Energy Security Series

ONS Summit in Stavanger (2016)

Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, addresses the audience at the ONS Summit in Stavanger (Photo: ONS/Ringe).

As part of the MSC Energy Security Series, the MSC and the Norwegian ONS Foundation organized the "ONS Summit" in Stavanger on 28 and 29 August 2016.

About 60 key leaders from the energy industry, politics and the security community gathered to discuss global energy trends, their geopolitical and industrial implications, and the challenges they pose to companies and states.

Among the meeting's participants were the CEOs of major industry leaders, such as Statoil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Eon and Wintershall as well as senior representatives from Saudi Aramco, eni, and Iran's National Oil Company.

Participants also included cabinet ministers from around the world. The Norwegian government was represented by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister for Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, and Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien. Daniel Yergin, one of the world's leading energy experts, moderated the event. For more information, take a look at the Press Release and the Conference Report. Photos of the event can be found in our media library. Click here to read an "Energy Post" interview with Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, on the occasion of the ONS Summit.

Energy Security and the MSC

Besides its annual flagship conference in Munich, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation regularly organizes high-profile events around the world. These events include summits and roundtables dedicated to a particular thematic focus like European Defence, Energy Security, Cyber Security, and Health Security.

Energy security has become a key topic on the international security agenda. The Munich Security Conference wants to contribute to the debate through a series of events that aim at select decision-makers at the highest levels of government, the private sector and civil society. As with all our formats, the objective is to offer the best possible platform for a frank and open exchange of ideas and opinions.


Energy Security Summits

In 2013, the MSC initiated the format "Energy Security Summit" (ESS) together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's most influential daily news publications.

This series of events focuses on the geopolitical and geostrategic dimensions of energy security. The two-day events bring together high-ranking decision-makers from the political realm and industry as well as leading researchers and civil society representatives.


Energy Security Roundtables

The ESS is complemented by Energy Security Roundtables (ESR). They are designed as a more exclusive format taking place at the sidelines of top-notch international events around the world. The ESR bring together a select group of international leaders from within MSC’s global network with key players in the respective region in an intimate, off-the-record setting.
Previous roundtables have taken place in Istanbul, Baku, Stavanger, and on the sidelines of the 51st, 52nd, and 53rd Munich Security Conference.


Other Activities on Energy Security

In addition to the events specifically dedicated to the topic, energy security plays an important role at most MSC activities. During the annual conference in Munich, it has regularly taken center stage at panel discussions and numerous side-events, and it has become an integral part of the agenda of our Core Group Meetings. The latter allow for the incorporation of specific regional issues.



Past Events

Energy Security Summit 2015: "Crises and Prices: Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties"

The Energy Security Summit 2015 took place on 6 & 7 May 2015 in Berlin. Among the high-level participants and speakers were the Minister of Petroleum of Iran, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, and US Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos Hochstein. Topics included the energy-strategic implications of the Ukraine crisis and the oil price volatility.


Click here for the Summit's full program, and here for a list of participants. For a "Storify" summary of the conference, click here. Photos of the event can be found in our media library.

Energy Security Summit 2014: "The Next Great Game? Global Impacts of the Shale Revolution"

Do the shale revolution in the U.S. and the crisis in Ukraine represent major turning points for European energy policy and European energy security? These and other key questions were front and center at the second Energy Security Summit, held on 27/28 May in Berlin. Speakers and panelists included, among many others, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the US Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Carlos Pascual, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger as well as numerous energy and defense ministers from Eastern Europe and North Africa and business executives. For impressions, articles and key quotes from the conference, have a look at our storify. A concluding report of the summit's debates is available here.


Further available information: An Agenda and list of speakers (PDF), pictures as well as select videos and audio files, and the article "Guaranteeing Europe's Energy Supplies" by Judy Dempsey on some of the conference's major debates.