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Patent trends in the renewable energy shift

To avoid catastrophic climate breakdown, we must limit global temperature rises to 1.5C, and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the time to act is “now or never” if we are to achieve this. As the biggest single contributor to global warming, the energy sector has a huge role to play, but alarm over energy security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to derail an already fragile energy transition. Now, more than ever, support for low carbon energy innovation is urgently needed to roll out clean energy solutions that reduce emissions along with dependence on Russian oil and gas.


The energy trilemma – the role of CCS and hydrogen

The energy trilemma: mentioned in almost every session at last month’s OEUK Industry Conference held in Aberdeen, the balancing act between security & reliability of supply, affordability and sustainability is clearly at the forefront of industry considerations today.


Mental health column: Communicate with clarity

Success is where people love to work, and where we work and what success looks like, is different for all of us. So how, as leaders, do we support our people’s mental health in a hybrid and hyper-connected world?


Hydrogen opportunity could evaporate

During a recent visit to the USA the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gave a speech at the Brooking Institute in which she expressed extensive support for the proposition that hydrogen will be an essential part of the move away from fossil fuels.


The benefits of a circular economy

The benefit of a circular approach as we address the climate challenge, with more focus on re-use and recycling, has been emphasised for me in recent days.


Ofgem protects energy market at expense of consumer affordability

The energy regulator Ofgem has published a decision document on the Market Stabilisation Charge (MSC) and opened a fresh consultation on changes to the frequency of energy price cap adjustments. These changes, while identified by the regulator as crucial to protect the market, risk having an adverse impact on consumers - something Ofgem concede in their own documentation.


We need urgent action now if the UK is to seize its golden opportunity to lead the world in carbon capture

The government is rightly pressing the urgency of the country’s energy security challenge. It is imperative we also use this as an opportunity to make large and purposeful strides towards our net zero obligations. In his recent letter to the oil and gas industry - 'Accelerating investment to protect Britain’s energy security' - Kwasi Kwarteng calls for the industry to “double down on investments in the clean energy transition”. Key to this is the acceleration of our home grown decarbonisation industry.


IR35 and legal consultants – what you need to know

The oil & gas industry was arguably worst hit by the IR35 changes, due to heavily relying on consultants, particularly lawyers. Understandably, some businesses are still unsure of how to manage IR35’s stipulations so they can access instant legal expertise, and ease pressure on in-house legal teams. But there is a way forward, which can minimise the impact IR35 has on businesses. Using freelance providers can ease a huge admin burden, but it’s important business understand their obligations too.


Chapter 2: What is systems thinking and why is it important?

Rather than seeking to simplify complex issues and problems by breaking them down into their component parts, systems thinking focuses more on the development of a holistic understanding as well as the relationships and interactions between elements within a system.


Strengthening resilience as we seek a balanced transition for our energy industry

The global response to the tragic invasion of Ukraine has underlined the importance of energy security and the need for responsible, clean and reliable sources of energy for our country: a balanced transition is key as we look to secure a bright future for our industry and its workforce.


Legal implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for the oil and gas sector

Before any discussion of how the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is impacting our sector, we must first acknowledge the devastating effects on the people of Ukraine of the indiscriminate shelling of civilian targets, the war crimes being perpetrated by Russian troops and the massive displacement of the population both within and beyond Ukraine, which is something most of us have never seen in Europe in our lifetimes, as well as the enormous courage and resilience of the Ukrainian nation. 


North America: enterprising, dynamic and opportunistic

My eldest son is an aerospace engineer and lives and works in Seattle on the US West coast.  He’s built a career in an industry which nowadays offers few opportunities in Scotland nor many in other parts of the UK.


ScotWind: From mega bucks to mega watts

Only six months ago, the spotlight of the world was firmly on COP26 in Glasgow as the defining moment for the world to keep ‘1.5 alive’. For a brief period, the world was united around a common goal to protect the planet from the worst impact of climate change.