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2019 IEA Gas & Oil Technology Collaboration Program Committee Meeting

On July 8 and 9, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted the 13th Meeting of the International Energy Agency’s Gas & Oil Technology Collaboration Program Executive Committee, bringing together energy policy experts from across the world. The first panel session focused on Indian energy system choices, moderated by International Energy Agency Gas and Oil Technology Collaboration Program president and CEO Jostein Dahl Karlsen. Panelists included Embassy of India economic counsellor Nilkanth Avhad, U.S.-India Business Council senior director for energy, environment, and infrastructure Lauren Diekman, and Society of Petroleum Engineers president Sami Al-Nuaim.

Avhad mentioned that achieving energy growth in India is key to increasing gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in the country. Diekman stressed both that India is projected to account for a quarter of global energy growth for the next two decades and the importance of the mutually beneficial energy cooperation between the United States and India. Al-Nuaim noted that while oil and gas will remain an integral part of the energy mix for a long time, it will be crucial to make these sources cleaner. He also said that increased use of natural gas, more renewables in the power generation, and an increased use of non-combusted oil are all essential in the path towards reducing carbon emissions.

You can read the full overview of the “Addressing Energy System Choices and Responses: The Case of India” panel, as well as a readout of other public sessions held during the 13th Meeting of the International Energy Agency Gas & Oil Technology Collaboration Program Executive Committee, on the Atlantic Council website.