Signs of change from the oil giants?

Signs of change from the oil giants?

News from CEO – Mike Hopkins     

Well, it’s back with us and already disruptive. I was looking forward this week to catching up with a few members at Facilities Integrate but it was not to be. I never even got to the venue. We travel light for these events and the couple of banners can easily be set up in a few minutes on the day. So, when the alerts started coming through on Tuesday night all that was left was planning the escape back to Wellington. Our thoughts go out to all our friends and colleagues who’ve had to go back into lockdown along with the hope things don’t worsen. 
The demise of the oil industry is much mooted, often with little material change in practices from the major players. BP’s latest strategy announcements indicate there may be genuine signs of change. As well as announcing significant directional change, the pace of change is recognised as critical with 2030 being cited as a milestone year. The strategy indicates BP has already called a halt to hydrocarbon exploration in new countries and, by the end of the decade, is expecting to be producing 30-40% less oil and gas than it does now and to have increased tenfold its investment in low carbon energies. Public pressure, investor pressure and current low oil prices will all have had an influence but whatever the root cause, the fact remains the oil giants are writing down the value of their assets like never before. The strategy announcement coincided with a halving of BP’s dividend and yet was well received by investors. Despite the slashed dividend, the share price increased 7%. In short, there is a realisation these juggernauts need to change and a recognition they will be more financially sustainable when they do. Naturally, there was some small print around some of the more grandiose claims in the strategy but, nevertheless, it could be the beginning of some real change in acceptance, approach and action. Let’s hope so. 
The red brick is a common sight in many parts of the world and even has a group of well-established universities carrying the moniker as a signal of pride. Scientists from Washington University in St Louis (not one of the original Red Brick Universities, of course) have found another use for the common red brick – that of energy storage. Bricks are coated with a polymer which enables the favourite tool of the smash and grab merchant to store energy as an ion sponge. The red colouring of the bricks (from iron oxide) is essential for causing the reaction in the polymer. The researchers claim 50 bricks, charged by solar cells can power emergency lighting for five hours. We’ve seen a couple of fishy stories emerge this week. 

British scientists have warned warming oceans are threatening the British national dish of fish and chips with notable declines in the stock of several cold water fish species, most notably the Atlantic Cod. Better news for shellfish, though, as it seems offshore windfarms aren’t keeping lobsters awake at night. A six year study conducted during the build and operation of the Westermost Rough offshore windfarm has concluded there have been no discernible, negative impacts on population or catch of the crustaceans and, indeed, the population of younger lobsters seems to have increased. Excellent news for proponents of offshore wind farms for NZ and lovers of cray.

Finally this week, welcome to new members Shaun Morrow, Business Development at Mainfreight and Eleanor Trueman, Consultant at Truely Sustainable.Have a great and safe weekend.
Mike and the team

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