The Doha Carbon & Energy Forum’s steering committee (“DCEF”) has officially announced the 2013 DCEF forum will be held in Qatar from the period 11-13th November. DCEF is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy & Industry of Qatar, who will deliver the opening address, Mr. Faisal Al-Suwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation and Mrs Sara Ortwein, President of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.

DCEF will confirm Qatar’s position as a centre of innovation and leadership in addressing opportunities in energy efficiency, climate change, carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) and solar energy as ways to mitigate greenhouse gases.

The forum has grown in stature from its inception in 2010, by establishing a platform for industry-wide partnerships to explore and discuss technological solutions in the field of energy; the role that alternative technologies will play in meeting the challenges of climate change; global energy demand and the potential of alternative energy as crucial carbon mitigation technology.

DCEF, organized jointly by Qatar Foundation, Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Qatar, will provide a platform for a select panel of experts to discuss energy and greenhouse gas challenges facing Qatar and the wider region. Discussions will fall under three pillars: reviewing state of the art scientific research and development; policies and regulation; and practical industrial applications to mitigate and adapt to the risks of climate change, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016.

DCEF will focus on four topic areas vis-a’-vis energy efficiency, solar energy, CCS and climate change. One of DCEF’s objectives is to create a community and network of experts in the above topic areas, to build self-sustaining momentum through to the next DCEF in 2015. During the 2013 forum, a minimum of two projects will be identified that have the potential be carried forward and developed, with the outcomes announced at DCEF 2015.

Speaking ahead of the Forum, Mr Saif Al Naimi, DCEF Steering Committee Chair and Director of HSE Regulations & Enforcement Directorate at Qatar Petroleum commented:

“Qatar has already demonstrated to the world that it is contributing to solving the challenges posed by climate change. This year’s DCEF will bring together participants from global academia and industry to debate and explore practical ways to advance research and development, discuss policy and regulation frameworks, and industrial applications in the fields of energy efficiency, solar energy, carbon capture and storage, and climate change.”