UK on a mission
1 June 2004
The UK's revised national allocation plan for CO2 emissions caps under the European Emissions Trading Scheme is, in general, more lenient on UK industry than January's draft version was, eliciting sighs of relief from some businesses, including the offshore and refining sectors. However, other countries seem likely to give their industries an easier ride, which could damage UK competitiveness and undermine the scheme's contribution to climate-change mitigation. Tom Nicholls writes
Facing facts
1 February 2004
While power and gas traders have established a base camp in the foothills of the emissions learning curve, most oil traders are still unaware of the mountain they must climb before January 2005. Liz Bossley examines the significance of the European Emissions Trading Scheme for oil traders
A breath of fresh air
1 February 2004
Wind power is the fastest-growing sector of both the European and US electricity industries, according to a new report. With continuing government subsidies and technological advances the trend is set to continue, as countries target increased electricity generation from renewable sources. NJ Watson reports
New wind blows in US power
1 January 2003
The US has a reputation as a hydrocarbons guzzler, but wind-power projects are coming to the fore as the country looks to increase electricity supply from renewable sources, Anne Feltus reports
Lessons for Kyoto process
1 December 2002
While the Kyoto process inches forward and the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme awaits approval in detail by its member states, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme has been operating since April. Liz Bossley investigates the trading action in the UK two-thirds of the way through the first compliance period
Cleaning up their act
1 August 2002
In the search for reserves, oil companies are increasingly moving into highly sensitive areas – from environmental, political, economic and social perspectives. They are being told they must rectify the mistakes of the past, often in countries where, previously, there was an emphasis on production, with little attention paid to, or often local requirement for, observation of international standards of behaviour, writes Derek Bamber
The green challenge
1 August 2002
If the 20th century was the carbon age, there is an argument the 21st century will be the renewables era. For advocates of “green” energy sources, the millennium has started with unprecedented optimism and, in wind power, industrial growth on a scale never before witnessed, writes Dan Rigden
Majors accept green fate
1 August 2002
Oil companies take renewable energy and alternative fuels seriously. The involvement of the biggest players varies enormously, but all are, at the very least, keeping a “watching brief” on the subject and most are committed to significant research into hydrogen technology and fuel cells, writes Dan Rigden
Greenhouse apathy
1 June 2002
UK launches emissions trading scheme
1 February 2002
On 25 February 2002, the UK Department of Food Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) will be auctioning rights to share in a £215m fund to incentivise a cut in greenhouse gas emissions. Liz Bossley investigates
EU suffers from wind problems
1 October 2000
The EU’s proposal for a renewables directive is due for discussion during the next month. Whether the proposal qualifies as a directive, because of national price-support mechanisms, or that it may be in contravention of the Treaty of Rome, are issues for debate.
Looking for answers
1 June 2000
The heat is on
1 April 2000
The race is on to find new technologies to increase natural gas output and cut production costs to ensure the fuel remains competitive.