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Hydrogen crucial for energy resilience

I live in a small village in beautiful Aberdeenshire. We have been known to suffer from power cuts here due to overhead powerline failures, storms and the occasional transformer committing hari-kari. These things do happen so, having had the importance of resilience hammered into me by my dad, who was an electrical supply engineer, I designed my energy system accordingly.

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Green Industrial Revolution unlocks new jobs in Scotland

As we prepare to host the United Nations’ flagship COP26 conference in November, the United Kingdom has a chance to chart a path to a more sustainable future, Building Back Greener from COVID-19 by creating new green jobs. Not only is this job creation central to delivering a sustainable recovery from the pandemic, but a cornerstone of the ambition to ‘level up’ the country as we move forward.

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Mission Possible: Building an oil and gas business for the future

‘Daddy, I’ve written a letter to the Norwegian government!’ announced my 13-year old daughter Bee. When I asked her what it was about, she replied innocuously: ‘I asked the environment minister to stop oil exploration in northern Norway’.

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Energy investment opportunities in Africa

The cards have been shuffled on the global investment table and all eyes are on Africa, writes Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, CEO of Groupe Filatex.

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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.