Energy Transition Research Initiative

New OIES Energy Insight – The Role of Carbon Markets in Enabling Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Gas Research Programme

New OIES Quarterly Gas Review – Issue 24

Electricity Research Programme

New OIES Podcast – Consumer reliability preferences in electricity markets with a capacity requirement

Oil Research Programme

New OIES Oil Monthly – Issue 33

China Energy Research Programme

New OIES Podcast – Prospects of the Chinese coal chemical industry

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is a world leading independent energy research institute specialising in advanced research into the economics and geopolitics of the energy transition and international energy across oil, gas and electricity markets

  • Energy Transition Research

    Energy Transition Research at OIES focuses on the trends shaping energy systems, transformations in behaviours and business models, and the implications of shifting from the existing hydrocarbon-dominated energy economy to a system in which renewables, low-carbon energy sources and abated use of hydrocarbons will play a much greater role.

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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 Electricity Research Programme focuses on fundamental issues including re-design of electricity markets to integrate zero marginal cost renewables, regulation of electricity networks to accommodate variable supply/demand and incentivizing efficient investment and identifying conditions for efficient growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), activating demand side flexibility and consumer participation in...

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  • Oil Research Programme

    The Oil Research Programme, established in 2009, has cemented its reputation as a leading source of academic research on oil market issues. The Programme’s research group continues to produce high-quality empirical oil market research of international significance based on its core understanding of oil market dynamics and price cycles, the...

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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

On 11 April 2024 the European Parliament adopted the Renewable and Natural Gases and Hydrogen (RNGH) Directive and the RNGH Regulation – otherwise known as the Decarbonised Gas and Hydrogen Package – and published both documents on 12 April 2024. Once approved by the Council and published in the EU Official Journal – expected by June – the Package, together...

Latest Energy Insights

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is expected to play a key role as a climate mitigation technology. Leading analysis by the IEA, IPCC and the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) all estimate that, by 2050, gigatonne-scale CCS deployment will be required. Yet, despite this key role, deployment to date remains far below what is needed to be on track to deliver on the...

Latest Energy Comments

All eyes have been on the “Two Sessions”, an important annual political gathering which ended on 11 March, for clues into macroeconomic policy and energy policy this year. But the guidance suggests a status quo of mixed messages. The government is emphasising support for new industries to achieve its “around 5%” GDP growth target again, although it is also planning...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Following the Russia-Ukraine war, the issue of energy security has once again surged to the forefront of global discussions. The disruption and threats to global energy security caused by the war have starkly exposed the vulnerability of energy supply chains, accentuating the pressing need for robust and secure energy sources. In this context, different countries, notably in the European Union,...

Latest Podcasts

In this latest podcast from the China programme, Michal Meidan talks to Kevin Tu about the outlook for China’s coal chemicals industry in an increasingly carbon constrained world. Drawing on Kevin’s paper 'Prospects of the Chinese coal chemical industry in an increasingly carbon-constrained world', they discuss the political and economic importance of the sector in China. Kevin discusses the layout...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our latest short-term oil market outlook to 2025, is now available. - Tighter-than-expected balances compounded by heightened geopolitical risks have prompted us to raise our Brent price forecast by $2.5/b to $85.4/b in 2024 and by $1.6/b to $81.0/b in 2025. Our Brent price forecast revisions this month largely reflect an improving...

Latest Quarterly Gas Review

In this first edition of the Gas Quarterly for 2024 we review the developments during winter 2023/24 on the European gas market and global LNG market and draw conclusions about the outlook for prices and the supply-demand balance in summer 2024. In pricing terms, the winter of 2023/24 was notable insofar as the price peak arrived in October, driven by...

OIES Energy Transition Event 2024

In June 2024 OIES will hold it's 3rd Energy Transition Event over 2 days.

The event will cover the following issues:

3 June

• Green Industrial Policy and the Geopolitics of the Transition.
• What is next for Battery Supply Chains?
• Inflation, Macroeconomics and Financing Renewables.
• Carbon Offsetting, Removals and Net Zero Targets.

4 June

• Navigating Challenges and Seizing Opportunities in Offshore Wind.
• Grids and Clean Energy Transitions.
• Energy Storage’s Crucial Role in a Sustainable Future.

The Guide to Chinese Climate Policy 2022

China is the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases by a wide margin. Its policies for limiting emissions will have a significant impact on the global climate for decades to come.

This Guide to Chinese Climate Policy provides information on China’s emissions, the impacts of climate change in China, the history of China’s climate change policies and China’s response to climate change today.

Visit the website to download the Guide