The Race to Reduce Energy Intensity in the GCC
Glada Lahn, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are usually framed as energy 'producers' but, as a bloc, the GCC is now an important international 'consumer'. Escalating domestic fuel consumption is causing wide-ranging problems for regional governments including rising subsidy bills, energy security concerns, export constraints and pollution. The first UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties being held in the region this November also draws attention to the region’s rising emissions profile and increasing efforts to engage with international greenhouse gas mitigation agendas, previously seen as contrary to their interests as exporters of fossil fuels.
The speaker will discuss the status of energy policy initiatives in the region and the Chatham House GCC Energy Intensity project. The roundtable will explore issues such as future prospects for target setting, price reform, and the broader politics of energy transitions in the region.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.