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1 December, 2023

Connect with the New Producers Group at COP28   Dr Valerie Marcel, Director, New Producers Group Naadira Ogeer, Commonwealth Secretariat   Commonwealth Action to Reduce Methane Emissions: Official Launch of Commonwealth Methane Action Group Organizer: Commonwealth Secretariat Date: 2 December, 9:30-11:00 Location: Commonwealth Pavilion   Panel ministériel sur la mise […]

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11 September, 2023

    The NPG organised a training/workshop on minimising emissions from the petroleum sector, 11-15 September 2023. The training was hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal. The governments of Senegal, Mauritania, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, and Tanzania sent delegations to the training to develop action plans to […]

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19 October, 2022

The African Natural Resources Management and investment Centre of the African Development Bank Group and the New Petroleum Producers Group (NPG) are hosting a webinar to discuss the findings of their forthcoming report “Minimising Greenhouse Gases in the Petroleum Sector: The Opportunity for Emerging Producers”. Register here Commitments have been made […]

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6 October, 2022

The 2022 Annual Meeting was held on the sidelines of the Africa Oil Week and Green Energy Africa Summit in Cape Town. It was  an invitation-only roundtable of 50 senior representatives of ministries of petroleum, energy, environment and finance, regulatory agencies, and NOCs. The New Producers Group is celebrating 10 […]

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27 June, 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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28 June, 2021

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 […]

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30 November, 2021

Meeting summary 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 […]

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10 November, 2021

Forging a New Path Towards an Equitable and Just Energy Transition Petroleum-producing countries in the Commonwealth, and beyond, are striving to break the historical fossil fuel-driven development model and forge a new path towards economic resilience. This is an especially daunting task for new producers who Least Developed Countries (LDC) […]

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8 November, 2021

Methane is the second largest greenhouse gas with a global warming effect over 80 times greater than CO2. More than 30% of the current rise in temperatures is due to this potent gas. To secure global net zero by 2050 and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, urgent reductions are needed. […]

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23 June, 2021

In May 2021, the IEA released its Net Zero by 2050 report, with a detailed road map of the steps required internationally to cut carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050. Exploration for new resources (other than fields already approved) does not fit within the IEA pathway to 2050, […]

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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.