4th Annual Global Energy Security Conference- The way Forward

25-26th february 2016



Welcome to our 4th Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce our 4th Annual Global Energy Security Conference being held on the 25-26th February in London. This year's conference will be a high level gathering of global stakeholders to provide insight to transform the energy landscape of our world. The conference will bring together some of the world’s most relevant thought leaders from business, government, international organisations, NGOs, media and civil society. During the two day conference, participants will engage in sessions that will explore new and existing energy trends, challenges and creative solutions to address one the world’s most topical and challenging issues. 






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Topics covered:

  • Threats to energy supply and routes of supply coming from many sources
  • Policy areas for energy efficiency?
  • Investment in infrastructure required ensuring the global supply? 
  • The impact of geopolitics in the Middle-East and North Africa, the future relations between Russia and European Union for gas exports.
  • What are alternative ways to respond to energy supply disruption? How efficient are they? 
  • The economics of alternative sources of energy for different economies : renewable energy and nuclear energy
  • Will energy producers disagreeing agendas and interests impact investments and opportunities across the globe?
  • What is the effect of energy diplomacy, and what are its real motivations and long-term sustainability?
  • Assess the achievements of the global environment agenda so far, the promises of alternative and renewable energies and will study the critical issue of nuclear security.
  • Innovation solutions to tackle issues related energy access for the most vulnerable population of the world? 

Solving the energy poverty crisis:

For the fourth year, the Global Energy Security Conference will address the challenge of energy security for the most vulnerable. At the beginning of this year nearly 1.1 billion people worldwide lacked access to electricity and more than 2.6 billion relied on the traditional use of biomass for cooking. Over 95% were located in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The UN launched in 2012 an initiative - “Sustainable Energy For All”, which aims to:

  • Universal access to electricity & modern heating and cooking fuels
  • Double renewable energy share from 15 to 30 percent
  • Double the rate of improvement of energy efficiency from 1.2 to 2.4 percent per year

Through the annual Global Energy Security Conference, we aim to contribute to the same programme by bringing forward creative projects from different parts of the world aimed at supporting countries suffering from deficiencies in their energy security. With partners from the corporate world, international organisations, NGOs, and research institutions participating, the programme is aiming to support the implementation of energy projects for populations with limited, to no access to multiple energy options. The conference provides platforms for these kinds of projects to be presented to government officials and to potential partners for their implementations.

                Boutros Boutros Ghali, 6th Secretary General for the   United Nations

                Boutros Boutros Ghali, 6th Secretary General for the United Nations

"The debate on energy security has predominately focused on the challenges of industrialized countries leaving the needs of three quarters of humanity essentially unmet. It’s time, through this conference, to send a strong message to global leaders and mobilize public opinion into action. Together, we need to seek new options and accept solutions.
The Global Diplomatic Forum’s “Energy for the most vulnerable initiative”, aims to support the implementation of sustainable energy programmes present us a viable way forward".

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conference SYNOPSIS

The future of global economic growth in the coming decade relies significantly on changes related to energy security as the global energy demand continues to grow. According to the world energy outlook, with the United States moving steadily towards meeting almost all of its energy needs, the BRIC economies (especially India and China) and the EU present the major catalysts of global energy demand growth. Russia and Brazil are other major consumers of energy but they tend to satisfy their consumptions through their domestic resources. 

Due to the impact of many factors related to geopolitics, market factors and polices on the global energy market, there were both continuity and changes in some trends related to the global energy market in recent years: 

-While energy import continues to increase for most major importers, The USA energy import bill has decreased by 40% in the last 5 years due the shale gas boom. While demand for coal is decreasing for the OECD countries it is still increasing for India and China.  The exploitation of shale gas resources in EU can create a trend of decreasing EU bill of energy sources import. 

-Brent crude oil has been fluctuating below $70 since the beginning of the year. The potential comprehensive agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme will definitely lower the risks of oil export disruption passing the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow artery through which 40% of global sea-borne oil exports pass.  However, The instability in Iraq and Libya, the Syrian conflict, struggle in Yemen next to Saudi Arabia; all these factor are disrupting the production of oil and will have impact on the supply of oil to the global market. It will remain to see how the geopolitical situation in the wider Middle East and North Africa will impact the oil price and supply routes. 

-Electricity price differentials are also large, with industrial consumers in Japan, Europe and China paying on average more than twice as much for electricity as their counterparts in the United States. Energy costs can be vital to the competitiveness of energy-intensive industries. These industries- including chemicals, primary aluminium- account globally for 20% of industrial value added, 25% of industrial employment and 70% of industrial energy use ( International Energy agency).  Demand for these products, in the emerging economies, drives the growth in energy demand.

-Despite the fact the share of fossils fuels is expected to decrease in the medium range it will continue to have biggest share in filling the global energy demand .Clean energy sources (Renewable and Nuclear) will carry on their growth in the global energy demand. But there is still a distinct disparity between different parts of the world in their energy mixes

-Energy Efficiency can help dealing with high energy costs for the major consumer. Renewable, nuclear power and unconventional gas can help achieving energy efficiency. Although the trend of global energy demand is clear, there are many scenarios regarding the sources of supply and efficiency policies for the major consumers.



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