EUCERS/ISD/KAS Energy Talks 2015 - Report on workshop series on "(Re-) Emerging Energy Superpowers"

In 2015, the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) together with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in London hosted an energy talks series for the fourth year in a row at King’s College London.

After the successful cooperation and organisation in 2014, the three partners decided to set a focus on emerging and re-emerging energy superpowers in 2015. Four distinct workshop topics within the overall headline were chosen, to look at different countries, which either used to be significant players and are re-emerging on global energy markets like Iran or Iraq, or are emerging onto global markets as potential superpowers due to developments, such as Kazakhstan or Brazil.

Again, as in the previous years, the ambition was to bring together policy makers, industry experts and academics with an audience made up of policy makers, representatives from the industry, academia and media as well as students and the general interested public and to offer a platform for discussion.

We are delighted to present the results of the four energy talks 2015 in the following report and would like to thank our partners the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in London. Most of all we would like to thank Hans-Hartwig Blomeier, Director of the KAS office in London and his team for their contribution and support in organising the energy talks series 2015. We would also like to thank our KAS Fellows Kalina Damianova and Flávio Lira for their dedicated help with the energy talks series.

Kalina and Flavio have worked tremendously in organising the workshop series, filming the events and editing video material (which can be viewed on EUCERS YouTube channel) as well as summarizing and analysing the findings for this report. Both fellows have also written studies on the topic of (re-) emerging energy superpowers during their year as KAS Fellows at EUCERS. Whereby Kalina focused on the case of Iran as an re-emerging energy superpower and Flávio on the case of Brazil as emerging energy superpower. Both studies are jointly published with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the EUCERS Strategy Paper Series and can be downloaded from our website.

We hope you will enjoy the report.