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Women must be at the forefront of sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided significant challenges, but it also presents a wealth of opportunities with regards to sustainability and our global energy footprint. Although the dramatic reduction of CO2 emissions this pandemic has brought about is welcome, there is still a lot of work to be done in changing hearts and minds with regards to sustainability.

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Green power to the people

After a truly challenging 2020, hopefully 2021 will offer something to look forward to.

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Collaboration: the time to act is now

In January 2021, OGUK and Deloitte will launch the latest edition of the UKCS upstream supply chain collaboration review and index. The index is developed from supply chain and operator company feedback and provides an understanding of how effectively industry is working together in what continues to be challenging times for us all.

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Restructuring options for oil companies in 2021 – Mayer Brown

Whether dealing with failure of a major project, reacting to crises at counterparties or weighed down by oil price weakness, many companies in the oil sector will have to undertake financial restructuring in 2021.

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2020: an implausible year – but lessons for the future

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once spoke of being told by a writing tutor that a plot she had written of a middle-class African family was inauthentic.  She was met with disbelief when she revealed the story was autobiographical.

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Technology’s key role in driving transition

Technology never stands still. In the almost 40 years that we’ve been extracting oil and gas from the North Sea, technology has constantly evolved to solve increasingly complex challenges.

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Is the H-penny finally dropping in Scotland?

Given the appalling mess called Brexit and the Covid-19 crisis that beset all of us, it is quite a surprise that the Scottish Government actually found the resource to cobble together and publish just before Christmas an outline of its £100 million over five years hydrogen industry stimulus dream.

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Opportunity for us all to drive the transition

Wow, what a 12 months that was. The last article I wrote for Energy Voice was in June and looking back now, it shows how little was understood about the impact Covid-19 would have on our lives. I suggested in that article that we were emerging from the crisis then. How wrong could I be?

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What does the future hold?

That’s what we are all asking as we approach the New Year. We are all hoping that the advent of vaccines will mean 2021 is more “normal” than 2020. However, the pandemic has also coincided with, and possibly accelerated, a more fundamental change in our society – our response to the climate crisis, so the new “normal” will be different to the old “normal”.

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Without technology there is no net zero

It is a fact of life that if you want to achieve net zero you need the technology that can make it happen. You can play around with what you think are smart economic wheezes such as contracts for difference and carbon tax but if you don’t have the technology to enable you to stop burning hydrocarbons then ultimately, they’re of no benefit whatsoever.

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2020: A year of resolve and resilience through extraordinary upheaval

With the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating price of oil, 2020 has been a difficult year for us all and particularly our industry. During this time, we experienced a period of dramatic change, leading to a very “different” future.

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Energy directors must ask questions of their subsidiaries

“The child gold-diggers”. That was the title of a recent Sunday Times feature, which tracked illegally mined gold from the child miners of Ghana to the “clean” gold markets of Europe, via the Dubai gold souk.

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Rethink Africa’s energy systems to empower women

Women-led SMEs across the continent depend on reliable and affordable energy but often lose out because of grid and centralised power problems. Instead of waiting for grid power, Salma Okonkwo argues, off-grid solar projects and mini grids offer a way forward.

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Five actions to power climate change

As we endure these challenging times, the climate emergency persists, and the planet continues to be threatened. Without a strong and stable economy, the funds to invest in a greener, cleaner future simply won’t be there. Even with the fall in carbon emissions, our modelling shows that the pandemic will only reduce demand through to 2050 by 8%.1