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  • Oil platforms

    Will COVID-19 leave fuel-rich African countries gasping for breath?

    As coronavirus takes its toll on Africa’s oil and gas-reliant economies, Dr Fatima Denton asks if recovery could herald an era of bold new thinking on economic diversification to reduce reliance on natural resources

    27 April 2020 | Blog | Economics
  • An oil rig silhouetted at sunset

    Critical theme: The polluter elite, inequality and the ecological crisis

    Independent researcher Dario Kenner has spent years studying the ‘polluter elite’ and how they have blocked the transition to a green economy. At a discussion at IIED's headquarters on 22 July, he’ll show that their personal wealth and interest in maintaining the status quo opens new options for campaigns.

    17 June 2019 | Article | Energy
  • A fishing vessel is dwarfed by a crude oil tanker in Singapore harbour, illustrating the impact oil prices have on sustainable fisheries (Photo: Andrew Thomas, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Plunging oil prices: what happens to our oceans?

    Falling oil prices might be benefiting the UK economy, but are the world's fish stocks paying the price?

    15 February 2016 | Blog | Economics
  • Paris, January 2015: More than one million people march against terrorism (Photo: Olivier Ortelpa, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Rushing into a new year

    In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, IIED director Camilla Toulmin looks at the promises and challenges for the year ahead

    13 January 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A view from Australia as the moon blocks out the sun in 2002. Now, Australia's decision to pledge $166 million USD to the Green Climate Fund means light is again on the horizon (Photo: NASA/ESA)

    Will climate pledge lead to Australia 'keeping coal in the hole'?

    As the high-level section of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) gathers pace in Lima, delegates warmly received the news that Australia has pledged US$166 million to the Green Climate Fund

    10 December 2014 | News | Climate change
  • The sun glints on smoke above Beijing. China is on course to see overall coal consumption peak this year (Photo; GadgetDan via Creative Commons)

    If the coal industry really cared about helping poor countries, it would shut itself down

    Coal companies are in complete denial — the developing world doesn't need more pollution or expensive new grids, but renewable energy sources

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • More than 300,000 marched in New York to call for action on climate change (Photo: John Minchillo)

    People power applies climate pressure

    People around the world are putting increasing pressure on world leaders to take action on climate change, as demonstrated by this week’s climate march in New York

    23 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Cover image from EITI and sustainable development: Lessons and new challenges for the Caspian region

    Study shows how to improve Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    An international effort to ensure good governance of natural resources could do more to improve accountability and sustainability, according to research in the oil- and gas-rich Caspian Sea Region that IIED has published today.

    14 March 2013 | News | Energy
  • Privatising Nigeria’s power sector

    After a week of protests, the Nigerian government has partly backed down on proposed fuel subsidies while achieving a partial increase in fuel prices. With the privatisation of the power sector set to start in earnest this year, how will the power reforms, which also require substantial increases in electricity prices or a hefty subsidy, play out?

    27 January 2012 | Blog | Energy
  • Nigerian subsidy crisis shows the road to a green economy isn’t smooth

    The photos coming out of Nigeria over the last two weeks speak for themselves.

    17 January 2012 | Blog | Green economy
  • A new President: what does this mean for Bulgaria’s energy sector?

    On 23 January 2012, Bulgaria’s new President, Rosen Plevneliev, will start his new job.

    17 January 2012 | Blog | Energy
  • Bloggers: Have you joined a virtuous circle yet?

    “It is a call for a fundamental reorientation of how societies work and govern themselves.” That’s what one blogger Jeff Kelly Lowenstein has said about IIED’s new book Virtuous Circles: Values, systems and sustainability by Andy Jones, Michel Pimbert and Janice Jiggins. Launched two weeks ago, we asked you to tell us what you thought. Thanks to those of you who have blogged already – and if you haven’t, it’s not too late. 

    7 December 2011 | Blog | Energy
  • Report flags progress and pitfalls in Uganda's energy sector

    Uganda’s energy sector has made significant progress but faces serious challenges, according to a report that will be published on 1 December by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and launched at a press conference in Kampala.

    2 December 2011 | News | Energy
  • Calling all bloggers: Join a virtuous circle

    We need to talk about ketchup. We all love the red stuff. But we really need to talk about it. Analysis of the steps involved in processing ketchup – from farming the tomatoes through to packaging – to transporting and retailing that symbol of American mass consumerism reveals an alarming fact. To produce it requires a mind-boggling 150 separate processes, across several continents, according to research cited in a new book by the International Institute for Environment and Development. 

    22 November 2011 | Blog | Energy
  • Deepwater Horizon one year on: what has the oil industry learned?

    A year ago today, the oil industry was shaken by a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig, 1500 metres deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil. BP’s bill – over US$8 billion to date – is expected to reach US$32 billion after all damage claims have been made.BP wasn’t solely responsible for the spill. BP’s contractors were also held to task, including Transocean, the rig owner; Halliburton, who did the cement job; and Cameron International, who built the blowout preventer. The incident highlighted the complexity – and vulnerability – of today’s oil and gas contracting arrangements.IIED’s new report Shared value, shared responsibility: a new approach to managing oil and gas contracting chains argues that a shift in industry culture is required to manage the challenges posed by complex chains of oil and gas contractors in increasingly risk-laden environments.

    20 April 2011 | Blog | Energy
  • Is Iran sleepwalking towards a universal income grant?

    Almost unnoticed by the world, Iran has moved towards the adoption of a basic income grant to distribute money from its oil industry directly to its citizens. This could be a good example of how distorting fossil fuel subsidies used in many developing countries could be repealed without adversely impacting upon the poor. Furthermore, the outcomes of this policy could have a wider impact on the way rents from natural resources are used - allowing households to choose how to spend profits from resource extraction.

    2 December 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Managing risks and opportunities in oil and gas industry contracting chains

    In this project we investigated the relationships between multinational oil and gas companies and their local contractors. We focused on the environmental and social performance of local contractors and the ways in which multinational oil and gas companies can ensure that sustainable development principles are adhered to along the supply chain.

    1 October 2010 | Project | Energy
  • Governance of oil and gas contracts in Kazakhstan

    This project aimed to enhance the stability of the oil and gas investment climate in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The project identified critical issues and developed policy recommendations for increasing long-term investment stability in the oil and gas sector in Kazakhstan

    23 September 2010 | Project | Energy
  • Politics, sustainable energy security and the South

    2 September 2010 | Blog | Energy
  • Blunt instruments, crude addictions

    It’s one of the more ironic twists to the Deepwater Horizon tale. Just a few hours before the US Attorney General announced that a criminal investigation was to be brought against British Petroleum, Transoceana, and Halliburton for their roles in the Deepwater Horizon oil spillage, President Barack Obama met with his Peruvian counterpart, Alan Garcia.

    8 June 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • The marriage of an unlikely couple - carbon trading and non-resource extraction - and all in the context of a recession

    According to conventional wisdom, there probably never was a great time to pay an unpredictable Latin American country with a doubtful debt

    18 January 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Energy and sustainable development

    The world is facing an energy crisis with major global and local implications. Energy issues need to be addressed holistically, based on integrated models and approaches and involving multiple stakeholders. IIED's work on energy currently focuses on two key areas: governance of large-scale energy sector development (oil, gas, biofuels); and models for delivery of sustainable decentralised energy services.

    30 September 2008 | Article | Energy
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