EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ENERGY QUARTERLY     |     Spring (2021)     |     Published on May 28, 2021

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TLN and the Scotia Group co-host the first Scotia Group Dialogue ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, United Kingdom

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 | TLN and Scotia Group kicked off their partnership together with the first official Scotia Group Dialogue: “From Process to Climate Action: Consensus Building and On-Ramping for COP26.” The goal of these dialogues is to develop the best way forward for climate action ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow in November.

This event covered wide-ranging topics such as U.S. re-entry into the Paris Agreement; how to build broader consensus beyond North America and Europe to positively impact the COP process; and what are the priorities for the U.S. and UK to forge climate action consistent with the rule of law. The Honorable Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, provided a recorded address.

Other participants included:

Mr. Howard Covington, Chairman, The Alan Turing Institute
Ambassador John B. Craig, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Network
The Honorable Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Deputy Leader, House of Commons of Canada
Professor Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
Reverend Johnnie Moore, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

A select portion of the large group participating in the public session. The session was followed with an off-the-record Majlis event.

A promotional video describing the mission and goals of the Scotia Group (SG26). Over the coming months, SG26 and TLN will continue to collaborate on climate action projects.

This event is the first in a series of collaborative efforts between the Transatlantic Leadership Network and the Scotia Group. Ambassador John B. Craig, Senior Fellow, is leading TLN’s work in this partnership.

TLN hosts virtual conversation “Energy, Climate, Security: The Way Forward,” develops 8 key recommendations for the energy transition

THURSDAY, MARCH 25 | The event covered topics such as decarbonization, the digital future, climate change, and energy security. The Honorable Ruben Gallego, United States representative for Arizona’s 7th congressional district, gave a recorded keynote address. The 8 recommendations are available in TLN’s newsletter recap of the event.

Other participants included:

– Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Barbero, Vice President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network and Chairman of TerraScale
– Dr. Roudi Baroudi, Chief Executive Officer of Energy & Environment Holding
– Ms. Debra Cagan, Distinguished Energy Fellow at the Transatlantic Leadership Network
– Dr. Joseph Stanislaw, International Advisory Boardmember of Dana Gas, Founder of The JAStanislaw Group, and Partner at Brightstar Capital Partners
– Dr. Sasha Toperich, Senior Executive Vice President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network

LTG (R) Michael Barbero

This is a wake-up call. We need look no further than what happened recently in the state of Texas to realize that we must make this transition, take on the challenges and seize the opportunities

Dr. Roudi Baroudi

Greater cooperation demands strong leadership, and in our era the only country that can provide such leadership is the United States.

Ms. Debra Cagan

While others recognize the precipitous drop in renewable prices over the past year make that industry more attractive, as we move forward on our climate goals, we must ensure that we do not lose the energy independence only recently achieved.

Dr. Joseph Stanislaw

As we have learned from the COVID-19 response, there is an absolute necessity for global action and cooperation to act as an accelerant to what companies and the private sector have already started.

TLN Commentary

Lebanese - Syrian Maritime Boundaries: Solutions Are Ready

“Lebanon’s maritime boundaries with Syria have become a popular topic for public discussion of late, and that is a good thing. After all, the more our citizens know, the better-equipped they will be to identify national interests, and therefore to demand that elected officials pursue those interests above all other considerations.”

Dr. Roudi Baroudi writes for Lebanon Gas & Oil.
April 2021

Port Cities Are Key to Reducing Maritime Carbon Emissions

“Port cities have emerged as strategic policy actors in the global effort to reduce GHG emissions. It is vital that they build on promising collaborative efforts in the maritime realm, in and around port facilities and in the linkages to the inland transport sector.”

Paul Isbell and Bart Édes write for BRINK.
April 2021

The Transatlantic Energy Economy

“U.S. and European companies will be critical to the development of a cleaner energy future. The EU’s ambitious European Green Deal outlines a wide set of initiatives ranging from the de-carbonization of the energy sector, development of cleaner modes of transport, renovation of buildings to reduce energy use, and investments in the circular economy. The plan will require trillions of euros in investments to achieve the ambitious target of making the continent climate neutral by 2050. “

Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph Quinlan write for the Wilson Center.
April 2021

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