Future Energy Trends: Innovation, Markets and Geopolitics

Annual Energy Conference 20

  • 18 - 19 November 2014

Future Energy Trends: Innovation, Markets and Geopolitics

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR organized its 20th Annual Energy Conference - Future Energy Trends: Innovation, Markets and Geopolitics - on November 18–19, 2014, at its office complex in Abu Dhabi. 

This year’s conference addressed ways in which production and distribution of the world’s energy resources are being transformed by the introduction of innovative new technologies and policies. It considered the effects of technological development on conventional energy markets, discussed the prospects for unconventional and renewable energies, and traced the economic and geopolitical consequences of these transformations for the Gulf region and the world.

The conference comprised four panels, each featuring three sessions. The first panel, “Innovation and Conventional Energy Sources,” put forward options for meeting long-term energy needs and discussed ways to shape and sustain our energy future and mitigate its environmental impacts. The second panel, “Innovation and Trends in Unconventional and Renewable Energies,” highlighted the growing role of unconventional oil and gas, with particular reference to the recent boom in US production, as well as the latest trends in renewable technologies and their potential applications in the cities of the future. The third panel, “Emerging Geopolitical Developments and Competition,” discussed global and regional geopolitical developments and their potential effects on global energy markets. The fourth and final panel, “Energy Market Developments and their Effects on the GCC,” explored market dynamics and policies, with a focus on political, economic and environmental factors influencing the policies of governments and industry.

Program   Welcoming Remarks   Keynote Address