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North Sea’s future biodiversity relies on decommissioning decisions

The North Sea is at a turning point. Hundreds of rigs and their associated marine infrastructure are set to be decommissioned. Oil and gas platforms will begin to move out, and infrastructure for offshore renewable energy will move in.


Confirmation of nuclear as environmentally sustainable removes uncertainty – now to build confidence

In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor confirmed nuclear as “environmentally sustainable” removing an element of uncertainty which will enable the UK to plan and finance nuclear energy infrastructure in the long term. However, building confidence in technology and equipment will be key for the UK Government in delivering new nuclear power generation.


Hydrogen storage – new approaches required

It’s clear that hydrogen produced from renewable energy will play an important role in supporting our transition away from fossil fuels to a low carbon energy system.


Geothermal Energy and its role in the Energy Transition

Transitioning to a sustainable energy future requires the increased and widespread use of renewable energy sources like geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, wind, and bioenergy. While each renewable energy source competes for market share, a coordinated effort from all renewables is required to meet carbon neutrality objectives.


Making mental health a priority

This month, millions of people around the world observed World Mental Health Day, supporting its 2022 theme of making mental health for all a global priority.


Protecting today to secure tomorrow

Cyber Security is one of the fastest evolving concerns for the world when it comes to protecting technology and people.

Renewables/Energy Transition

OPINION: Geothermal in the UK

Unlike water or gas, in the UK geothermal energy is not recognised by law as a natural resource. Bespoke regulatory systems, licensing and management are urgently needed along with government support to develop the UK’s geothermal sector, writes Dr Corinna Abesser of the British Geological Survey.


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.


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.


Big Oil and King Coal at COP26

Cut it whichever way you like, little genuine forward progress was made at COP26, in my opinion.  At best the outcomes are fragile.


The conversation we’re not having…

A short time ago, I was at an event in Brussels, talking about the role of natural gas. And there was a gentleman there who didn’t want to engage with our industry at all. At one point he asked me if I was ashamed of my work and said that talking about the future of gas was just our industry looking for a lifeline. He is just one person who sees gas as a problematic energy source. Sadly, he is one of many.


Embrace hydrogen to achieve net zero

Large-scale hydrogen storage can enable the rise of renewables while bringing benefits to local authorities, transport companies and electricity suppliers.