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16 May 2022
 
Posted by Yves Muyange

Discoveries of natural gas have occurred in a number of sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, bringing enthusiasm and hopes for economic growth that addresses the energy deficit and limited access to electricity while lowering costs and carbon emissions. Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania are among those countries.

In the developed world, natural gas has proven to be a vital energy resource and increasingly gained traction as an energy transition fuel to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and other gases that contribute to climate pollution.

23 March 2022
 
Posted by Samuele Furfari

An interview with ESCP Visiting Professor Samuele Furfari, a former long-time senior official at the Energy Directorate-General of the European Commission.

In 2000, the European Commission published a green paper titled «Towards a European strategy for the security of energy supply». Professor Samuele Furfari, who served for a long time at the European Commission’s energy department, was in charge of communicating the recommendations of this strategy. The aim of this was to make sure that the European Union, which is heavily dependent on imported energy, would nevertheless ensure its security of supply.

07 December 2021
 
Posted by Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh

Not a day passes without claims being made by experts, analysts and organisations prominent among them the International Energy Agency (IEA) about climate change, global energy transition, net-zero emissions, peak oil demand and the end of oil.

However, the global economy can neither take such claims nor can it fulfil them. And contrary to these claims, oil will continue to drive the global economy throughout the 21st century and probably far beyond underpinned by both rising world population and growing global economy.

11 August 2021
 
Posted by Dr Georgia Makridou

Sustainability is on the cusp of an evolutionary leap. Companies all over the world are beginning to explore more sustainable ways of doing business, primarily due to the global climate emergency. They consider their long-term impact on the local environment, society, and the economy and ask whether their business makes a positive contribution. Becoming more sustainable may not be easy at first, but business sustainability is more an opportunity than a threat. The challenge is well worth the reward since there is no long-term trade-off between sustainability and financial value creation. Sustainable companies will be more resilient and create an enduring impact.

This article looks at the value of sustainability to business. First, it discusses the benefits as well as key strategies and challenges to increasing sustainability in business. Second, the link between energy efficiency and sustainability is examined. The business plan of the world's most sustainable energy companies is analysed, focusing on the lessons energy businesses can learn to become more sustainable.

27 May 2021
 
Posted by Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh

On the 1st of November 2021, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’, is scheduled to be held in the City of Glasgow from 1-12 November under the presidency of the United Kingdom.

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

During COP21 which took place in Paris in 2015 the Paris Climate Change Agreement was born. For the first time ever, something momentous happened: every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and to make money available to deliver on these aims.

09 April 2021
 
Posted by John Valentino

Part 3: Energy Security

Last month, I posted the second of a few articles that will consider the responsible integration of renewable and nuclear generation to foster economic, social, and environmental improvements for developing countries in the mid to long term. The first article focused on economic expansion and the second article discussed possible socio-economic impacts. In this third article, the discussion will shift towards energy security, which continues to have major global ramifications as it has for hundreds of years.

The concept of energy security has different meanings to different groups and people. Bearing that in mind, it can be challenging to make meaningful comparisons and conclusions when circumstances can vary so widely from place-to-place and region-to-region. By using data from the World Energy Council, the goal will be to consider energy security from three key perspectives that can likely impact decision-making at the national and regional level. 

08 April 2021
 
Posted by Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh

The Suez Canal hit the news on Tuesday 23 March 2021 when a mammoth container ship, the 224,000-ton ‘Ever Given’ ran aground in the canal after 40-knot winds and a sandstorm may have caused low visibility and poor navigation. The ship has lodged itself across the waterway (see Photo 1).

24 March 2021
 
Posted by John Valentino

Part 2: Social Impacts and Implications

Last month, I posted the first of a few articles that will consider the responsible integration of renewable and nuclear generation to foster economic, social, and security improvements. The first article can be found here.  In this second article, I wanted to shift towards the positive social implications from expanding generation assets in a responsible manner to support not just the aforementioned economic development but also long-term social benefits.


