Energy Security

Chatham House work on energy security includes research into the dynamics of the oil and gas industry, developments in the shale gas industry and reform of global energy governance.

There is limited policy and practice on sustainable and clean energy provision, especially within the humanitarian community. This means that energy needs are met inadequately and inefficiently, and not by using the most effective or carbon-efficient interventions.

This issue is vitally important in considering the needs of the millions of displaced people globally, where energy provision is often ad-hoc and mainly focused on the distribution of clean cookstoves, solar lanterns and solar street lights. 

A major project for Chatham House is the Moving Energy Initiative, which examines the provision of sustainable energy for refugees and displaced people, giving particular consideration to the context of the displaced communities, such as their cultural traditions, collective capacities, needs, and technology availabile to them.

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Chatham House Briefing

The Vulnerability of Energy Infrastructure to Environmental Change

The Rise and Fall of Eurasia's Westbound Pipelines? Energy and Security along the East-West Corridor

The World Today

Coal and Climate Change: Electrifying Issue

The World Today

Coal and Climate Change: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Conference

Coal: An Answer to Energy Insecurity?

The Future of Energy Governance in Eurasia: Emerging Challenges and Ways Forward

Working Paper

Managing Energy: Rethinking the Fundamentals - Managing Energy Data

Research Event

How will a World Recession Affect Oil and Gas Investment, Supply and Demand?

Research Event

South Africa: Keeping the Lights On in 2009

Other resource

How Will a World Recession Affect Oil and Gas Investment, Supply and Demand?

Research Event

Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: Oil, Gas and International Insecurity: Tackling a Self-fuelling Fire

Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: The Trouble with Oil and Gas Transit Pipelines

Expert comment

Russia and the EU

The Black Sea Region: New Conditions, Enduring Interests

Whither Georgia: The Impact of Russian Actions since August 2008

Major Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next US President

Research Event

Biofuels and Sustainability: Brazilian Perspectives

The Role of France in the Office of the EU Presidency

Research Event

Earth Observation, Risk Assessment and Global Change: Implications for the Insurance and Aerospace Sectors

Working Paper

Managing Energy: Rethinking the Fundamentals - Managing Energy Wrong

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Research & Publications (64)
Father and daughter in their shelter in Goudoubo refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 2017. Photo: Kwesi Annim.
Moving Energy Initiative

Prices, Products and Priorities: Meeting Refugees’ Energy Needs in Burkina Faso and Kenya

A father and daughter from Homs, in Syria, walk in the street outside the building in which they live in Zarka, Jordan, on 8 September 2015. Photo by Sam Tarling/Corbis via Getty Images.
Research paper

Refugees and Energy Resilience in Jordan

Women bring firewood back to their tent in Dadaab, 2011. Photo: AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt/Getty Images.
Research paper

The Energy Situation in the Dadaab and Goudoubo Refugee Camps

A Rohingya man operating a mobile phone and electric-battery charging business in Sittwe, Myanmar on 18 July 2015. Photo: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
Research paper

Toolkits for the Moving Energy Initiative

True colour satellite image of Europe at night. Photo: Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.
Research paper

Europe’s Energy Union: Foreign Policy Implications for Energy Security, Climate and Competitiveness

A migrant girl looks at a light illuminating the camp site of refugees and migrants who spend the night on the street after their arrival at the Greek island of Lesbos, 4 October 2015. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Heat, Light and Power for Refugees: Saving Lives, Reducing Costs

The World Today

Generating hope for refugees

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Research paper

Sustainable Energy Provision for Displaced Populations

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Research paper

Sustainable Energy Provision Among Displaced Populations: Policy and Practice

The World Today

Oil & environment: Growing opposition to drilling in the High North

The World Today

Oil & environment: The race to turn potential resources into production

The World Today

Rivers of strife in the Middle East

The World Today

Case study: Bringing India’s ponds back to life

The World Today

Preventing water wars in South Asia

The World Today

Putin’s oil-fired power struggle

Saving Oil and Gas in the Gulf
Chatham House Report

Saving Oil and Gas in the Gulf

US Energy - the new reality
Chatham House Briefing

US Energy: the New Reality

Research paper

The Trouble with Biofuels: Costs and Consequences of Expanding Biofuel Use in the United Kingdom

UKERC Report

Climate Change and Energy Security: Assessing the Impact of Information and its Delivery on Attitudes and Behaviour

Chatham House Briefing

Through the Dragon Gate? A Window of Opportunity for Northeast Asian Gas Security

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Past events (85)
Research Event

Beyond Brexit: Regulatory Alignment with the Continental Market and Ireland

Research Event

Cybersecurity of the Sustainable Energy Sector in the GCC

Corporate Members

The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy

Research Event

Qatari Gas in the Post-GCC Crisis Environment

Research Event

Fifth Meeting of the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group

Members

The Annual Russia Lecture: The Role of Energy Resources in Russia’s Future

Research Event

Staying Connected: Key Elements for UK–EU27 Energy Cooperation After Brexit

Research Event

Fossil Fuel Expert Roundtable: Forecasting Forum 2017

Research Event

China’s Energy Transition

Corporate Members

The New Economics of Oil

Research Event

Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: The Impact of Transport Decarbonization on Oil Prices

Research Event

The UK's Decision to Leave the EU: What Next for UK Energy and Climate?

Research Event

Accelerating Innovation for a Circular Economy

Research Event

Fossil Fuel Expert Roundtable: Left Stranded? Extractives-led Growth in a Carbon Constrained World

Research Event

Fourth Meeting of the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group

Research Event

Press Briefing: Falling Oil Prices

Research Event

Implementing the Energy Future in a Challenging (Geo)political Context: Policy Challenges in the UK and Switzerland

Research Event

The Changing Dynamics of Global Energy Markets and the Implications for Responses to Supply Disruption

Infrastructure Challenges to the North American Petroleum Renaissance

Research Event

Options for the Development of a Secure and Sustainable Energy Sector in the EU

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