Iqbal Adjali

November 26, 2018
OPEC Oil Production Data: The Role of Secondary Sources
Future of Global Oil Markets

OPEC Oil Production Data: The Role of Secondary Sources

OEC oil production data is a key to understanding not just global energy balances but also the international oil market. Historically, most OPEC oil production figures are opaque as governments either consider them to be confidential and do not publish…

Paul Mollet, Saleh Al Muhanna

November 17, 2018
Data Insight: Crude Oil and Refined Products
Models, Data and Tools

Data Insight: Crude Oil and Refined Products

Saudi Arabia ranks as the world’s largest exporter of crude oil and petroleum products; the oil and gas sector accounts for about 70 percent of export earnings. Ras Tanura and Yanbu are the major oil-exporting ports in Saudi Arabia, accounting…

Abeer AlGhamdi

November 1, 2018
The Challenges Facing India on its Road to a Gas-Based Economy
Future of Natural Gas Markets

The Challenges Facing India on its Road to a Gas-Based Economy

Indian policymakers have stressed the role and relevance of natural gas in India’s overall energy mix in the 21st century but expectations of its share have been scaled back. For example, the Hydrocarbon Vision 2025, released in 1999, projected the share of…

Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Shahid Hasan, Swati Dsouza

October 29, 2018
The Politics of European Union Climate Governance
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Politics of European Union Climate Governance

The European Union (EU) is facing a critical period as the European Commission draws up a 2050 climate strategy roadmap that is likely to form the basis for the EU’s next nationally determined contribution to the COP21 Paris Agreement. Until recently, the UK was the…

Paul Mollet, Saleh Al Muhanna, AlJawhara Al Quayid

October 25, 2018
The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf
Electricity Sector Transitions Regional Energy Markets

The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) has been at the epicenter of global energy markets because of its substantial endowment of hydrocarbons. Yet countries in the region have also stated their intent to be global…

Hisham Akhonbay, Imtenan Almubarak, Sylvain Côté, Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar, Shreekar Pradhan, David Wogan, Lama Yaseen

October 17, 2018
Data Insight: Demography
Models, Data and Tools

Data Insight: Demography

Key insights into Saudi Arabia’s workforce demography.

Abeer AlGhamdi

October 9, 2018
Assessment of the Political Feasibility of Developing a GCC Power Market
Regional Energy Markets

Assessment of the Political Feasibility of Developing a GCC Power Market

Countries in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, commonly known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), established a regional power grid to support member countries’ high voltage networks in 2001 but, to date, the system has remained underutilized.…

Paul Mollet, Imtenan Almubarak, Brian Efird, Saleh Al Muhanna, Omar Al-Ubayli

October 4, 2018
Data Insight: Transportation
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand Models, Data and Tools

Data Insight: Transportation

We have launched a new series of Data Insights which aim to share topical insights and data on a range of interesting themes. The first insight of the series is focused on Saudi Arabia’s passenger and freight railway network.

Abeer AlGhamdi

September 27, 2018
An Estimation of the Drivers Behind OPEC’s Quota Decisions
Future of Global Oil Markets

An Estimation of the Drivers Behind OPEC’s Quota Decisions

This paper identifies key determinants that appear to shape OPEC’s quota strategy and implementation. Using econometric estimations, it examines the factors that seem to most influence members’ adherence to their production commitments in the short term and what drives the…

Philipp Galkin, Tarek Atalla, Zhongyuan Ren

July 19, 2018
Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience

China’s political leadership has taken an increasingly public and proactive stance on climate change since 2014. This includes a commitment that Chinese carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will peak before 2030 and enacting measures through the 13th Five-Year Plan to support…

Xiaoliang Yang, Wolfgang Heidug

July 2, 2018
Electricity Market Integration in the GCC and MENA: Imperatives and Challenges
Regional Energy Markets

Electricity Market Integration in the GCC and MENA: Imperatives and Challenges

Rising electricity demand and growing fiscal constraints have encouraged governments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions to consider more cooperative approaches to delivering reliable and affordable electricity services. The development of an…

July 1, 2018
Potential Effects of Trade Liberalization on China’s Imports of Plastics From the GCC
Regional Energy Markets

Potential Effects of Trade Liberalization on China’s Imports of Plastics From the GCC

Petrochemical products, particularly plastics, contribute to a significant share of expanding and increasingly diverse trade flows between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and China. The petrochemical sector could benefit from a preferential bilateral trade regime between China and the…

Philipp Galkin, Carlo Andrea Bollino, Rami Shabaneh

June 4, 2018
OPEC’s Impact on Oil Price Volatility: The Role of Spare Capacity
Future of Global Oil Markets

OPEC’s Impact on Oil Price Volatility: The Role of Spare Capacity

Energy Journal

OPEC claims to hold and use spare production capacity to stabilize the crude oil market. We study the impact of that buffer on the volatility of oil prices. After estimating the stochastic process that generates shocks to demand and supply,…

Pierru A., Smith J.L., Zamrik T.

2018