For developing countries (especially in Africa and Asia), central planning organizations have the perfect opportunity to develop long-range plans for key infrastructure expansion (notably in the energy sector) while simultaneously improving the quality of life for their citizens. Creating an effective long-term and fiscally responsible diversified energy plan using wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear power can help improve their social and education systems and support their development needs with the latest technology advances driving modern life in the 21st century. 

Research & Publications
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Basundhara Dutta
EMC Working Papers

In order to reach net zero emissions, do we alter the electricity infrastructure to increase electric vehicle market penetration or promote the adoption of electric vehicles?

The Paris Agreement at COP21 highlighted that, despite the reductions in carbon emissions recorded in other sectors, in the transport sector they have steadily increased, trending toward a 50% increase by 2030. Globally, the transport sector is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels, accounting for around 17% of the world’s emissions. Thus, the topic of electric vehicles (EVs) has been the focal point of discussions in decarbonising the sector. However, there have been many critiques of the plausibility of transitioning to EVs and whether we should, (1) change the electricity generation grid, or (2) facilitate the transition to EVs by dismissing the emissions of the unchanged electricity generation mix. Will the transition be of environmental benefit? And what comes first: introducing large-scale EV adoption to facilitate decarbonisation through fiscal policies, or changing the infrastructure to stimulate the adoption of electric vehicles?

 

Lucas Tesconi
EMC Working Papers

Within the debate around climate change, renewable energy sources (RES) hold an important place, some of which are perhaps more widely known than others. Next to solar and wind, biomethane is less well known and often even classified in “other renewable power”. However, it has a bright future as solar and wind showed their limitations in Autumn 2021, being partially responsible for the increase of gas prices in Europe.

More than ever, our growing dependence on intermittent energy sources makes it crucial to diversify the energy mix. It should be noted that, even though Europe is moving towards a system that heavily relies on electricity as an energy carrier, many industries such as iron or cement making are not yet ready to be powered by electricity, and hence rely heavily on fossil fuels.

Unlike other RES, biomethane shares almost all its characteristics with natural gas, making it interchangeable and suitable for industry applications, whilst using the existing gas transmission network.

As part of the quest to diversify its energy mix and increase its energy independence, the European Union is encouraging the development of methanation. Germany was the first country to get on board, and France is now joining its neighbour on this path. However, the urgent need for decarbonisation framed by the Paris Agreement seems to push all stakeholders into acting too quickly, leaving space for abusive practices and for things to get out of hand, to the detriment of sustainable agriculture practices.

Philip Mawusi Adiamah
EMC Working Papers

The potential for blockchain technology to profoundly disrupt the world as we know it is enormous. The financial system is often seen as the most vulnerable industry primed for disruption. This technology has the potential to disrupt a variety of industries, including aerospace and defence, supply chain and logistics, and energy management, most notably decentralised micro-grid systems.

Background

  • Examine the common misconceptions about the environmental impact of Blockchain mining
  • Analyse the options for transitioning blockchain mining away from fossil fuels and towards variable renewable energy sources (vRES)

 

Prof. Michael Jefferson
Published Papers

For over forty years energy expectations have been riddled with internal contradictions, and all too often a failure to recognise complexity, the nature and scale of the challenges to be faced, and resultant uncertainty. Key elements of Shell’s “World of Internal Contradictions” scenario, issued 

Kostas Andriosopoulos, Gulmira Rzayeva, Plamen Dimitrov, Leo Drollas, Jörg Himmelreich, John Roberts, Nicolò Sartori, Simone Tagliapietra, Theodoros Tsakiris, Mr. Mehmet Öğütçü, Christos Zisakis, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Filipos Ioannidis
Books

Over recent years, the European Union has been increasingly exploring new alternative routes and sources for natural gas due to energy security concerns, mostly associated with the Russian - Ukrainian circumstances and the significant role which natural gas is expected to have in the future. Currently it is considered as "the transition fuel" to the future green-energy reality. 

Prof. Michael Jefferson
Reports & others

Author: Prof. Michael Jefferson, Editor of the journal Energy Policy; Affiliate Professor, ESCP Europe; Professor, University of Buckingham.

