Geopolitics of Energy with Samuele Furfari

The Leonardo ENERGY Program launches its interview program with energy experts by interviewing Samuele Furfari on Geopolitics of Energy. The following article is the result of the discussion and provides a brief overview on current energy issues. The article is published as an eBook so you can scroll the different pages using the titles below.

Samuele Furfari has been an official of the European Commission for over 25 years. He has built his entire career on the energy sector, working in the Directorate General for Energy and Transport. There, he participated in the development of the European energy policy and its application at community level, particularly through the creation of local and regional energy agencies and a number of initiatives like the Intelligent Energy Executive Agency and the ManagEnergy Program.

Furfari also teaches Geopolitics of Energy at the Free University of Brussels, where he graduated as a Chemical Engineer and subsequently obtained a PhD in coal gasification. He was born in 1953, has Italian nationality, and is married and the father of two children.

Samuele Furfari has recently published Le Monde et L’Energie. Enjeux Politiques. 1. Les clefs pour comprendre. This book was written over a five year period and is the first of a two volume series covering the geopolitics of energy. Furfari’s intent is to help people understand and form their own opinion about energy issues; hopefully one that is free from political correctness and media bias. He states his mission very clearly in the very last paragraph of this first volume:

‘Once you open your newspapers or you listen to information relating to energy, the oil price, the huge investments, the international relations in the energy sector, the protection of the environment, and you are capable of having your own opinion without letting yourself be influenced by ‘politically correct’ notions, I will have achieved my goal of helping you understand the geopolitics of energy.’

In this first volume, he offers the reader a comprehensive picture of what constitutes the energy sources and resources of the planet — a prerequisite for understanding (Les clefs pour comprendre) the energy problem. The development of known reserves, exploitation methods, and their implications for the environment and climate change are the main topics as he explores the different ages of the history of energy.

The second volume — ‘Les cartes en mains’ — will describe the great energy markets and their predictable evolution along with a geopolitical analysis of the ‘cartes’. Furfari explains that this French word means both the cards in the great energy poker game and the maps, relating to the geographical situation of these ‘games’. Part of the book will focus on the energy supply to Europe. It will touch on East-West relations, particularly those affected by the huge gas reserves in Russia. A second part will focus on major consumers around the globe — both the current (USA) and the emerging ones (India and China) — and the significant impact they will have on the supply and demand balance in fossil fuel production regions that are fundamentally important for Europe. These production regions include the Middle East, Africa, and South America. The reader will also gain an insight into the widespread international competition in the ‘energy games’ to assert influence over those regions.

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