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The conversation we’re not having…

A short time ago, I was at an event in Brussels, talking about the role of natural gas. And there was a gentleman there who didn’t want to engage with our industry at all. At one point he asked me if I was ashamed of my work and said that talking about the future of gas was just our industry looking for a lifeline. He is just one person who sees gas as a problematic energy source. Sadly, he is one of many.

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Rewiring the energy system

“If we are to successfully transition to the energy system of tomorrow, we cannot simply unplug from the energy system of today,” Adnoc CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber warned the ADIPEC conference in Abu Dhabi this month.

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CMS: Hydrogen emerging as key post-COP26 solution

There were some welcome developments during COP26, not least the deal announced between the US and China to work together to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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Scottish funds expert to support coal phaseout in South-east Asia

As COP26 draws to a close today and Glasgow bids farewell to international leaders, business leaders and global environmental campaigners, we have to hope that the commitments made over the last two weeks will be delivered in full (or exceeded) and to the agreed timescales.

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Decommissioning – the state of play

If anyone needed any evidence that decommissioning is accelerating they need only look at the BEIS table of approved decommissioning programmes.

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COP26: Pressure’s on to fund solutions to the crisis, not add to the problem

Businesses are watching closely the outcomes of COP26 because decisions made in Glasgow will have a profound impact on their future, affecting what kind of activity will be possible, what kind of finance (if any), will be available and changing the value of assets currently held.

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A renewable energy ‘Silk Road’

This week, the long-awaited COP26 conference finally got under way, bringing together world leaders to confront the challenge of climate change. But its outcomes, its ability to move the needle forward, is what matters to global citizens.

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Burning question of scrapping gas boilers

Removing, breaking, and recycling what we can of redundant offshore oil and gas infrastructure is a huge task but worth many hundreds of millions of pounds to those fortunate enough to win the work.

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Onshore wind: The government must recognise its role in net zero

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson published the UK’s net zero strategy – a mighty 368-page document that attempted to outline how the country will move forward and achieve ambitious emissions targets, including the decarbonisation of our electricity system by 2035.

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How we grow from here matters

On September 16, 1987, a historic event took place in my home country of Canada. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed by 46 nations and territories and later ratified by all 197 United Nations members.

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Why connectivity is key for the future of energy

Today, connectivity underpins the everyday operations of the energy sector. Without reliable network connections, the lights go off. It's that simple.

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Gas production key to decarbonising the UK energy sector

Spiralling gas prices and shortages of fuel on the UK’s forecourts have brought into sharp focus the importance of ensuring policy protects the country’s energy supplies throughout the energy transition.

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Green financing on the rise

Extreme and tragic weather has brought the issue of climate change back to the spotlight, reinforcing why the issue needs to be top of the global political agenda.

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Oil and gas under the spotlight

As we approach the COP26 Climate Conference which begins in Glasgow on 31st October, it feels as if the oil and gas industry has never been more in the political spotlight.