The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted its ‘Quarterly CEO Roundtable’ at the Four Seasons Doha yesterday.
The backdrop for the ‘CEO Roundtable’ dialogue was the increasing top-down/bottom-up climate action being witnessed globally. The top-down action by governments has increased in speed and scale over the past five years, with many countries making serious commitments, collectively and individually. The bottom-up actions by the private sector and other stakeholders are outpacing the international process, on many fronts.
HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, chairman, The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, said, “As chairman of the leading think tank in the Middle East, I am delighted to host our 5th CEO Roundtable. Sharing our knowledge is a vital step in identifying new opportunities for Qatar and others. Collaboration and partnership are always fruitful for all parties, and by the application of science, we can create better societies.”
As an intimate group, the CEOs from Qatar’s energy and business sectors came together to share their own views and company’s response to the Paris Agreement and beyond. The conversations were private but the content will be published in a white paper made available to members on the foundation’s website.
The foundation attracted world renowned guest speakers to the event including Dr Dirk Forrister, CEO and President, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Dr Karsten Sach, member of the GCF Board, and David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor, Shell International.
HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada was among the dignitaries present.
The group touched upon the local and global implications of the Paris Agreement, Qatar’s ecological footprint and the major challenges faced by oil and gas companies as the world moves towards a low carbon economy.
The Al-Attiyah Foundation examines energy and sustainable development related themes and uses its influence to help shape the global landscape. The foundation’s chairman and founder al-Attiyah has been bestowed with many awards during his illustrious career, including his appointment as Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Industry and managing director of Qatar Petroleum. He is the driving force behind the foundation.
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