Natural Gas Research Programme

Oxford Energy Podcast – The Future of Gas in Europe, challenges to 2050

Electricity Research Programme

Beyond Energy: Incentivizing Decarbonization through the Circular Economy

China Energy Research Programme

Key issues for China’s 14th Five Year Plan

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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

In recent years, the replacement of fossil fuels with renewables in power generation and improvements in energy use efficiency have contributed the largest proportions of global CO2 emissions reduction.  With the recent acceleration of ambitions on decarbonization – and countries adopting targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by the middle of this century – these predominant measures have limitations: first,...

Latest Energy Insights

In October 2016 the European Commission (EC) adopted an exemption decision, which exempted 50% of capacity in OPAL (one of the onshore pipelines connecting to Nord Stream 1) from third party access. It also prescribed non-discriminatory access to another 50% of capacity via auctions where both Gazprom and third parties were able to participate, guaranteeing the latter’s access to 20%...

Latest Energy Comments

On 11 March 2021, the Chinese government ratified its 14th Five Year Plan and long-term targets for 2035. Since this is the first Five Year Plan (FYP) published following China’s announcement in September 2020 that it would aim to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060, it was expected to be a strong indicator of China’s...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Gathering momentum for the energy transition has sparked debate on what the energy map will look like in 30 years. For more than half a century now, access to oil and natural gas has been at the heart of the geopolitics of energy; but with renewable technologies set to dominate energy supply systems, relations between states will change, while economies...

Latest Podcasts

The two decades between 2030 and 2050 will see a period of radical change in the global energy economy if climate targets are going to be met. An increasing number of countries are now setting net zero emissions targets, but Europe continues to lead the way with its decarbonisation plans and in this extended Oxford Energy podcast James Henderson and...

Latest Presentations

The Energy Transition is necessary for achieving both universal energy access and the Paris Agreement targets, and it requires pathways that need to rely on all technologically feasible and economically affordable solutions.  The Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) has been accepted at the Saudi-presided G20 as an holistic, integrated, inclusive, pragmatic approach to managing emissions.  Nevertheless, CCE implementation requires international cooperation...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly including our latest short-term oil market outlook is now available. In this month’s featured In Focus piece, Bassam Fattouh and Andreas Economou argue that while oil market dynamics and prices have markedly improved, the degree of uncertainty surrounding the outlook remains high. Following a challenging year, OPEC+ policy choices will keep dictating market...

Middle East Day Webinar

Energy Transition Post-Pandemic in the Gulf:
Clean Energy, Sustainability, and Hydrogen

7 April 2021

Session 1: Global shift to clean energy & associated sustainability
Presentations will discuss the energy transition and related issues of sustainability in the region. Topics will include analysis of transition, clean energy technologies, and various aspects of sustainability (economic and others), focusing on the context of the energy transition in the region

Session 2: The case & opportunity for hydrogen in the Gulf and Kuwait
Presentations will discuss the case for hydrogen in the Gulf in general and Kuwait specifically. Topics will include an overview of the most competitive hydrogen production routes, as well as opportunities and challenges specific to the Gulf economies; projected cost trajectory and relevant application of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), research and development needed to make hydrogen a viable fuel of the future.

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

China Energy Programme Webinars

China: Long-term ambitions and short-term realities

The webinar sessions will focus on China’s long-term plans to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060 through the prism of the recently released 14th Five Year Plan. The panellists will delve into China’s long-term ambitions while taking into account short-term political and market realities.

The webinars will be held over three days.

13 April

Session 1: China’s carbon neutrality: The political and economic framework

Session 2: The geopolitics of China’s energy transition

14 April

Session 3: The outlook for China’s gas demand

Session 4: China’s efforts to green its industrial structure and transport: implications for oil

15 April

Session 5: China’s power sector: can reliability and decarbonisation go hand in hand?

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

Gas Research Programme Webinars

Sponsor Week - Spring 2021

29 March

Session 1: Short-term outlook: LNG, shipping and prices

Session 2: Europe to 2030: the role for natural gas in the light of decarbonization policies, different decarbonization pathways across Europe and the regulatory challenges

30 March

Session 3: Hydrogen: Potential demand in Europe and scope for imports;

Session 4: Energy transition scenarios: Impact on gas

31 March

Session 5: China gas market to 2030

Session 6: Ukraine and Russian gas outlook

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale