The IBA Oil and Gas Law Committee is organising a conference on “Opportunities and Challenges for the Oil & Gas Business: from a North Sea and Atlantic Perspective” in Oslo from 22 to 24 June 2016. I will be on the panel discussing the Paris Agreement and its impact for the oil and gas business.
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I had the pleasure of chairing a great session on “Hot topics on gas supply arrangements” at the IBA’s Annual Conference in Vienna.
Interesting new provisional data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for 2013 show that driven by generation in non-OECD countries, electricity generated by coal reached its highest level yet at 9,613 TWh. This represents 41.1% of global electricity production. In the same year renewable electricity generation overtook natural gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide producing 22% of total electricity or 5,130 TWh. Global non-hydro renewable electricity also surpassed oil-fired generation for the first time ever in 2013, rising to 1,256 TWh or 5.4% of global electricity production.
Who’s Who Legal in July published its annual list of the world’s leading practitioners in the energy area for 2015. I am happy to report that I was again included in this list.
To facilitate the access to renewable energy patents and standards the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a new online platform, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform (INSPIRE). INSPIRE helps users search through, locate and analyse 400 international standards and more than 2 million patents for renewable energy technology.
The Foreign Office has published an English language brochure “Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany” that is intended to serve as a guide to better understand the Energiewende (energy transition) in Germany. It informs briefly about the goals of the Energiewende and provides helpful information on contact partners in politics, industry and society.
According to the “Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015” report recently published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany has the world’s largest installed capacity of solar energy. Germany’s share of solar of the worldwide installed capacity amounts to 21% followed by China with 16 % and Japan with 13 %.
Renewable energy auctions are increasingly becoming a policy tool of choice to support renewable energy deployment. They are meant to decrease costs, attract investment and drive global renewable energy deployment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on the occasion of the publication of a best-pratice guidebook on auctions. The guide provides case studies from around the world and guidelines for renewable energy tendering processes.
The leaders of the G7 countries who met for a summit at Schloss Elmau in Germany agreed on a global climate reduction goal for 2050 in preparation of the Climate Change Conference in December in Paris this year (COP21) and stressed the need to come to a to decarbonisation of the global economy over the course of the century.