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UN Climate Summit: Could Rising Seas and Coastal Flooding Give Rise to New Legal Category?

Recently the international community descended on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly’s 69th annual high-level meetings and general debate. For the first time in UN history climate change tops the agenda. In remarks at the Climate...

Posted September 30, 2014    

Sustainability and the Concept of a 'Circular Economy'

In an article for the World Economic Forum blog, Leo Schlesinger – CEO of MASISA México – makes the argument for the concept of a regenerative ‘circular economy’. This concept would basically embed sustainability firmly within society and...

Posted September 29, 2014    

Importance of Energy Sector Divestments in a Climate-Change-Driven Environment

In light of a marked increase in the number of gas divestments taking place in the Canadian oil and gas sector, Ernst & Young recently looked at a number of forces that are driving companies to shed assets thereby identifying four...

Posted September 26, 2014    

Do Smart Phones Hold Key to Reducing Energy Poverty in Developing Countries?

A new study commissioned by the United Nations revised its global population projection upward to 13.2 billion people by 2100 – including billions of new middle-class consumers. According to Germany’s Spiegel Online, the study’s lead...

Posted September 25, 2014    

Will Floating LNG Mark a Crucial Milestone in Future Offshore Global Gas Development? 

Back in 2011, Shell took the final investment decision (FID) on its Prelude FLNG project and started having a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal built in South Korea in order to produce and export LNG from the so-called Browse Basin,...

Posted September 17, 2014    

Data Avalanche and the 'Great Crew Change' in the Oil and Gas Industry

In an August article for McKinsey Insights the authors – Stefano Martinotti, Jim Nolten, and Jens Arne Steinsbø – write that “the rapid progress of technology such as big data and analytics, sensors, and control systems offers oil and gas companies...

Posted September 11, 2014    

Pioneers in 2015: Companies in the Energy and Clean Tech Space

Out of hundreds of submitted applications the World Economic Forum selects each year about 30 companies in what is a rigorous process. “Since 2000, around 600 innovative companies [see here] from five continents have been selected as Technology...

Posted September 2, 2014    

Climate Change-Related Risks and Costs Exist Today

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) states on its homepage that it “provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information – holding the largest collection globally of primary...

Posted August 25, 2014    

The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade. Most...

Posted August 22, 2014    

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

A new ‘Zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first...

Posted August 21, 2014    

Emissions Reduction: Siemens to Test eHighway Concept for Heavy-Duty Trucks in California

Germany’s Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, appears to have received approval from California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), one of five units within the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to built a...

Posted August 11, 2014    

'Germany, Want to Rid Yourself of Russian Gas? Turbo-Charge the Energiewende!'

Last week, the US and the EU hit Russia with a new sanctions regime in order to punish its continued meddling in destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. The economic restrictions are dubbed ‘Stage Three’ sanctions, indicating the increased level of severity...

Posted August 7, 2014