Nuclear Renaissance: Too Late or Just in Time?

Policymakers, C-Suite holders, multinational companies, and countries are all working towards a future in which they abandon the non-renewable energy sources that emit huge amounts of CO2, notwithstanding the caution that must be taken when approaching this topic. However, this fight against climate change is not sustainable if it does not generate enough shareholder value or furthers a budget deficit for the ruling government seeking re-election.

The world already has a solution. We have an already proven and implementable efficient next best energy source: Nuclear.

From Crisis to Power Play: The EU’s Energy Struggle in a Shifting World

Among its many objectives, a primary goal of the European Commission is to ensure energy security across Europe. This encompasses not just the secure and diversified supply and storage of gas, oil, and electricity, but also entails the common procurement of resources and effective management in times of crisis and political instability. Recent challenges, notably the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have exacerbated these issues. These events have led to a surge in energy prices and have made the supply chain on which the European Union relies on increasingly fragile.

The West Weakens Itself in Pursuit of Unreasonable Climate Policies

On the nature of policymaking, Thomas Sowell, a prominent American intellectual, once claimed that “there are no solutions, only tradeoffs.” With brevity, Dr. Sowell revealed a truth that many climate policymakers have forgotten. In a monomaniacal pursuit to reduce carbon emissions, the West risks implementing unreasonable policies that could ultimately weaken itself in an increasingly dangerous world. 

The Black Fleet: An Introduction to Shipping Sanctioned Oil in 2023

It has been precisely 371 days since a G7 oil cap took effect limiting the price levels at which Russian oil could be bought and sold in the world’s largest economies, finally agreeing in the fifth of December in 2022 on measures designed to punish Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine and to cripple an industry that fuels the Russian war effort in Ukraine. But, widely discussed is the efficiency of achieving these goals themselves.

Unveiling the Future: Understanding CCS Technology and Its Crucial Role in Mitigating Climate Change

In the relentless pursuit of sustainable solutions to combat climate change, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology emerges as a potential game-changer. CCS tackles the critical issue of CO2 emissions, a major contributor to the planet’s rising temperatures, as global energy-related CO2 emissions reached a new high of over 36.8 Gt in 2022. 
The essence of CCS lies in its ability to intercept CO2 before it exacerbates the greenhouse effect, a feat with profound implications for climate change mitigation. 
This article navigates through the intricacies of CCS, unraveling the mechanisms that make it a frontrunner in the fight against global warming, with the possibilities it opens as well as the challenges to make it a scalable technology.

The war in Gaza, oil prices and the global economy

Since Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7th and the subsequent land incursions of the Jewish State in the Gaza Strip, the war in the Middle East, which cost the life to many, has been at the centre of the geopolitical scene. After almost two months of bloody combat, we take a step back and try to answer questions about the consequences of that fatal day. Our focus will particularly be on the oil market, how oil prices have changed and might change in the near future and why this is of interest to the global economy.

Europe’s Quest for EV Battery Independence: Challenges and Opportunities in Reducing Reliance on East Asian Suppliers

The technological revolution in electric vehicles has provided a rare opportunity for some East Asian countries to overtake certain traditional European automotive powerhouses in the past. However, considering the current situation where East Asian suppliers almost dominate one of the core markets in the electric vehicles era, namely electric vehicle (EV) batteries, Europe is rapidly strategising to develop its domestic EV battery industry. Leveraging various technological advantages accumulated during the era of internal combustion engines and necessary policy support, Europe seeks to regain at least autonomy in the domestic EV battery production and endeavours to participate in the future global competition within the EV battery sector.

War: A nightmare for the global supply chain

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has affected the global logistics market on every level. This continuous war has led to an increase in prices of several commodities, affecting the international market. Commodities and industrial inputs, everything from wheat and oil to palladium and nickel, have been disrupted and prices have climbed. Transportation costs are increasing too. What is going to happen to the investor confidence and market volatility? To what extent will the energy crisis keep affecting us? In this brief article, we will examine the short-term and long-term implications for supply-chain operations and how this war-provoked crisis could keep on impacting supply-chain management.

Another mistake that Venezuela cannot afford to make

María Corina Machado, former member of the National Assembly[1], triumphed in the internal primary of Unitary Platform, an alliance of opposition parties, gaining over 90% of the votes[2]. She was ready to challenge Maduro in the 2024 elections. However, the Venezuelan Supreme Court unexpectedly decided to suspend the result of the recent opposition primary. This verdict of the Venezuelan Supreme Court surprised international analysts, since it came just few days after the U.S decided to lift sanctions on Venezuelan oil (PdVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company) and gas industry, as well as on Minerven, the Venezuelan state-owned gold mining company. 

Ammonia: The Fuel of the Future

Overall control and reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions of the maritime industry, regulated by the IMO (International Maritime Organization), encourage the development of low-carbon or carbon-neutral fuels. During the past years, such efforts have resulted in the increasing adaptability of a number of green fuel solutions that aim for better sustainability, and efficiency and encourage innovation. The most commonly used alternative fuels are Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), hydrogen (H2), ammonia (NH3), methanol (CH3OH), and biofuels.