Special Issues

Journal: Energy Policy

Guest-editors: Dr. Kostas AndriosopoulosProf. Constantin Zopounidis, Dr. Michael Doumpos, Dr. Spiros Papaefthimiou.

The objective of the Special Issue is to present new research results on the theory and modern practice of modeling and management of energy systems, emphasizing on their policy implications. The areas of interest include, networks design and management, oil and gas, smart grids, production optimization, efficiency analysis, optimization and assessment of renewable and sustainable/green energy systems, environmental issues, risk management, decision-making in the energy markets, and energy pricing, among others.

Cole, O.
Magazines' articles

Magazine: INFO.

Author: Dr. Othman Cole, Assistant Professor of Finance, ESCP Business School.

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Centre News
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29 June 2022

A talk with Carlos Guerrero, founder of The GreenWhale and MSc in Energy Management alumnus, about bidirectional electric chargers in Europe, forecasting why this is a great time to launch his turnkey service start-up based in Germany.

The ACEA reports that one in eleven cars sold in the EU last year was fully electric. Global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) reached 16.5 million in 2021, and the stock is expected to grow between 55 to 72 million by 2025 and between 140 to 235 million by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

 

 

14 April 2022

On 10th March 2022, the ESCP Energy Society organised a field trip to Verwood Solar Farm to learn more about solar energy as one of the low-carbon resources paving the way to a sustainable energy future. During the visit, members of the society were able to see and verify in real life what they have been studying about energy-transition projects, understand the unique challenges the industry is facing, and network with experts involved in managing different solar farms across the UK.

 

20 January 2022

On 10th March, students from the MSc in Energy Management specialisation will visit Verwood Solar Farm. It is owned by Belton Power, a well-established clean-energy company at the leading edge of renewables project development in the UK.

Located 3 km from Verwood in Dorset, the farm was built in 2014 and fully commissioned in February 2015. It awards benefit grants each year to local communities. This funding has helped various causes, including playground equipment for a local school and solar panels on the roof of the village hall.

01 November 2021

ESCP Business School and its Energy Management Centre (EMC) are delighted to announce that our ninth cohort of MSc in Energy Management students recently nominated the board members of the School’s Energy Society.

Board members offer leadership for carrying out the society’s initiatives and engage ESCP students from all campus in industry-related events, maximise networking opportunities and help them develop professional skills through a range of activities:

29 September 2021

A ground-breaking learning process that allows MSc in Energy Management students to dive into the challenges and opportunities in the energy industry.

The MSc in Energy Management - with the support of ESCP’s Energy Management Centre - provides an excellent platform to the world of energy. This specialisation gives students the opportunity to apply their learnings and skills in solving real-world business problems.

Energy Headlines
04 July 2022
Germany To Open New LNG Ports By Early 2023 In Bid To Cut Dependence On Russia
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said the effort to move away from Russian gas was proceeding at a pace that has "never been seen before in Germany."
04 July 2022
EU-Egypt-Israel MoU: Where does it leave Cyprus?
The island could have played a major role in this had its own LNG project at Vasilikos been allowed to proceed.
04 July 2022
Natural Gas Exploitation Key To Solving Africa’s Deforestation, Emissions and Energy Security Issues
Africa’s natural gas resources provide the continent with an opportunity to speed up the energy transition, reduce emissions and deforestation while at the same time addressing energy security.
04 July 2022
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Consequences for Global Decarbonization
Russia is the world’s largest energy exporter by a wide margin. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Western sanctions against Russia will therefore affect many parts of the global energy system.
04 July 2022
Norwegian strike could cut gas exports by 13%
Lederne members on June 30 voted down a proposed wage settlement that had been negotiated by companies and union bosses.
04 July 2022
Indonesia's PGN, Gunvor sign LNG pact
Specifically, PGN has entered into an agreement with Gunvor to supply LNG.
04 July 2022
France turns to gas for security amid nuclear outages [Gas In Transition]
France is expanding its regasification capabilities as it struggles with nuclear outages and fallout from the energy crisis, while also pursuing an end to Russian imports. [Gas in Transition, Volume 2, Issue 6]

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