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Adaptive Strategies in the Low Carbon Energy Transition
Future of Global Oil Markets

Adaptive Strategies in the Low Carbon Energy Transition

As ‘energy transition’ enters the mainstream lexicon, a new narrative is emerging. The presumption that there is an urgent need to achieve full decarbonization via the elimination of fossil fuels is being tempered by calls to capitalize on the opportunities…

February 25, 2019
The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf
Electricity Sector Transitions Regional Energy Markets

The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

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

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 Akhonbay, Hisham
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
Sylvain Côté Côté, Sylvain
Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
Walid Matar Matar, Walid
Shreekar Pradhan Pradhan, Shreekar
David Wogan Wogan, David
Lama Yaseen Yaseen, Lama
October 17, 2018
Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience

Xiaoliang Yang, Wolfgang Heidug

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 Yang, Xiaoliang
Wolfgang Heidug Heidug, Wolfgang
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
Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas

Rami Shabaneh, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo

Natural gas resources in Tanzania and Mozambique have emerged as a new source of gas supply. While they are poised for export to global gas markets, they can also provide a key source of energy to the rest of Eastern…

Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
Anne-Sophie Corbeau Corbeau, Anne-Sophie
Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo Nhantumbo, Fernando Tomas
May 20, 2018
Understanding the Energy Transition
Future of Global Oil Markets

Understanding the Energy Transition

The world of energy is always undergoing transition, but the nature of the current phase of the transition is subject to a wide spectrum of interpretations that are often colored by bias and aspirations for a particular future end-point. In…

April 18, 2018
The Value of Saving Oil in Saudi Arabia
Evaluation of Public Investment Projects

The Value of Saving Oil in Saudi Arabia

Jorge Blazquez, Baltasar Manzano, Axel Pierru

What is the value of saving a barrel of oil that would otherwise had been consumed domestically? This study explores the question, taking a long-run perspective into a general equilibrium approach. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the difference between…

Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
Baltasar Manzano Manzano, Baltasar
Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
March 25, 2018
East Africa Shared Gas Initiative

East Africa Shared Gas Initiative

Energy demand in the economies of Eastern Africa is among the lowest in the world and represents only a small outlet for the large natural gas resource that has been discovered. Despite its important potential, renewables (with the exception of…

January 1, 2018
Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

When balancing the objectives of affordability, reliability and environmental sustainability of energy supply, the answer in developing Asian economies has historically been unequivocal: Coal is king. This is because these nations placed greater emphasis on the first two objectives at…

November 30, 2017
The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition
Electricity Sector Transitions

The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition

Brian Efird, Paul Mollet, Imtenan Al-Mubarak

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it wishes to transition toward a less carbon-intensive energy system, both as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and as one of…

Brian Efird Efird, Brian
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
October 10, 2017
How to Achieve Economic Prosperity Through Industrial Energy Productivity Improvement
Productivity and Economic Diversification

How to Achieve Economic Prosperity Through Industrial Energy Productivity Improvement

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) and the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have initiated a joint study into how industrial energy productivity can improve economic prosperity. This study comes…

September 27, 2017
Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition: A View From Saudi Arabia
Productivity and Economic Diversification

Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition: A View From Saudi Arabia

Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza

A common priority across G20 countries is the need to reinvigorate economies through an economic transformation that delivers a higher level of better quality growth. At KAPSARC, the need to improve economic growth and deliver climate goals agreed at COP21…

Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
August 31, 2017
Transitioning to Liberalized Energy Markets
Electricity Sector Transitions

Transitioning to Liberalized Energy Markets

Some countries have successfully navigated the transition to using a free market to provide energy more efficiently, while others are only just embarking on this journey. This transition is a lengthy, costly and complex process. Consequently, lessons learned from their…

August 29, 2017
Estimating the Learning Curve of Solar PV Balance-of-Systems for Over 20 Countries
Electricity Sector Transitions

Estimating the Learning Curve of Solar PV Balance-of-Systems for Over 20 Countries

Amro Elshurafa, Shahad Albardi, Carlo Andrea Bollino

The capital cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system comprises the module and balance-of-systems (BOS). The latter refers to everything else that is needed to make the solar system functional including cables, mounts, labor, etc. While modules are priced internationally,…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
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Albardi, Shahad
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
June 15, 2017
Future of the Electricity System in GCC Countries

Future of the Electricity System in GCC Countries

Global electricity markets are facing substantial changes from both the demand and supply side of the industry. These structural shifts are also affecting Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which need to adapt by developing new electricity models. Moving to a…

April 10, 2017
Reporting LCOE for Solar PV: Apples to Apples Comparisons
Electricity Sector Transitions

Reporting LCOE for Solar PV: Apples to Apples Comparisons

Amro Elshurafa

Solar energy is expected to be an integral technology in the creation of a low-carbon future. Hence, as photovoltaics (PV) installations continue to grow at an exponential rate, a better understanding of the generation costs of this relatively young industry…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
March 8, 2017
Will Current Electric Vehicle Policy Lead to Cost-Effective Electrification?
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Will Current Electric Vehicle Policy Lead to Cost-Effective Electrification?

Passenger cars are responsible for a large and steadily growing share of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Electric vehicles (EVs) powered by renewable electricity have the potential to provide a substantial contribution to the decarbonization of passenger car transport.…

February 28, 2017