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Aligning the Petroleum Sector with Climate, Energy and National Development Goals

  • 28 Jun, 2021
  • 12:00 am

Date: 28 June to 9 July 2021

Summary: The course is designed to create a shared understanding amongst government agencies on the intersection of the oil and gas sector with development strategies, energy plans and climate goals. This will be a live, interactive course delivered via Zoom, with a series of 7 remote sessions (90-120mins) across two weeks. Participants will include officials from petroleum, revenue, planning, finance, and environment agencies. The course will alternate between plenary sessions, which provide scene setting information and opportunities for governments to share their thinking with each other, and national workshops, which enable inter-agency exchanges and aim to improve policy and planning.

Rationale: As new producing countries look to build more resilient economies in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, reassessing and resetting expectations for the petroleum sector are important in efforts to mitigate the long-term risks and challenges. Many new and emerging petroleum producers face multiple challenges of eradicating poverty providing affordable and reliable energy for growing populations and managing the risks from the global shift towards a decarbonized economy. Many countries are also setting more ambitious new targets for their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP 26 in Glasgow in November. There has never been a greater need for alignment between the petroleum sector, national development plans (e.g. industrial policies, national visions or development plans), energy access goals and international climate commitments.

Amidst the significance of these issues, many new producer governments have expressed a demand for opportunities to learn more from global experts about the intersection between the global energy transition and domestic development goals, and to exchange with one another on the evolution of their approaches. In most countries, policy-making for climate, energy access and the petroleum sector tends to occur in agency silos. As noted by government participants in the 2020 New Producers Group Annual Meeting, at the 2019 National Seminar for Uganda, and in training sessions organised by the NPG in Lebanon and Uganda, inter-agency communication and coordination are insufficient. This workshop will bring senior government officials involved in national policy and planning across the agencies responsible for petroleum, power, infrastructure, planning, environment, climate and finance, to identify areas for greater alignment.

Format: The course will alternate between plenary sessions and national workshops. During the training, the participants will select a policy lab, which will be held at the end of the training, to push policy thinking further on a specific policy application. (Further policy labs will organised in person, once travel is permitted.) The New Producers Group trainings and workshops are based on the principle of peer-to-peer exchanges and on a trusted, informal space where member countries are free to share successes and failures, and give each other advice, free from commercial and economic pressures.

Key topics to be covered during the course:

  • Global trends shaping the outlook for the petroleum sector
  • Unpacking national policy and planning assumptions
  • Coordinating domestic energy planning with the petroleum sector
  • Coordinating petroleum and climate goals
  • Reviewing Nationally Determined Contributions

Time commitment: Delegates will be expected to be available to review selected materials in advance of the course, prepare a small set of slides outlining their policies, and attend virtual course sessions, with a total commitment of approximately 4-8 hours before the course and 16 hours over the two week duration of the course.

Participants and selection process: Space in the course is limited. In order to maximise the opportunities for each participant to engage despite the remote format and for exchange across government on these complex and connected issues, participants will be drawn from four countries from among the membership of the New Producers Group, with a total of approximately 40-45 participants. Places at the training & workshops will be granted to country delegations and not on an individual basis. We will award places to the countries with the nominated delegation that will be best suited to the course (if demand justifies it, we can deliver the course a second time). We will work with the selected delegations to finalize the detailed schedule for the course.

If your government wishes to submit a delegation for consideration, please engage with other agencies in government to compose a list of 8-15 officials with policy making, planning and regulatory responsibilities from a range agencies, such as:

  • Ministry of planning/economic development/Prime Minister’s office: Officials responsible for setting the national development plan and infrastructure development
  • Ministry of energy and state-owned power companies: senior officials responsible for energy access plan
  • Ministry of finance: officials involved in financial planning and risk management
  • Ministry of environment/climate change: officers responsible for setting and monitoring climate targets especially NDCs, as well as national environmental standards related to clean air
  • Ministry of petroleum: senior officials responsible for oil and gas policy, development and administration (including licensing)
  • Petroleum regulators: petroleum commissions, environmental regulators or focal points
  • National oil companies: executives responsible for business transformation and strategy, new energies or finance and risk management.

Registration is closed.

For further information and to express interest in participating in a future training on this topic, please contact us.