Opinion

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New chemical discoveries to catapult the hydrogen economy

Professor Abbie McLaughlin, from the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Chemistry, takes a look at the opportunities presented by a research breakthrough that could enable the widespread use of hydrogen energy to power transport and homes as part of the energy transition.

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Now we have Earth Day pledges, we must mobilise green finance

This year’s Earth Day was cause for optimism in our fight against the climate emergency. With climate change now well and truly upon us, Earth Day 2021 saw the most significant renewal of pledges to tackle the crisis by national governments since the Paris Agreement of 2015.

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Looking back to move forward – where next for HSE?

Last month’s OGUK HSE Conference was inevitably going to involve discussions on Covid. It is inevitable, but also incredible, to reflect on how fast the industry adapted and worked together to manage the pandemic.

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Right to work: Right to change policy now?

A revision to the UK Government’s right to work policy framework is causing bemusement among some businesses – primarily because it may be seen to override some of the safety principles behind the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, says Kelly Hardman, an Edinburgh-based Solicitor at global immigration law firm Fragomen.

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A tale of many business parks

A few days ago I happened to wander down the road to Aberdeen Energy Park and then popped into the Core business park development for good measure.

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Blue hydrogen will increase fuel poverty

Producing blue hydrogen carries a very poor round trip efficiency. Natural gas is reformed to hydrogen, the resultant CO2 emissions are captured and stored, the hydrogen is treated, compressed, stored and distributed to households where it is burned for domestic heating.

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Anti-North Sea policy wrong and irrational

Reading political party manifestos is, it must be said, a duty rather than a pleasure. So much verbiage, so little prospect of the vast majority of it ever being fulfilled.

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A Just Transition looks unlikely

The decision by the French company EDF to award London-based InfraStrata a contract for eight of the 56 foundation jackets for the NnG offshore wind farm has got a lot of people extremely excited.

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IOGP: Part of the Solution…’We mean it’

When the oil and gas industry says that we’re part of the solution to the global need to transition to lower carbon energy sources, we mean it, and we evidence it with our actions. However, many people automatically dismiss anything coming from our industry, or label it “greenwashing”.

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BGF: Energy transition driving M&A activity

One of the conundrums of the pandemic has been how the M&A market has carried on apace, and indeed in some parts of the economy it is very active.

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Decarbonising chemicals: a vision for a low-carbon future

With revenues projected to reach nearly $4 trillion this year alone, the chemicals sector plays a significant role in the global economy – resulting in an equally significant environmental footprint. As the largest industrial consumer of both oil and gas, and the third largest contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions, the sector has rightfully earned its ‘hard to abate’ title.