"There is no organisation in the world like The Crown Estate", according to its own website. And who could disagree?
Sir Ian Wood said yesterday that besides maximising recovery of North Sea reserves and taking advantage of international oil and gas opportunities, the north-east must begin to stake its claim in the new energy industries.
The boss of ScottishPower said in Aberdeen last night that, 35 years on from first North Sea oil a new chapter could be opening with carbon capture and storage (CCS).
I wrote last month's column in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. I was politely optimistic about it but, in reality, I feared it would be a failure, and it proved to be worse than even I expected.
The pre-Budget report revealed that the UK Government would double the commitment to carbon capture and storage (CCS) and support four projects phased from 2014-18.
It was great to see All-Energy at Aberdeen's exhibition centre absolutely booming. As a veteran of these events, from the kick-off in 2001, I had the real sense of an industry which is on the verge of something big.
Nearly 4,000 people attended the opening day of Britain's largest renewable-energy exhibition and conference in Aberdeen.
DET Norske Veritas (DNV) has been chosen by the European Commission to facilitate a process to shorten the time from policy-making to industry implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at a conference in Edinburgh entitled Powering Scotland, which took a serious look at whether or not the provisions are in place to keep the lights on over the next decade or so.
As the push to control carbon emissions intensifies so the number of oil&gas people engaging in the battle grows. One such person is Tom Baxter, unit director of Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants in Aberdeen.
The importance of meeting future world energy demands and, at the same time, reducing carbon footprint is moving further up the global agenda. And to meet these challenges will involve a great deal of creativity from both our industries and our wealth creators.