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5th Energy & Economic Summit, in Istanbul from 21 to 22 November 2013

Global focus at Istanbul energy summit

17 October 2013: International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz are among global leaders meeting in Istanbul next month to discuss joined up solutions to a range of world energy, economics and policy challenges.

Turkey is seen as a crucial crossroads for staging the Atlantic Council’s 5th Energy & Economic Summit, in Istanbul from 21 to 22 November 2013. This annual gathering draws together countries in the Black Sea and Caspian regions, Middle East, Balkans, elsewhere in Europe, the United States, and the world.

Dr. Moniz is making energy efficiency a focal point of his tenure, not least to help meet President Obama’s goal of doubling America’s energy productivity by 2030. In the US alone this energy efficiency drive means integrating work on appliance standards, reducing US dependence on oil, vehicle efficiency, alternative fuels and vehicle electrification, manufacturing initiatives to help improve the efficiency of widely used semiconductors and billions of dollars worth of energy savings in building efficiency.  

Dr. Birol, Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency in Paris, said: "Like the city itself, the Istanbul Summit is a veritable melting pot of ideas that is unparalleled. Leading thinkers from government, business and civil society come together to focus on energy and economic challenges of global concern, offering fresh perspectives and debating possible solutions."

Orhan Taner, Director, Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit - Istanbul 2013, said: “As the US shifts dramatically away from reliance on foreign oil and gas, experts will focus on the changing global energy dynamic.”

Other high profile participants at the summit include:

  • Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and former US Secretary of State;
  • Abdullah Gül, President, Republic of Turkey;
  • Kairat Kelimbetov, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Brent Scowcroft, Interim Chairman, Atlantic Council and former US National Security Advisor to Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush;
  • Luay Al-Khatteeb, Founder and Executive Director, Iraq Energy Institute;
  • Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Topics that will be the subject of keynote addresses, forum sessions and debate include:

  • Iraq energy;
  • Turmoil in the Arab world;
  • Afghanistan beyond 2014;
  • Green energy and development strategies;
  • Future energy sources.

The full agenda is here: