Gas Research Programme

Protests in Kazakhstan – potential impacts on global energy markets

Oil and the Middle East Research Programme

Oxford Energy Forum – Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS): barriers, enabling frameworks and prospects for climate change

Electricity Research Programme

The Rise of Distributed Energy Resources: A Case Study of India’s Power Market

China Energy Research Programme

Software versus hardware: how China’s institutional setting helps and hinders the clean energy transition

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  • Oil & the Middle East Research Programme

    The Oil and the Middle East Research Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was established in 2009. It is dedicated to the advanced study of contemporary oil markets, production, consumption and policy. With a historical focus on the resource-rich economies of the Middle East, research on the Programme...

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  • Gas Research Programme

    The Gas Programme, launched in 2003, has become one of the foremost sources of independent academic research on gaseous fuels and their role in the energy economy. The programme has historically focused on natural gas, and while this remains a core strength it is increasingly also turning its attention to...

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  • Electricity Research Programme

    The OIES Electricity Research Programme was established in 2015. The Programme seeks to inform public and private sector decision-making by improving understanding of the electricity supply chain. The Programme studies the role of public policy, regulation, and markets to support the energy transition, along with implications for end-users, companies and...

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  • China Energy Research Programme

    Launched in 2019 the OIES China Energy Research Programme, is a center of analytical excellence offering insights into the factors that inform China’s energy policies and choices and their pivotal role in global energy markets. China is the world’s second largest economy, biggest importer of crude oil, the fastest growing...

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Latest Research Papers

The Global Methane Pledge to reduce emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2030, was signed by more than 100 countries at the COP26 Conference in November 2021. Reducing methane emissions from fossil fuel sources by up to 75 per cent by 2030 has been identified as an essential contribution to reducing the rate of global temperature increase. The...

Latest Energy Insights

The dramatic rise in European, and indeed in global, gas prices over the summer of 2021, leading to unprecedented prices in Q4, has been the subject of much debate. Is it simply a market reflection of stronger than expected demand and weaker than expected supplies? Or is it a step change in the context of the energy transition and uncertainties...

Latest Energy Comments

Protest in Kazakhstan in January 2022 escalated rapidly. Kazakh, and invited CTSO, armed forces intervened to confront protesters and protect Government buildings. So far these events have not affected export and transit flows of crude oil and gas, and the risk of them doing so is currently judged as low. If it emerges that what has happened has been more...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves the trapping of man-made CO2 underground to avoid its release into the atmosphere. Because of the scale with which it could be applied, CCS is identified as a critical technology to reduce CO2 emissions to achieve global climate goals. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that most of the 1.5°C pathways assume...

Latest Podcasts

In this OIES podcast James Henderson talks with Professor Thane Gustafson about his new book entitled “Klimat: Russia in the Age of Climate Change”. They discuss the challenges which Russia will face from the energy transition both in terms of declining hydrocarbon export revenues and also from internal changes to the Russian environment. Professor Gustafson outlines the potential sources of...

Latest Presentations

This new OIES presentation looks at the extension of the OPEC+ deal to the end of 2022 and implications on oil markets: Global oil demand has lost some momentum recently, but the fundamentals remain solid where demand is still expected to grow by 5.6 mb/d in 2021 and further 3.3 mb/d in 2022. OPEC+ to unwind the 5.76 mb/d cut...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our latest short-term oil market outlook to 2023, is now available. This month’s featured In Focus piece focuses on the key features of OPEC+ in the current cycle, the new dynamics emerging and the factors shaping its next move ahead. The decisions and measures made by OPEC+ over the past few months...

OIES Energy Transition Webinar

OIES Energy Dialectic

Reflections on COP26 for the Energy Sector

19 November 2021

Following 2 weeks of negotiations, discussions, side meetings and presentations in Glasgow a team of OIES research fellows and guests will reflect on the key outcomes from COP26. James Henderson, Anupama Sen, Jonathan Stern and Martin Lambert attended the event in person and will offer their conclusions on topics such as the Global Methane Pledge, the global debate around hydrogen, the role of CCS and the implied future of hydrocarbons, the contributions of India, Russia and China to the COP discussions and the impact of the US presence on the meeting.

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

OIES Oil Day

What Next for Oil Market? Short-term Prospects’

3 December 2021

The workshop will assess the short-term oil market outlook including the distinguishing features of the current cycle, the uneven recovery in global oil demand, the risks around the demand outlook, products demand and refining margins, OPEC+ behaviour and the path ahead, performance of non-OPEC and US shale, geopolitical risks, and global balances.

The day will consist of three sessions:

Session I: Global Oil Demand: Is the recovery on Solid Ground?
Session II: OPEC+: A More Predictable Path Ahead?
Session III: How Constrained is non-OPEC Supply Growth?

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

OIES Webinar

Software versus hardware: how China’s institutional setting helps and hinders the clean energy transition

9 December 2021 - 11.30 (London time)

The webinar will examine how China’s institutional setting contributes to or hinders the energy transition, with a particular emphasis on the energy sector and innovation policies. Some observers have tended to assume that China’s interventionist management of the economy and dominance of state-owned monopolies will primarily hinder the transition as they limit market forces and private enterprise. Others point to China’s strong central state and high-level commitments to climate change to suggest that China’s institutions are better suited to addressing environmental problems than those of liberal democracies. The presenters aim to set out a preliminary framework for analysing the areas where technological and institutional factors make change more likely to be lasting and transformative, versus areas in which resistance will likely remain strong.

Register for the webinar here.

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale