Carbon Offsets grow in importance as producers target net-zero

(Published in Wiley’s Oil and Energy Trends in August 2021.) One of the most controversial areas of energy transition plans are carbon offsets, which enable – on paper at least – companies to meet net zero targets by capturing or avoiding emissions elsewhere, while continuing to use, produce and sell oil and gas. Some environmentalists … Read moreCarbon Offsets grow in importance as producers target net-zero

Latest on carbon pricing (two articles)

First published in June 2021 by ABHA Foundation (https://www.abhafoundation.org/) Carbon pricing gains traction Around the world, climate change policies are tightening, and carbon pricing [JS1] is playing a big part of that. Once carbon pricing systems are in place, countries can apply pressure to emitters at will – representing the stick part of any energy transition policy, alongside … Read moreLatest on carbon pricing (two articles)

Series of three articles on European wind energy 2019-2020.

First published at Inframation online (Mergermarket/Acuris) – behind paywall https://www.inframationnews.com/search/?q=jeremy+bowden. First article on UK offshore wind awards/second on inclusion of onshore wind in UK CfDs and third on rising German wind prices. Record low awards helped by keen investors (written for Inframation/Mergermarket/Acuris 09/20, unedited) The price of power from offshore wind keeps coming down, but … Read moreSeries of three articles on European wind energy 2019-2020.

Series of three articles on Hydrogen, and how it can get us to zero-carbon energy systems by 2050

(Ghost-written for senior engineering staff at Mott MacDonald) Links to first two: https://www.mottmac.com/views/hydrogen-the-key-to-a-zero-carbon-energy-system https://www.mottmac.com/views/getting-the-hydrogen-show-on-the-road Third is not yet published – unedited version below. 3. Cost, economics and speed to market maturity Essentially, the heavy lifting is done in terms of getting cheap renewable wind and solar power, which is the raw material for hydrogen, along … Read moreSeries of three articles on Hydrogen, and how it can get us to zero-carbon energy systems by 2050

Interview with Dr Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director Internal Energy Market at the European Commission.

(First published Gas Strategies December 2018 – illustrates EU’s growing support for hydrogen) Q. Recently you have been outlining a decarbonisation plan for Europe that involves gas both as a transition fuel and a destination fuel. Can you briefly explain the plan? A. Yes, of course. It’s useful in transition because as we expand renewable … Read moreInterview with Dr Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director Internal Energy Market at the European Commission.

Sustainable shipping targets and how to get there

Sustainable shipping With COP24 in Poland this December, climate change remains high on the agenda, and that includes emissions from shipping.  (First published in EIC’s Energy Focus 12’18). International trade relies on shipping for about 90% of its freight transport, generating about 3% of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Despite technological improvements, emissions continue to increase as trade increases. So … Read moreSustainable shipping targets and how to get there

Viewpoint: Gender equality in parenting remains a long way off

Published in The Journalist (hence the lead paragraph) Aug ’18 I have been a lone parent since 2008 when my son was two, and a successful freelance journalist for the last eight years. The childcare commitment has made some aspects of journalism tricky, including conferences and trips of any length, restricting me largely to home-based … Read moreViewpoint: Gender equality in parenting remains a long way off

Hydrogen cheapest option to decarbonise heating system 

NW England hydrogen plant to use natural gas as feedstock, depleted fields for CCS A major hydrogen plant designed to replace natural gas supply to industry and residential consumers in the northwest of England has come a step closer and appears to have backing from all levels of government. If successful, it could be the … Read moreHydrogen cheapest option to decarbonise heating system 

Link to quarterly report for McKinseys

This is one of the quarterly reports I write on behalf of the Mckinseys OFS team. I’m responsible for the content, part of which is based on McKinsey data. I also write and edit material for McKinseys Energy Insights on a regular basis. https://www.mckinseyenergyinsights.com/insights/ofs-quarterly-recovery-gains-pace/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=sector_Recovery%20gains%20pace_121417