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Dick Winchester

Opinion

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.

Opinion

ESG factors must lead to energy transformation

The war in Ukraine has jolted European politicians into finally understanding that overdependence on imported energy can carry extreme risks. What they haven’t understand yet though is that you can’t just turn off one set of taps and turn on another.

Opinion

Normalising Hydrogen is already a thing in Europe

There are those that only talk about Net Zero – the “talkers”, those that are forever preparing Net Zero plans and studies – the “ditherers”, and those who are really getting on with implementing genuine Net Zero – the “doers”.

Opinion

ScotWind: First mover advantage is pointless if you’re not actually first

I’m a little bemused.  Inevitably the ScotWind lease awards were going to trigger all sorts of claims about how the Scottish offshore wind supply chain will gain from this huge project, but nobody seems prepared to explain exactly how this will happen given that we don’t actually have a supply chain of any note particularly when it comes to the high value hardware.

Opinion

Let’s have some real ambition, please

Building an additional 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 is an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle that makes up Scotland’s plans to try to reach Net Zero.  ScotWind will be ground-breaking both in terms of size and opportunity.

Opinion

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.

Opinion

Will COP26 provide inspiration and trigger ambition?

The United Nations climate change conference which is to be held in Glasgow in November should be a source of inspiration and an opportunity for Scottish industry to showcase its Net Zero manufacturing supply chain.

Opinion

Work harder for next generation on climate change

The Aberdeen-based Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is setting up a unit called the Net Zero Solution Centre with the aim of “accelerating technologies and their deployment” and helping turn the UKCS into the world’s first net-zero carbon basin.

Opinion

Climate change report slips up on technicalities

If you’ve read the report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) entitled “Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming” then I hope you’re both as impressed with it as I am, but also horrified.