Retired BP executive, one the UK’s most eminent geologists, suggests The Carbon War is over

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Dr Bryan Lovell is these days a Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.  In the April 2018 issue of Petroleum Review, published by the Energy Institute, he wrote a fascinating article reviewing the state of play in the oil industry, as he sees it, regarding what I have called in my books and other writings “The Carbon War.” Bryan concludes as follows: “I suggest that the carbon war is over. In the ensuing peace, we will rely on the skills of industry to find the resources we need – and to help its customers use those resources wisely. Through our choice of investment, we will support... read more...


2018 Q1: An eclectic chronology in pictures and charts of developments in climate, energy, tech and the future of civilisation

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History and future of the global energy transition – full 30 minute presentation at Making Solar Bankable 2018 on video

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A good news story at SolarAid / status report on ‘The Test’

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Brave Mhonie has worked for SolarAid in Malawi for 10 years, through good times and bad, working his way up to be national director of our non-profit retail brand, SunnyMoney. In gratitude we part-paid for him to achieve a dream of his: a qualification from a top European business school. He has now been awarded his Diploma in Advanced Studies in Renewable Energy Management from the University of St Gallen.

In an e-mail to the team in London, letting them know of his success, Brave said: “Thank you for the powerful gift of knowledge that you have given me. Through the programme, I have gained valuable experience which will help... read more...


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The oil industry and the global energy transition: presentation to Big Oil shareholders

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On February 21st shareholder activist group Follow This partnered with Principles for Responsible Investment and Share Action to hold a seminar for investors in the City of London entitled ‘How can investors help oil majors to commit to Paris’. The presentations and discussion were off the record, but I am happy to make my presentation public.

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History and future of the global energy transition – 1 minute summary of presentation at Making Solar Bankable 2018

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History and future of the global energy transition 2016 – 2017 in pictures and charts

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This presentation, to accompany the publication of the updated edition of The Winning of The Carbon War, is easily downloadable on Slideshare here.

Or as powerpoints, in 3 parts:

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

The powerpoint slides contain source urls in the notes. The book does not have embedded urls, so hopefully this is a useful additional resource.

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The current crop of oil and gas company investments and acquisitions in clean energy: a quick Q & A

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Picture: BP advertising, 2000.

Q: Are they actually committed to diversifying beyond oil and gas this time, or is this just a fresh round of greenwash?

A: All this is beyond greenwash, but far short of retreat consistent with the Paris Agreement – the oil and gas companies and are essentially taking out hedge bets: a halfway house between blind adherence to incumbent business models... read more...


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The chronicle which accompanies The Winning of The Carbon War

Latest interviews, presentations, videos and Tweets

Selected interviews:

My hopes for the great global energy transition, and thoughts on the UK state of play: Interview for Impact4All


Q: How do you feel about the developments at the One Planet Summit in Paris? Was it enough? It wasn’t enough to hit the ultimate Paris Agreement targets, but enough to keep those targets in play. I very much enjoyed the flurry of financial-sector announcements at the summit. If the… Read-moreScreenshot 2018-01-14 08.52.27

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Selected presentations:

2018 Q1: An eclectic chronology in pictures and charts of developments in climate, energy, tech and the future of civilisation


Things are moving so fast. Most of us are so busy. This slide show offers one person’s precis-for-the-busy of the first three months of 2018 in the related dramas of climate change, energy transition, big tech and the future of civilisation. I hope it is useful. Powerpoint versions, with source… Read-moreScreenshot 2018-04-04 05.49.48

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History and future of the global energy transition – full 30 minute presentation at Making Solar Bankable 2018 on video


Keynote presentation delivered in Amsterdam 15the February 2018. See the longer version of this powerpoint, “History and future of the global energy transition 2016 – 2017 in pictures and charts”, including source urls posted as notes.… Read-more180215 Audience at Solarplaza

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