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Paper  2023

Left behind: Emerging oil and gas producers in a warming world

Published in Climate Policy journal and available to read for free thanks to Open Access. Summary The push for decarbonization is dampening resource prospects in nations with undeveloped oil and gas. It is critical to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the petroleum sector, but there are equity issues related […]

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Policy brief  2022

Minimising Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Petroleum Sector: The Opportunity for Emerging Producers

The importance of limiting greenhouse gas emissions Limiting climate change requires urgent, significant reductions of GHG emissions by the petroleum sector The bulk of emissions relate to the end use of petroleum products, and are spread among many users, these are difficult to reduce Emissions from upstream production of oil […]

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Event summary  2022

Virtual Training: Minimising Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Petroleum Sector

The New Producers Group delivered a training to its member countries between 26 May – 8 July 2022 with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank. Minimising GHG Emissions from the Petroleum Sector – Consolidated […]

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Event summary  2021

Annual Meeting 2021

COP26 was intended as the moment at which countries revisited climate pledges made under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The issues related to equity in the global energy transition were forcefully raised by a number of country delegations at COP26. While some observers felt the COP26 agreement represented the start of […]

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Policy brief  2021

Tying Their Hands? How Petroleum Contract Terms May Limit Governments’ Climate Policy Flexibility

Have producer countries begun to modify petroleum contract terms in response to climate change and energy transition risks? This briefing reviewed 34 contracts and model contracts from 11 countries, signed or issued since the Paris Agreement. This review focused on stabilization, arbitration, and force majeure clauses.

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Report  2021

Risky Bet: National Oil Companies in the Energy Transition

As the energy transition affects the future of oil and gas, the room for maneuver of many NOCs will shrink, and the opportunity costs of investing in expensive projects will rise.

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Report  2020

Fostering Resilience in Emerging Oil Producers

This paper draws from a fascinating series of virtual meetings the New Producers Group started in March 2020 to understand how the double crisis of Covid and the oil market crash would impact national aspirations for the petroleum sector. The paper looks at those impacts, lays out some strategies for crisis response (legal challenges, managing oil companies, communications), draws on scenarios for longer term transition impacts and reflects on what policies would help these countries be resilient in the face of the deep change the petroleum sector is undergoing.

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Event summary  2020

Annual Meeting 2020

The 8th Annual Meeting of the New Producers Group took place from 1–3 December 2020, with a focus on fostering resilience in emerging producers. The meeting considered how new producers can adapt their approaches in light of the shocks from the pandemic, and the prospects that the global energy transition will precipitate significant changes in oil and gas markets.

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Video  2020

Post-pandemic outlook for the oil and gas industry

Atul Arya from IHS Markit returned to the Fostering Resilience in Crisis series to give us an updated outlook for the energy sector post-Covid. This meeting was under Chatham House Rule. Watch the highlights in the below video. The full recording is available on the members’ platform. Highlights of the […]

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Article  2020

Should Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest to Achieve the Paris Agreement?

Almost all the government owners of sovereign wealth funds are signatories to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet, despite this commitment, the world is not on course to meet these goals. There has been a significant effort, however, by regulators and investors to better integrate climate change considerations into financial markets and ensure investment is consistent with the Paris Agreement’s goals. This article argues that sovereign wealth funds should be at the vanguard of these efforts by investors to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals.

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Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.

In 2020, Marny Daal-Vogelland retired from Staatsolie, the NOC of Suriname, after a career of over 23 years. As director of the Staatsolie Hydrocarbon Institute she was responsible for the team that assessed the petroleum potential in offshore Suriname, promoted the investment opportunities in oil and gas, negotiated petroleum agreements and monitored signed petroleum agreements. During her career she prepared and executed bidding rounds, technical study agreements and was the lead negotiator of seventeen PSCs for twelve offshore and five onshore blocks. Marny is a member of the supervisory board of the Republic Bank, the St Vincentius Hospital, the Majella senior citizen center. She has lectured at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and has served on several committees on behalf of the Government, employers’ organizations, and trade unions. She holds a master’s degree in law and an MBA in Petroleum & Gas Management.

Peter Stewart is an EMEA lead at Squire Patton Bogg's Energy & Natural Resources Group and a partner in the London office. Peter's practice spans energy and infrastructure projects, corporate and technology transactions, and international arbitration. His geographic focus in energy, infrastructure and arbitration has been on Africa and emerging economies, while his corporate practice has been mainly in private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions largely in the technology arena.

Laura Robinson, CPA, MPA, CFE, is the President of the ICGFM and President of Swale House Partners Inc., providing bespoke risk management services to government clients worldwide. Prior to Swale House Partners, she served as a senior civil servant with the U.S. Government after starting her career as an auditor at Deloitte. Mrs. Robinson is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Business Continuity Management.  She holds an International Diploma in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management, an Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California.

Vanessa Ushie is Acting Director of the AfDB’s specialised department for natural resources management and investment, and Manager of the division for policy analysis on natural resources. She leads the AfDB’s strategy, programmes, and policy engagements to catalyse natural resource investments for sustainable development in Africa. She has worked for over 20 years on sustainable development. Vanessa holds a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London.

Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is Ghana’s Minister of State for Finance and a member of parliament for Karaga. He was previously Deputy Minister of Energy and chaired Ghana’s National Energy Transition Committee. He has worked extensively on extractive industries and resource management as a University lecturer, advisor on resource governance and a campaigner for transparency in resource management around the globe. Before working in the Ministry of Energy, Amin Adam was the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).

Honey Malinga holds a Master of Science in Exploration Geophysics, a diploma in Exploration Geophysics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He currently serves as a Director, Directorate of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda.

Vandana Gangaram Panday is Director of the Surinamese regulator Staatsolie Hydrocarbon Institute. She previously held various role in Staatsolie, the national oil company of Suriname, including Manager of Offshore Strategy, E&P Strategy, Strategy and Business Development Manager, and

Patrick has worked on legal reform and governance initiatives in the developing world for more than 20 years for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International and The International Center for Transitional Justice. He was a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Law, Energy & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Patrick is Chief Program Officer at NRGI and his own research work focuses on several core elements of natural resource governance, including the management of state-owned enterprises, legislative and regulatory reform and oil and mining contracts. He coordinates the organization’s work on the implications of climate change for the economies of resource-dependent countries.

Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.