Options for Low-Carbon Development in Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Options for Low-Carbon Development in Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council / Charles Ebinger, Nathan Hultman, Kevin Massy, Govinda Avasarala, Dylan Rebois. Brookings Institution, June 2011, 35 p. (Policy Brief 11-02)
This paper was informed by the proceedings of the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum, a two-day workshop held in Doha, Qatar from November 8-10, 2010.
Executive Summary (© Brookings Institution) :
Over the next twenty years the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are likely to experience some of the fastest economic and energy-consumption growth rates anywhere in the world. Already almost exclusively dependent on hydrocarbons for their energy supply, the GCC member states face increasing environmental and economic costs from continued heavy reliance on oil and gas in their power-generation and industrial sectors. Several of the GCC countries have asserted their interest in diversifying their economies away from the export of raw materials and energy-intensive industry in order to achieve sustainable long-term economic growth and security…