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U.S. LNG Exports: a Game-changer for Europe?
April 18, 2014
On Tuesday, 15 April 2014, the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) organized a roundtable discussion on “U.S. LNG Exports: a Game-changer for Europe?”
Effective Climate Agreements: Past, Present and Future
Paul Bledsoe, April 15, 2014
After seven years of work, the world’s leading climate scientists who make up the International Panel on Climate Change issued their gravest assessment yet last month.
The Potential of Natural Gas Offshore Gaza for Regional Stability and the Middle East Peace Process
March 31, 2014
GMF's Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project hosted a roundtable event titled, “Natural Gas in the Palestinian Authority: The Potential of the Gaza Marine Offshore Field,” on March 31.

About The Energy & Society Program

GMF’s Energy & Society Program aims to advance transatlantic leadership on scalable policy and business solutions to reduce the risks of climate change and achieve a low-carbon, secure, and affordable energy future, while conserving natural resources.

The Program works to support transatlantic cooperation on U.S. and EU domestic climate and energy policies and international climate and energy cooperation more broadly. GMF believes that transatlantic cooperation on these issues is both mutually beneficial and essential for global leadership to avoid dangerous climate change. GMF seeks to inform the debate with objective data and the best examples of successful policies that could be shared across the Atlantic or more widely. Finally, GMF believes that international progress on climate and energy policy depends on the broadening of the debate away from a narrow focus on environmental policy to something that informs all social, economic, and foreign policy.

Through transatlantic dialogues, policy briefs and publications, and study tours, the Energy & Society Program engages policymakers, business leaders, academics, and members of the NGO community from both sides of the Atlantic.

Natural Gas in the Palestinian Authority
Simon Henderson, March 28, 2014
This policy brief makes the case for the exploitation of the Gaza Marine natural gas field.
Can New Energy Supplies Bring Peace?
Brenda Shaffer, March 11, 2014
This policy brief argues that recent gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean are not large enough to truly be game-changing. 
Creative Destruction in the Electric Power Sector
March 11, 2014
Washington, DC
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in collaboration with the Energy Future Coalition (EFC), hosted a workshop and panel discussion as part of an ongoing project examining creative destruction in the energy sector.
The Geopolitics of Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean
February 21, 2014
Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, February 11th, GMF convened a public event in the United States Capitol complex to examine the geopolitics of energy in the Eastern Mediterranean under the auspices of its Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project.
China's Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution
Paul Bledsoe March 08, 2014
Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.
Heavy Smog in China: What's the Solution?
Paul Bledsoe February 28, 2014
What steps can China take to reduce air pollution? To discuss this, anchor Mike Walter is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates and Senior Fellow in the Climate and Energy Program at the German Marshall Fund.

Energy & Society Program Initiatives

Energy Transition Forum

The Energy Transition Forum was created in 2012 to provide a regular venue for open, structured, and fact-based dialogue among senior leaders from the private and public sectors in the United States and Europe about the market conditions and policy frameworks needed for a timely transition to a secure, affordable, and low-carbon energy future. Its intention is to bring together a coalition of leaders to produce new thinking on how to address the key challenges facing the energy system.

Central and Eastern European Energy Security Forum

GMF’s Central Eastern Europe Energy Security Forum brings together the most experienced and relevant analysts, government officials, and opinion makers from the wider region (including the EU Institutions and the United States, as well as other interested stakeholders) in a regular, data-informed discussion on issues of energy policy that are relevant for the region and the broader transatlantic policy community. The Forum reflects the increasing interest of U.S. as well as European companies in exploring new unconventional sources of energy in that region, the U.S. strategic interest in promoting European energy security, the ongoing debate about reforms in the EU energy market, and the long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in both Europe and the United States.

 

Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project

GMF’s Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project addresses the political and economic implications, risks and opportunities of the recent energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Major discoveries of natural gas off the shores of Israel and Cyprus - and potentially elsewhere - could bring to the region the benefits of energy security, economic gains, and a cleaner environment. But the region’s energy choices are fraught with political risks and policy dilemmas.

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