Opinion

Coronavirus

Covid-19: How can something so small be so big?

15/04/2020

It is amazing how fast things have changed. It is only a few months ago that I made my new year resolutions for 2020. Beaming with optimism and positive energy, I set out ambitious targets to ensure 2020 would be a year to remember.

Opinion

Rise of the cleantech pioneers

13/04/2020

It’s now 13 years since Al Gore won the best documentary Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth in which he warned of the stark perils of global warming. It’s also 13 years since John Doerr, the legendary billionaire venture capitalist, gave his famous Ted Talk in which he teared up as he warned about climate change and championed clean energy investment.

Opinion

Green energy scheme needs a shake-up

13/04/2020

Government consultations are 10-a-penny but a current one on amendments to the Contracts for Difference scheme, which subsidises renewable energy developments, is a potential game-changer in key respects.

Coronavirus

How we respond in a crisis defines us

10/04/2020

None of us have been in a situation remotely like this before. The rules and the facts are changing daily and it can be overwhelming to try to keep up with developments.

Opinion

Turning crisis into opportunity

09/04/2020

The deep and fundamental impact Covid-19 is having on the global economy is unprecedented, however, the shared global conviction to recover will be fast, and we expect that businesses which can pick up where they left off when things are safe will do so quickly.

Opinion

Forging the way ahead

07/04/2020

I’ve been in the industry a good few years and experienced its ups and downs but the sheer pace of change we’re currently seeing throughout the UK calls upon every ounce of the skills, expertise and determination our world-class supply chain has to offer.

Opinion

Can Aberdeen dodge another bullet?

06/04/2020

At the time of writing the oil price has slipped below $30 and I’ve already begun hearing of potential job losses, real job losses and project delays.

Opinion

Mitsubishi – Enabling greater use of renewables

06/04/2020

Hydrogen is building momentum as a key energy carrier in the global effort to reach net-zero CO₂ emissions by 2050.

Oil & Gas

Pain won’t last forever

06/04/2020

While some predicted it, most of us never saw it coming. The uncertainty and pace of change in the upstream sector over the past month has been spectacular and has turned businesses and our lives upside down.

Opinion

Oil and Gas: Holding your nerve?

03/04/2020

Investing in capital markets is, speculators aside, a long- term play. When times are good investors can relax and take pleasure in their investment prowess; when times are bad investors need to remind themselves, they are in for the long term, and play to the fundamentals.

Opinion

Upstream oil and gas in an uncertain world

26/03/2020

Green shoots in the oil and gas market predicted at the start of 2020 have fallen by the wayside. It was meant to be the year when the industry, particularly in Europe, got serious about ESG credentials and planning for a carbon free future.

Opinion

Net-zero energy: How oil and gas fits in

25/03/2020

‘Put a tiger in your tank.’ - The public face of oil and gas looks very different today from the end of the last century, when this popular slogan reappeared. In the past messaging has laid the blame for manmade climate change at the feet of the oil and gas sector.  As an industry we have never shied away from our responsibilities to operate, and that does not change today but there is drive and energy to ensure that we operate in a more sustainable manner. The UK’s 2050 commitment to net-zero carbon emissions will spur wider change, creating new sources of energy and new opportunities.

Coronavirus

Big Oil’s triple whammy

20/03/2020

It has become clear to me that the oil and gas industry is not just confronted by the perfect storm, rather it is the perfect hurricane.