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There may be a price problem with Electric Cars

By Barney Smith Up ‘til now, it has been possible to believe that the move to electric cars would occur relatively smoothly; the British Government had decided that no new cars could be sold after 2030 if they were powered by either petrol or diesel and a veritable barrage of advertising was unleashed, extoling the [...]

By |2023-01-20T09:58:43+00:00January 20th, 2023|Transport|Comments Off on There may be a price problem with Electric Cars

First Steps in de-carbonising Aviation

By Barney Smith Aviation is one of the hardest sectors to de-carbonise and without urgent action it could be one of the highest-emitting sectors for greenhouse gases by 2050. According to the Dept. of Transport, a British-led consortium comprising (at least) Virgin Atlantic, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Imperial College, London, the University of Sheffield, the Rocky Mountain [...]

By |2023-01-03T17:25:54+00:00January 3rd, 2023|Transport|Comments Off on First Steps in de-carbonising Aviation

Cop 27 What has changed?

By Barney Smith As Cop 27 drains away, it becomes all too clear that nothing much has changed since Cop 26. Apart that is, from an “Historic” commitment at the very end of the meeting to establish a fund to help pay for adaptation. (to cope with the damage to the world already caused). This [...]

By |2022-12-11T09:52:28+00:00December 8th, 2022|General|Comments Off on Cop 27 What has changed?

BP to acquire Archaea, and thus expand in Bioenergy

By Barney Smith On 17 October, BP announced that, subject to regulation, they have agreed to purchase Archaea, a top American producer of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), which already has some fifty RNG and landfill gas-to-energy sites across the US. Under the agreement, BP will pay some three point three billion dollars for Archaea, together [...]

By |2022-11-08T08:28:35+00:00November 8th, 2022|Bioenergy|Comments Off on BP to acquire Archaea, and thus expand in Bioenergy

Where are we on Fracking?

By Barney Smith Fracking is by no means a recently discovered technique: it has been used successfully in the US since 1947. It involves injecting water, sand and chemicals at very high speed to smash open shale rock underground and release the oil and gas it contains. Since 1947, over 1.7 million wells have been [...]

By |2022-10-18T08:54:41+00:00October 18th, 2022|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Where are we on Fracking?

Choppy Ride for TotalEnergies

By Barney Smith It cannot have been much fun. The authoritative French newspaper, Le Monde, in the edition of 25 August had an editorial, as well as two pages inside and the front page headline, all saying essentially the same thing, TotalEnergies’ Gas is fueling Russian Bombers in Ukraine. The front page headline makes the [...]

By |2022-09-09T19:09:59+00:00September 6th, 2022|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Choppy Ride for TotalEnergies

What is to be done about the dramatically raised energy costs which reflect the huge Oil and Gas Profits reported for Q2?

By Barney Smith The world-wide price for Oil and Gas has gone up a lot in the last year. The almost inevitable effect on Shell, the largest European Oil and Gas producer, and BP, the other, slightly smaller, British major is huge, almost too huge, profits. For it is the world-wide price which has been [...]

By |2022-08-19T08:12:49+00:00August 16th, 2022|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on What is to be done about the dramatically raised energy costs which reflect the huge Oil and Gas Profits reported for Q2?

BP Annual Statistical Review for 2021

By Barney Smith The 71st BP Annual Statistical Survey was released in mid-year, as last year. It is important to be clear that the BP Statistical Survey is not a single company’s forecast of how the situation might be, it is rather the best available cumulative “snapshot” of 2021 and how its prospects and challenges [...]

By |2022-07-15T17:01:07+00:00July 14th, 2022|General|Comments Off on BP Annual Statistical Review for 2021

The Twelve Months of 2021 Was The Best Year Ever for Offshore Wind according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

By Barney Smith On 29 June 2022, the Global Wind Energy Council(GWEC) released its latest Annual Offshore Wind Report. Inter-alia, it chronicles the growing disparity between the considerable improvements in off- shore wind during the year (2021 was actually the best year ever) and the demands of those who would rather measure the world’s reaction [...]

By |2022-07-10T13:20:19+00:00July 7th, 2022|Features|Comments Off on The Twelve Months of 2021 Was The Best Year Ever for Offshore Wind according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Electric Vehicles in the UK

By Barney Smith We are told that electric vehicles form a greater and greater percentage of the motor fleet in the UK and that this “proves” that the electric revolution is unavoidable and inevitable. The electric revolution may indeed turn out to be inevitable. But the trend towards electric vehicles needs to be kept in [...]

By |2022-06-29T07:45:42+00:00June 29th, 2022|Transport|Comments Off on Electric Vehicles in the UK
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